The Blues Program
The Blues Program is a school-based prevention program for adolescents with depressive symptoms or adolescents who are at risk of onset of major depression. The program is delivered by 1 or 2 Facilitators who are familiar with cognitive behavioral methods of prevention and treating depression. The program is delivered to groups of 4-8 adolescents, in one-hour sessions over 6 weeks with home practice assignments included. Group sessions include: building group rapport, increasing participant involvement in pleasant activities, learning and practicing cognitive restricting techniques, and developing response plans in future life stressors. Please note, if a youth’s assessment reveals current major depression and/or serious suicidal ideation, he/she should be referred for appropriate treatment.
Program Type and Risk Level
- Selective Prevention (Elevated Risk)
- Indicated Prevention (Early Symptoms of Problem)
- Cognitive-Behavioral Training
- Counseling and Social Work
Adolescents in High School (ages 15-18)
Risk and Protective Factors
- Risk Factors – Individual: Stress
- Protective Factors – Individual: Coping Skills
- Student Tracking Form
- Pre and Post Surveys – CES-D (Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, NIMH)
- Attendence Tracking Sheet
- Optional Exit Questionnaire: on page 36 of "Program Handouts Document"
Adherence and Model Fidelity Tools
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Developer Contact Information
Paul Rohde, Ph.D.
Oregon Research Institute
1776 Millrace Drive
Eugene, OR 97403