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Depression

JACQUELINE CORCORAN and JANE HANVEY PHILLIPS

in Building Strengths and Skills

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195154306
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864287 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154306.003.0008
 Depression

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This chapter discusses how to apply the strengths- and skills-building model to the problem of depression with an emphasis on solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral therapies. The purpose is to empower the client with a focus on what is going well and to take concrete steps to a depression-free future. Specific techniques from solution-focused therapy include the use of idiosyncratic language, normalizing, coping questions, orienting toward the future, exception-finding, externalizing, and scaling. Techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) include social skill training, feeling identification and management, and cognitive-restructuring. However, a strengths orientation pervades the application of CBT techniques to continue the positive and hopeful thrust of solution-focused therapy to the problem of depression.

Keywords: suicidal; solution-focused therapy; cognitive-behavioral therapy; CBT; social skill training; feeling identification; cognitive-restructuring

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