Psychology

Title

The GIFT program for major depression: Integrating group, individual, and family treatment

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Traditional models of psychotherapy for depression have focused primarily on modification of a single area of functioning (e.g., cognition or behavior). The Group, Individual, and Family Treatment (GIFT) program is an integrative psychotherapy program designed to build on current cognitive and behavioral theory and technology, with modifications intended to create a more transportable and cost-effective version of existing group treatment. The authors describe the emotional fitness model of mental health that underlies the GIFT program. They then describe how GIFT structurally Integrates group, individual, and family-based Interventions. The authors explain how GIFT uses cognitive, behavioral, and acceptance-based strategies. They then present data from an open, uncontrolled trial. Thirteen of 20 (65%) patients initially presenting for treatment of major depression completed the GIFT program. Symptom reduction, as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory-H, was comparable to other group treatments for depression (pretreatment-posttreatment effect size, d = 1.95). Copyright 2005 by the Educational Publishing Foundation.

Publication Title

Journal of Psychotherapy Integration

Publication Date

2005

Volume

15

Issue

2

First Page

147

Last Page

168

ISSN

1053-0479

DOI

10.1037/1053-0479.15.2.147

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