Behavioral Activation for Depression Across the Developmental Spectrum

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 8 am to 4 pm (6.0 instructional hours)
Place: Maggiano’s Little Italy – Old Orchard (4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL)
Fee: $90 – includes continental breakfast, family style lunch, and afternoon refreshments with beverage service throughout the day, plus handouts and certificate (mailed post-event).

Registration is closed: We are honored by the strong interest in this continuing education seminar. As we have reached the enrollment capacity, registration is now closed.

To be added to the wait list: Please send an email to with “Skokie CE Seminar Wait List” as the subject line.  In your message, please include your first and last names, your credentials (e.g., LCSW, PhD), and a daytime phone number where you can be reached.  We will reply to confirm you are on the list and contact you if there are any openings for this seminar.

Who Should Attend

Psychologists, masters-level social workers, and licensed professional counselors who work with depressive disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Appropriate for intermediate level practitioners.

About the Program

Behavioral activation (BA) is a “well-established, empirically validated treatment” of depression (Mazzucchelli, Kane, and Rees, 2009). Learn strategies for using BA with patients who often present with severe depression and a variety of co-occurring diagnoses. Information will be presented on a novel treatment approach including BA, strategies from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and exposure-based treatments for anxiety. You will learn how BA is used to reduce depression while assisting individuals in living a more meaningful life in line with their values. You will also learn strategies for frequently assessing and managing non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors/urges as well as suicidal ideation. Significant time will be allotted to discussion of this approach with adolescents, including modifications that may be needed, in addition to using this approach with adults.


Learning objectives

Upon completion of the instructional program, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic techniques of BA for depression and how these apply to both adolescents and adults.
  2. Identify the theory underlying and empirical support for BA.
  3. Summarize several strategies informed by DBT skills to manage distress and urges to self-harm.
  4. Identify individuals who would benefit from this treatment approach incorporating BA, DBT skills, and exposure-based interventions.
  5. Summarize how data from self-report assessments may inform the case conceptualization and treatment plan.
  6. Describe how family members can support this treatment approach, and options for how to include them in the treatment process.

Program at-a-glance

8 amRegistration and continental breakfast
8:25 amWelcome (housekeeping) and presenter introduction
8:30 - 10 am

Instructional program: Presentations of depression across development

  • Depression in adolescents and adults
  • Assessment/differential diagnosis
10 - 10:15 amBreak
10:15 – 11:45 am

Instructional program: Cognitive behavioral therapy treatment and application

  • Using behavioral activation
  • Using exposure for anxiety
  • Involving families in treatment/addressing accommodation
11:45 Lunch break (provided)
12:30 – 2 pm

Instructional program: Cognitive behavioral therapy treatment and application (continued)

  • Using behavioral activation
  • Using exposure for anxiety
  • Involving families in treatment/addressing accommodation
2 – 2:15 pm

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Instructional program: Troubleshooting and case discussion

  • Intolerance of affect and use of DBT skills
  • Behavioral and cognitive rigidity
  • Introducing flexibility with inflexible clients
  • Discussion of audience cases/final discussion
3:45 – 4 pmCompletion of participant evaluations and continuing education certificate request forms

Meet the presenters

Paula R. Young, PhD, ACT, serves as clinical director of Rogers Behavioral Health’s Chicago area locations. Dr. Young has extensive clinical, teaching, and research experience in the areas of depression and anxiety disorders. She has presented to numerous clinical and academic audiences across the country.

Meg Reuland, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioral-based treatment interventions for youth with mood and anxiety disorders. She is the clinical supervisor for pediatric programs at Rogers Behavioral Health in Skokie.

Continuing education credits

Each professional is responsible for the individual requirements as stipulated by his/her licensing agency. Please contact your individual licensing board/regulatory agency to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

All participants who complete and submit a participation evaluation and request for continuing education credit forms upon departure will receive a certificate in the US mail within two weeks. Psychologists and social workers must attend entire event to receive CE credit.

Social Workers: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health, provider number 1101, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory board have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health maintains responsibility for this course. Approval period: October 19, 2017 – October 19, 2020. Social workers completing this course receive 6.0 clinical continuing education credits.

Professional Counselors: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6192. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 6.0 instructional clock hours will be awarded.

Psychologists: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Rogers Memorial Hospital designates this live seminar for 6.0 continuing education credits; no partial credits will be awarded.

Other professionals: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health will issue a certificate of attendance commensurate with the extent of your participation in this activity.


The registration deadline is two weeks prior to the seminar date. Registrations are taken on a first come, first serve basis until enrollment capacity is reached. All registrations must be pre-paid. If registering within two weeks of the seminar, call 262-646-1356 for space availability.

Online registration is recommended. Go to for secure online registration and payment with your PayPal account or major credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express). If you prefer to pay by check, you may click here to download the registration form and mail with your payment. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email, US mail or FAX.

Please note

Cancellation: If you need to cancel your registration, please email or call 262-646-1356. Please note that no refunds will be given.

Special Needs: ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law; please indicate your special needs at the time of registration.

Grievances: If a grievance arises pertaining to continuing education activities or processes, please contact the CE chair to submit a complaint via confidential email to:, or by mail to: Nancy Goranson, PsyD, Rogers Memorial Hospital, 11101 W Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53227, as soon as possible, so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion.

Questions or concerns: To review the program agenda prior to attendance, or if there are questions or concerns not addressed in this announcement, please email or call 262-646-1356.


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