This is an On-Demand course that includes an audio recording and a handout of slides that accompany the talk.

Behavioral Activation for Depression

Jonathan Kanter presents an introduction to Behavioral Activation (BA), an elegant, empirically supported treatment for depression.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the core components of BA.
  • Discuss how BA differs from Cognitive Therapy for depression in its handling of problematic thoughts and rumination.
  • Describe four ways of developing activation goals for a depressed patient.


Jonathan Kanter, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist working as a clinician, researcher, trainer and social activist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His primary affiliation is as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also the Director of the Depression Treatment Specialty Clinic and a Core Scientist for the Center for Applied Behavioral Health at UWM. Dr. Kanter's main interests are in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Behavioral Activation, and other "third wave" psychotherapies, applied broadly to issues spanning psychotherapy, human relating, and social justice. He and his students work closely together and have published 4 books and over 50 articles on these topics. Through their work they aim to maximize the power and efficiency of psychotherapy training, ensure that what they do is acceptable to clients and providers across diverse cultures and settings, and facilitate compassionate human relating and intimacy, which they see as fundamental to both personal growth and to bringing us together to fight for social justice and other changes necessary to improve the global community.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1 CE credit for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.


Past Reviews

Good review of behavioral activation - especially the research pertaining to BA. - Cormac McReynolds   

Excellent course. Concise review of a great deal of material. Relevant for clinicians and researchers. Watching was like having a one-on-one meeting with the presenter to learn about his expertise. Highly recommended. - Anonymous

I thought the course fit will with what could be accomplished in the short amount of time. Very good. Thank you. - Kim Van Orden

Very helpful overview. Great that it included worksheet samples. - Jeffery Edmiston