Introduction to BRIGHT

A Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Clients with Alcohol and Substance Use Problems (set of 5 DVDs)

by Kimberly A. Hepner, Stephanie Woo, Kenneth R. Weingardt, Geoffrey M. Curran


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This DVD set presents video containing demonstrations of techniques, strategies, and exercises used in the BRIGHT group therapy for depression. BRIGHT stands for Building Recovery by Improving Goals, Habits, and Thoughts, and is a manualized group cognitive behavioral therapy program for depression in individuals with co-occurring alcohol and drug use problems. BRIGHT counselors Sonia and Brian address common concerns about using a treatment manual, and guide viewers through steps in preparing to lead a BRIGHT group.

Included are techniques for building a strong therapeutic alliance with group members, working with unique challenges that depressed clients can present, explaining the cognitive behavioral therapy model to group members, and demonstrations of group exercises from each of the four BRIGHT modules (Thoughts, Behaviors, People Interactions, and Substance Abuse). Examples of screening and selecting group members, monitoring group members' depression during treatment, assigning and reviewing practice, graduating group members, and dealing with a wide range of challenges in leading a group (e.g., late arrivals or no shows, conflict between group members) are also included. Counselors Sonia and Brian demonstrate group exercises from the four BRIGHT modules (Thoughts, Behaviors, People Interactions, and Substance Abuse). One to two exercises are demonstrated from each of the four group sessions that comprise each BRIGHT module. The exercises are among those most challenging to lead, and each video highlights techniques and strategies counselors can use to effectively present the material to group members. Each video also contains questions for viewers to consider about how different clinical issues that can occur during these exercises might be handled.

This DVD set is useful for counselors who are planning to start a BRIGHT group and can serve as a reference for counselors who have previously led BRIGHT groups. The DVDs can also be used as a teaching tool by BRIGHT group supervisors and for BRIGHT trainings. This DVD set was developed through a collaboration between the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Approximate run time is 4 hours, 37 minutes.

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