Implementing behavioural activation in inpatient psychiatric wards

Joe Curran (Sheffield Care Trust)
Paul Lawson (Clinical Lead for Inpatient CBT)
Simon Houghton (Sheffield Care Trust)
Kevin Gournay (Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Publication date: 1 September 2007


Behavioural activation is a contemporary behavioural treatment for depression that has the potential advantages of being more readily adopted in psychiatric inpatient environments than more complex psychological treatment approaches and requiring less intensive training than these approaches. In this article the theoretical and empirical foundations of behavioural activation are described along with an outline of the therapeutic process and key interventions used. Consideration is then given to factors influencing the implementation of BA in psychiatric inpatient environments.



Curran, J., Lawson, P., Houghton, S. and Gournay, K. (2007), "Implementing behavioural activation in inpatient psychiatric wards", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 28-35.

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