There is a distinct difference between a brief or transient feeling of sadness in response to something like a disappointing event or painful memory and the kind of depression that is more severe, chronic, or functionally debilitating. In this program, Dr. Penberthy focuses on assessment and treatment for the more chronic of these disorders, the recently designated DSM-5 category of Persistent Depressive Disorders (PDD). She reviews the unique qualities of PDD, especially related to issues regarding duration or timing of symptoms and presumed etiology. She also presents the empirically supported treatments currently used to address PDD, with a focus on the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), the approach specifically designed to treat PDD. The two primary therapeutic goals of CBASP are presented along with the strategies to implement these goals.
- Identify the key differences between acute and chronic forms of depression.
- Explain two empirically supported, theory-driven psychotherapy approaches to treat PDD.
- Describe two primary therapeutic tools of the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy for PDD.