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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

by Ari Zaretsky and Mark Fefergrad
When depression mires clients in self-critical thoughts, how do you help them regain a sense of balance and hope? Discover effective tools from a cognitive-behavioral lens in this instructional video, complete with clinical vignettes.

Part of the 6-video series: Psychotherapy Essentials to Go

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression
One of depression’s most troubling symptoms is a client’s chronically negative outlook—and understanding how to alleviate it is key to successful treatment. In this accessible video, Drs. Ari Zaretsky and Mark Fefergrad demonstrate essential techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address depression’s most intractable issues. Here, the two Toronto-based therapists outline core tenets and tools of CBT and, in an annotated series of clinical vignettes, show you how to integrate them into your work with depressed clients.

An evidence-based treatment rooted in the clinical discoveries of Dr. Aaron Beck, CBT emphasizes the interactive relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Zaretsky and Fefergrad cover important CBT techniques, strategies, and goals, and they discuss both the cognitive and behavioral issues clients may bring to your office.

You’ll then see each clinician apply these tools in their work with Clare, a mother of three whose fearful, self-critical thoughts about her parenting abilities leave her exhausted and overwhelmed. Zaretsky’s supportive inquiries into her “hot thoughts” and the challenging emotions they bring allow Clare to reflect and work collaboratively on CBT’s Automatic Thought Record. Cognitive restructuring is highlighted here as well. Then, Fefergrad guides Clare through the CBT exercises of homework, activity scheduling, and graded tasks, ultimately helping her design a realistic plan that meets her needs for exercise and self-care.

In both cases, the therapists support Clare through an illuminating, solution-oriented process, and after treatment has concluded, she reports feeling more at ease, more empowered, and more in control of her moods.

This video is an excellent resource for anyone seeking a CBT primer, tools for working with depression, or an understanding of psychotherapy from a cognitive standpoint. Don’t let this title pass you by.

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When depression traps clients in self-critical, ruminating thoughts, how do you help them regain a sense of empowerment and hope? In this video, CBT experts Drs. Ari Zaretsky and Mark Fefergrad demonstrate essential interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the widely practiced, empirically supported method focused on depression’s most difficult symptoms. Here, the two clinicians provide a didactic overview of the model and, in a series of clinical vignettes, demonstrate how to support clients through negative core beliefs and the unhelpful behaviors that ensue.

Here, Zaretsky and Fefergrad are shown assisting Clare, a mother of three experiencing symptoms of depression and a sense of hopelessness since the birth of her last child. The therapists’ annotated sessions illustrate the effective use of empathic reflection, the automatic thought record, the downward arrow technique, Socratic questioning, and cognitive restructuring. You’ll also learn how to collaboratively develop homework assignments, activity scheduling, and graded tasks to support treatment goals, and you’ll get a theoretical review of CBT’s cognitive model. In all, these two clinicians present theory, skills, and interventions that you can start using with your clients today.

With its rich set of takeaways, this video offers practical tools to support your work with clients suffering from the challenging psychological effects of depression. If you’re in search of solid resources on CBT or depression, be sure to add this video to your library.

By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand the theoretical foundations of CBT and its application to depression.
  • Learn how to use CBT tools such as the automatic thought record and activity scheduling.
  • Discover ways to apply CBT techniques such as the downward arrow, Socratic questioning, and cognitive restructuring.
Length of video: 00:58:00
English subtitles available on: Stream
Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-519-9
Ari Zaretsky, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, has extensive experience in CBT treatment, teaching, and supervision.

Mark Fefergrad, MD, is Assistant Professor and the Director of Postgraduate Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a leader in postgraduate CBT education and has practiced and taught CBT extensively.
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Learning objectives:

  • Understand the theoretical foundations of CBT and its application to depression.
  • Learn how to use CBT tools such as the automatic thought record and activity scheduling.
  • Discover ways to apply CBT techniques such as the downward arrow, Socratic questioning, and cognitive restructuring.