Computer-Based Training in Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depressed Adults
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This is a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant application to support the development of an innovative, online training program to aid in the dissemination of Behavioral Activation, a therapy
for depression (BA). The current application represents a cooperative partnership between the PI, who with colleagues, developed and evaluated the efficacy of BA, and the small business, Behavioral Tech Research, Inc., a company dedicated to disseminating
effective psychosocial treatments. BA is an evidence-based practice for major depressive disorder, which may have particular transportability advantages. The proposed online training program will substantially aid in the vital training of both community c
linicians and clinical students the utilization of this evidence-based practice. Specifically, the initial aims of this Phase I proposal are to: 1) Determine content for the prototype utilizing an advisory board of BA experts; 2) Create the prototype using
an iterative process of development and evaluation; and, 3) Conduct a feasibility pilot study (n=30) using a randomized controlled trial to evaluate gains in knowledge of BA, recall of BA components, and self-efficacy in conducting the initial two session
s with patients with major depression. In the event of a successful Phase I test of feasibility, we will substantially expand the multimedia program and its evaluation in Phase II. Major depression is a pervasive and debilitating disorder, for which the ma
jority of individuals receive no or inadequate treatment, despite the fact that efficacious treatments exist. Increasing the availability of such treatments requires widely available and effective training materials that will facilitate the utilization of
such approaches by practicing clinicians. Behavioral activation (BA) is an evidence-based practice for depression that may have important transportability advantages; this project aims to develop innovative interactive online training in BA, in order to in
crease dissemination of evidence-based practices and improve clinical outcomes for adults suffering from depression.
Small Business Information at Submission:
BEHAVIORAL TECH RESEARCH, INC.
BEHAVIORAL TECH RESEARCH, INC. 2133 Third Ave SEATTLE, WA 98121
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