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Learning how to feel good: How to overcome anhedonia and build wellbeing using Augmented Depression Therapy (ADepT)

Presented by Dr Barney Dunn

About the event

This is an online, participative event on the Zoom meeting platform, organised by the Manchester Branch.

The event will not be recorded.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 4 x hours CPD.

Registration closes - Midday Tuesday 12 September. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment!

The primary focus in CBT for depression has been on down-regulating negative thinking and feeling. However, it is increasingly realised that anhedonia, a reduction in the ability to experience pleasure, is also central to the onset and maintenance of depression and should be paid more attention in treatment. Clients describe the repair of positive emotion experience and broader wellbeing as a critical element of recovery from depression. This workshop will focus on ways to reduce anhedonia using Augmented Depression Therapy (ADepT) – a novel therapy targeting positive emotions and wellbeing.

This workshop will introduce ADepT as a standalone approach and also consider ways therapists could integrate elements from ADepT into their routine CBT practice. While the primary clinical focus will be on depression (with an emphasis complex and comorbid cases), the material covered will also be relevant for a range of other clinical presentations that involve anhedonia and reduced wellbeing. There will be opportunities to observe, practice and reflect on the application of skills.

This workshop is aimed at moderately experienced to advanced practitioners.

Key Learning Objectives
• Provide an overview of the rationale, style and structure of Augmented Depression Therapy (ADepT)
• Present a rationale for a positivity focus that is not perceived by clients as “PollyAnna-ish” and develop skills in a positive, solution focused therapy style
• Identify, formulate, and learn ways to target mechanisms that maintain anhedonia and inhibit wellbeing
• Optimise use of existing CBT techniques to build positivity (including activity scheduling, positive data logs, and working with values)

About the presenter(s)

Dr Barney Dunn is a research and clinical psychologist, currently employed as a Professor at the University of Exeter Mood Disorders Centre. He leads a research programme characterising positivity deficits in depression and developing novel ways to build positivity in CBT. From 2015 to 2020 his positivity research programme was funded by an NIHR Career Development Fellowship, where he focused on developing and evaluating Augmented Depression Therapy. He has recently completed the Beck Scholar programme at the Beck Cognitive Therapy Institute in Philadelphia.

Dr Dunn is BABCP accredited and was awarded diplomate membership of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2013. He co-directs the AccEPT clinic, a NHS commissioned research clinic developing novel treatments for mood disorders and in his ongoing clinical practice works with treatment resistant depressed clients. He is a regular CBT trainer and supervisor in national and international settings.


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Online Event
15 Sep 2023
50.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
65.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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