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Core Psychological Interventions for Depression

Core Psychological Interventions for Depression

The Psychological Interventions Team within NES continues to work towards increasing the accessibility of psychological interventions and therapies for people with depression. The training programme has been developed and is continuing to be delivered to support the operationalisation of the 'matched stepped' care model throughout mental health services in Scotland:

Behavioural Activation for Depression

Behavioural Activation is an evidence-based psychological therapy that is recommended in The Matrix: A Guide for the Delivery of Evidence Based Psychological Therapies in Scotland (Scottish Government, 2011), the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) clinical guideline (2010) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2009) clinical guideline for the treatment and management of depression in adults. It is a psychological therapy that is ideally suited for delivery in a stepped care service model.

There are various forms of Behavioural Activation. In Scotland, NHS Education Scotland has focused on developing resources to support the delivery of two versions from the current literature:

  • Behavioural Activation (BA) (Jacobson & Martell)
  • Brief Behavioural Activation Treatment for Depression-Revised (BATD-R) (Lejuez & Hopko)

The Psychological Intervention Team has trained 75 trainers to provide local training in Behavioural Activation for Depression in health boards across Scotland.