Principle: Behavioral Activation

This page offers a series of videos regarding behavioral activation and also a series of additional training and patient materials.

Featuring psychologist and Behavioral Activation expert, Dr. Christopher Martell, these videos illustrate components of treatment with a graduate student patient “Max” (played by a graduate student actor).


Brief videos (~15 minutes) outlining components of Behavioral Activation

Behavioral Activation: Case Conceptualization and Rationale

Behavioral Activation: Developing and assigning homework

Behavioral Activation: Troubleshooting Barriers

For those who are interested in seeing longer videos that show more of the full sessions:

Behavioral Activation: Case Conceptualization & Rationale – long version

Behavioral Activation: Developing and assigning homework – long version

Behavioral Activation: Troubleshooting Barriers – long version

Filmed at the 2019 meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Atlanta, GA, these videos were created by the Committee for the Advancement and Dissemination of Resources Supporting Evidence-Based Practice in collaboration with the following organizations: Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.
Funding was provided by the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science,  University of Virginia Learning Technology Incubator Grant Program, and the SSCP Varda Shoham Clinical Scientist Training Initiative Grant.


Supporting materials

Patient handouts

Teaching resources: Role plays and Discussion questions

Developmental Considerations

Flexible Use of Worksheets

Behavioral Activation Techniques while Physical Distancing