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IMPORTANT LEGACY NOTICE: Legacy Programs have not been reviewed by the current National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The programs in this database were reviewed only under the previous National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs system. This section is intended to be used for historical reference only. If you would like more information about a program listed here, please contact the program developer directly. The program developer of each Legacy Program listed here agreed to post program information on this site.

Acute Group Treatment for Adolescent Depression

Brief Program Description

Acute Group Treatment for Adolescent Depression is a cognitive-behavioral group treatment program for adolescents with depression. Mixed-gender groups of up to ten adolescents participate in 16 2-hour sessions over an 8-week period. Session topics include mood monitoring, social skills improvement, increasing pleasant activities, decreasing anxiety, reducing thoughts that cause depression, improving communication, and conflict resolution. Participants receive workbooks with brief readings, short quizzes, and homework assignments. Therapists are at least advanced-graduate psychology or social work students who receive 40 hours of specialized training in the intervention.

The program has been tested with 14- to 18-year-old adolescents diagnosed with major depressive disorder or dysthymia. The intervention was tested in two outpatient mental services clinics in Eugene and Portland, OR. Posttreatment, intervention participants had higher rates of recovery than a wait-list control group. Participants who were still depressed posttreatment were examined at 12- and 24-month followups. At 12 months, 100 percent of those assigned to booster sessions recovered, compared with 50 percent of those who were only assessed. At 24 months, 100 percent of those who had received booster sessions remained recovered, compared with 90 percent of those who had only been assessed.

Contact Information

For indepth information on this program, please use the contact listed below.

Program Developer

Gregory Clarke, Ph.D.
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
3800 North Interstate Boulevard
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: (503) 335-2400
Email: greg.clarke@kpchr.org

In January 2005, this program was designated as a Promising Program under SAMHSA's previous National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs system.