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Live Webinar June 21 - Culturally-Attuned Behavioral Activation Across the Lifespan with Dr. Ann Steffen  
Friday, June 21, 2024 11:00 AM Eastern Time Zone (ET) - 12:30 PM Eastern Time Zone (ET)

Friday, June 21, 2024

11:00 AM- 12:30 PM Eastern/ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Central/ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Mountain/ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Pacific

1.5 CE Credits Awarded

$15 Student ABCT Members / $25 ABCT Members / $35 Non-Members

Intermediate Level

All prices listed in US currency



Long considered an important treatment for depression, behavioral activation (BA) is a robust and transdiagnostic change process. Because reinforcement-based deficits are evident across disorders, BA is an evidence-based means of targeting reward systems and avoidance for disorders beyond depression (e.g., in PTSD, anxiety, disordered eating and substance misuse/abuse).  Culturally-attuned BA combines activation with an intentional focus on personal values and meaning, and can be implemented by providers across levels of professional training. Improving session effectiveness and outcomes requires viewing age as a facet of diversity that intersects with other identities, calling for both humility and the age-appropriate application of culturally-attuned change strategies. This webinar highlights strategies and age-appropriate resources for applying BA with culturally diverse individuals across the lifespan, as we help our clients cultivate meaning in their daily lives.

Presenter Biography:

Ann Steffen, PhD, ABPP is a professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an experienced clinician, clinical supervisor and professional trainer.  Dr. Steffen is a faculty clinician at the UM-St. Louis Community Psychological Service, and is dual board certified in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology and in Geropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She is lead author on the 2nd edition of Treating Later-Life Depression: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach workbook and clinician guide  in Oxford University Press's Treatments ThatWork Series (Steffen et al., 2021).

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:

1.  Identify the features and advantages of Behavioral Activation as a transdiagnostic change strategy.

2.  Discuss rationale and technique for at least three components of Behavioral Activation that are culturally congruent.

3.  Describe clinician resources for age-appropriate Behavioral Activation with clients at specific points across the lifespan.

Recommended Readings:

1. Santos, M. M., Nagy, G. A., Kanter, J. W., & López, S. R. (2021). Applying a process-oriented model of cultural competence to behavioral activation for depression. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice28(2), 127-146.

2. Fernández-Rodríguez, C., Coto-Lesmes, R., Martínez-Loredo, V., González-Fernández, S., & Cuesta, M. (2023). Is activation the active ingredient of transdiagnostic therapies? A randomized clinical trial of behavioral activation, acceptance and commitment therapy, and transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy for emotional disorders. Behavior Modification, 47(1), 3–45.

3.  Martell, C. R., Dimidjian, S., & Herman-Dunn, R. (2021). Behavioral Activation for Depression: A Clinician's Guide. Guilford Publications.

4.  Wood, W. (2019). Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes that Stick. Macmillan Press.

5.  Steffen, A. M., Thompson, L. W. & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2021) Chapter 8: Skills for Doing: Values-Based Living and Solving Problems (pp. 127-143), in Treating Later-Life Depression: A Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Approach, Clinician Guide. Treatments That Work Series, Oxford University Press


All attendees will receive a certificate of completion when the course requirements are satisfied. Certificate of completion is included in the cost of the webinar

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies incurs significant administrative cost related to your registration before a webinar.  Therefore, there are no refunds for live webinars. If you unable to attend a webinar, we will provide you with the recorded version after the live presentation (which is still eligible for CE credit). If you wish to cancel or request to transfer your webinar registration to another webinar please email your request to

ABCT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ABCT maintains responsibility for this program and its content

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5797. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) to offer continuing education as Provider #4600

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0124


For more information, contact:

Rachel Lamb, ABCT Membership and Marketing Manager

212-647-1890 ext. 209


Contact:    Rachel Lamb
2126471890 ext. 209