CBT and Depression

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the cognitive triad typical of clients with depression.
  • Discuss the common maintenance processes of depression.
  • Develop a CBT case formulation for a client experiencing depression.
  • Identify treatment strategies for clients experiencing depression.


CBT was initially developed to treat depression. The most common presentations in therapy for CBT practitioners are depression and anxiety disorders. Students will learn to recognize the symptoms of depression and create a case formulation to aid in understanding and explaining a client’s problems.


Include a title page and a reference page. An introduction/conclusion is not necessary. Organize the answers using APA style. 

Submit a maximum of 7 pages addressing the following:

  1. Identify the cognitive triad typical of clients with clinical depression (one paragraph).
  2. Discuss the common maintenance processes of depression.
  3. Consider a hypothetical client experiencing major depression. Address the first 3 steps of the Course of Treatment in Chapter 12 on page 283 of your textbook for this client. For #3, include Activity Scheduling & Behavioural Activation and one additional early-stage cognitive strategy.

NOTE: Textbook:    Kennerley, H., Kirk, J., & Westbrook, D. (2017). An introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy – Skills and applications (3rd ed.). Sage Publications.


  • Required components: Title page, and Reference page
  • Length of Assignment: The text body of paper (i.e., not including references, title page or abstract) should consist of approximately 5 double-spaced typed pages, Times New Roman font size: 12).
  • Format: Please, format your assignment in Word (files with extension .doc or .docx), or Rich Text Format (files with extension .rtf).
  • References: Reference both videos.


Any sources used to support your written narrative should be cited using correct APA format. Although Wikipedia can be a useful starting place to gather very general information no Wikipedia references will be accepted as scholarly citations.


The following rubric indicates those areas you should be focusing on in preparing this assignment, and how the professor will weigh these components relative to one another. 

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