Transdiagnostic Treatment of Depression: Targeting Mechanisms for Lasting Change
Individuals seeking therapy for depression often present with features of multiple problems—e.g., bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality—making it difficult for clinicians to determine which treatment protocol is best suited for their depressed patients. Increasing interest in and support for transdiagnostic approaches underscores the importance of targeting underlying psychological mechanisms: vulnerabilities and patterns of responses that are believed to trigger and maintain cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physiological symptoms across diagnostic categories. Despite this growing trend, therapists have very little guidance for determining which mechanisms to target for their specific patients and how to plan effective treatment plans around them.
This webinar presents a clinical roadmap that provides a clear step-wise process of identifying client-specific transdiagnostic mechanisms (TDMs) with clients and directly targeting TDMs using interventions from evidence-based treatments such as CBT, ACT, and DBT. Rather than a prescribed protocol, this practical tool helps therapists navigate assessment and treatment planning on a case-by-case basis using depression-linked TDMs (e.g., negative schemas, rumination, information processing biases) as their guidepost to best meet the individualized needs of depressed patients and help them achieve therapy and life goals.