Essay on A Short Term Intervention Derived From Behavioral Therapy

1214 Words Nov 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Theoretical Underpinnings and Analysis
A short term intervention derived from behavioral therapy is Behavioral Activation (BA). Designed primarily as a brief treatment for depression, BA lays the groundwork to empowerment or stimuli by identifying the components of a behavior analysis which pertain to; reason, purpose and motivation. Charles Ferster’s functional analysis of depression has been described as the theoretical underpinning of BA. In support of the conceptualization of depression through behavior, it has been noted that a common component of depression is the depleted participation in pleasure seeking and enjoyable activities. In the behavioral model developed by Lewishohn, it is explained how when people’s lives change along with stressful events, have the potential to bring depression and impede the performance of daily routines that can bring satisfaction and joy, often eliminating positive environmental reinforcement. The lack of engagement in enjoyable settings precipitated by avoidance when used as a coping mechanism for depression further reinforces a depressive pattern of deprivation and isolation. This of course can create a repeating cycle of seclusion, misguided in an effort to alleviate a depressive episode. Without the engagement, it is suggested how lack of stimuli can only provide a maintenance to depressive symptoms for a consumer. Activation relies on taking action, encouraging consumers to seek rewards through actions and behavior. These…

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