Coping with the Seasons: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Seasonal Affective Disorder (“Treatments that Work” Series)

Title: Coping with the Seasons: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Seasonal Affective Disorder (“Treatments that Work” Series)
Author: Rohan, K. J.
Year: 2009
Description: Coping with the seasons: A cognitive behavioral approach to Seasonal Affective Disorder – (SAD) affects a significant number of individuals, with an even greater percentage of population suffering from a milder version of the “winter blues.” Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has long been recognized as an effective treatment for depression and now there is evidence that CBT can also benefit those with SAD. The group program outlined in this therapist guide tailors CBT for depression to the special needs of the SAD population. It can be used as part of an individual or group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program, which may also be combined with light therapy. It can be easily adapted for use in individual therapy. The therapist guide details twelve sessions to be completed over a six-week period. It gives step-by-step instruction for session activities and discussion. SAD-specific examples, sample dialogues, and diagrams help illustrate the points to be covered. Participants are provided with psychoeducation to further their understanding and awareness of SAD. They learn techniques to reduce symptoms, such as pleasant activity scheduling and cognitive restructuring. By increasing the amount of pleasant activities and changing thoughts and beliefs to be more adaptive, participants reverse the downward spiral of inactivity, negative thoughts and beliefs, and depressed mood. Relapse prevention helps participants maintain their gains and prepare for future winter seasons.

Home practice is an important part of the program and a corresponding workbook includes forms for each session. The workbook describes possible causes and how symptoms progress. Each chapter corresponds to a session of therapy so you can easily follow along with the program.

This is part of the “Treatments that Work” series that contain manuals and workbooks with step-by-step, detailed procedures for assessing and treating specific problems and diagnoses.

Age Range: Adults
Administration: Individual and Group
Inventory: 1 Complete Kit

  • 1 Therapist Guide @ $ 50.00
  • 1 Workbook @ $40.00
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Qualification Level: Level A or 3
Test Category: Clinical Assessment
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