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Using Behavioral Activation Treatment to Treat Perinatal Mood Disorders

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Recorded on Thursday February 22, 2018 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM EST

Using Behavioral Activation Treatment to Treat Perinatal Mood Disorders

Featuring: Dr. Jackie K. Gollan, PhD

Dr. Jackie Gollan is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The University of Washington in Seattle in 1999, her clinical internship at Brown University Medical School in Providence Rhode Island in 2000, and her postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston MA in 2001. Between 2001 and 2006, she worked as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Chicago, and then in 2006, she transferred to Northwestern. She is a clinical researcher and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her clinical expertise focus on the delivery of evidence-based psychotherapies for depression and anxiety, with a focus on behavioral activation and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her clinical research focused on identifying mechanisms of treatment response uses multiple methods (e.g., neuroimaging, computer tasks, biological challenges) towards the goal of developing an effective treatment for depression.

Webinar Description

This webinar will describe the structure and techniques of an effective behavioral intervention for perinatal depression.

The presentation is based on current research findings on the biological and psychological changes that are experienced in pregnancy and postpartum and their links with anxiety and depression. Specific treatment techniques are described with a focus on gender-sensitive psychotherapy treatment for effectively addressing depression across the perinatal phase.  Supported by earlier studies on depression, Behavioral Activation (BA) treatment has been shown to be an effective treatment option for perinatal depression. The Behavioral Activation model suggests that depression is experienced in a measurable manner when pregnant and postpartum women face aversive situations, lose or disrupt their routines, and have less opportunity to regenerate positive activities.

 This webinar will shows clinicians how to teach their patients how to override avoidance and misery through an increase experiences and sources that positively reinforce non-depressed behavior; replace disrupted routines with routines of enjoyment and mastery; and acquire skills to reduce avoidance.

 Come and join this exciting new webinar to learn more about how to address depression in perinatal women through the effective Behavioral Activation Model!


Learning Objectives

1.  Describe the Behavioral Activation model of illness and treatment.

2.  Summarize common clinical challenges in perinatal depression;

3.  Describe specific treatment techniques;

4.  Outline how to measure mechanisms of productive therapeutic change;

5.  Guide you on next steps towards achieving competency and adherence in BA.


Learning Level


This webinar is not eligible for CE / credit hour.