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(p. 127) Module 3: Skills for Doing: Values-Based Living and Solving Problems 

(p. 127) Module 3: Skills for Doing: Values-Based Living and Solving Problems
(p. 127) Module 3: Skills for Doing: Values-Based Living and Solving Problems

Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

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date: 23 May 2022

Considerable research done over the past 50 years has shown that as individuals become more actively engaged in daily life, depressive symptoms decrease. Thus, increasing daily rewarding, meaningful, and valued activities is a priority in treatment for depression. This chapter supports providers as they implement behavioral activation and problem-solving strategies consistent with clients’ personal values and strengths. The clinician’s focus should be on helping aging clients understand the role of activities in depression, engage in positive daily activities, and apply the steps of problem solving to anticipate and remove barriers. This chapter also describes the Practice forms provided for clients’ use between psychotherapy and integrated primary care sessions to remember and use these skills. This chapter directs practitioners to apply specific strategies that are responsive to the needs of culturally diverse aging clients, including within the context of telehealth.

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