What is the theory behind this Behavioural Activation Therapy Worksheet?
Behavioral Activation is an intervention majorly used to help depressed individuals with increasing day to day activities that can affect their mood positively. Oftentimes depressive symptoms lead individuals to neglect not just their daily responsibilities but any sort of positive or pleasurable activities. Behavioural activation helps them to identify the activities that can improve their mood and overall well being and start incorporating those in their daily schedules.
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet is based on the process of exploring activities that one finds or used to find pleasurable before their depressive symptoms took over their life. ‘Pleasure’ activities include all activities that are done just for the sake of enjoyment or fun. Once a list has been formulated it can be incorporated in the Activity Schedule.
How to use the worksheet?
Instruct the client to think of and write down all activities that they find or used to find pleasurable. They can be anything such as their hobbies or interests or any social activities etc. When they write down the activity they also have to give it a pleasure rating of 1 – 10.
Behavioural Activation Therapy Worksheet
Pleasure’ activities are those that are done just for the sake of enjoyment and fun. Think of and write down all such activities based on your previous experiences. Give them a rating of 1 – 10 to indicate how pleasurable they are for you. They can be social activities, any hobbies or interests and sensory experiences etc.
Following are some example activities that are considered to increase feelings of pleasure:
|Long drives||Watching movies||Volunteering|
|Dancing||Reading books||Dining out|
|Music||Taking care of a pet||A trip to the sea|
|Pleasurable Activities||Pleasure rating 1 – 10|
Cullen, J.M., Spates, C.R., Pagoto, S.L., & Doran, N. (2006). Behavioral Activation Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder: A Pilot Investigation. The behavior analyst today, 7, 151-166.
Veale, D. (2018) Behavioural activation for depression. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 14, 29–36.
You can download this worksheet here.