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This DVD presents video examples of depressed clients and illustrates a variety of basic cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques that can be used to help these clients understand the connection between their thoughts, behaviors, and mood. CBT therapist Sonia demonstrates how to use guided imagery and behavioral activation strategies to help her client Joe understand how his behaviors and mood are connected. Sonia also demonstrates how guided imagery, examining evidence supporting and refuting harmful thoughts, and other in-session techniques that can be used to help Joe understand the connection between his thoughts and mood. This DVD will be useful for clinicians who are new to using CBT to treat depression. It can also be used as a teaching tool by supervisors or course instructors who are working with students or trainees learning CBT. This DVD was developed through a collaboration between the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Approximate run time is 26 minutes.

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