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New Resources

Our team members and affiliates are committed to developing resources to help both lay people and professionals manage a wide range of conditions. Come back here any time for updates and new materials.

Vertigo and Dizziness
Available in English and Spanish

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This book on vertigo and dizziness, written by Dr. Lucy Yardley, is available for free in English and Spanish.

CBT Online Training Resources

All of our trainings are completely free to use. We only ask that before using the programs, you enter some brief, non-identifiable information about yourself by clicking here: Link to Survey

BRIGHT Courses

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This series of three online training courses teach addiction counselors how to implement a group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression in people who are in treatment for Substance use Disorder.

Manuals and Measures

We would love to get to know you! Please note that the manuals are intended to be used as self-help guides. All of our manuals and measures are completely free for download. We only ask that before downloading, you enter some brief, non-identifiable information about yourself by clicking here: Link to Survey

Prevention of Depression Manuals
Available in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean

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This course was used in the first randomized control trial designed to test whether major depressive episodes could be prevented (Muñoz & Ying, 1993). The study, called the San Francisco Depression Prevention Research Project, was awarded the 1994 Leland Rowland Prevention Award by the National Mental Health Association.

The Mothers and Babies Course: A Reality Management Course
Available in English, Spanish

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The goal of this manual is to provide high-risk women with an intervention aimed at preventing the onset of major depressive episodes during the pre and postpartum period. The primary aim of this course is to teach and enhance mood-management skills and maternal self-efficacy in mothers-to-be. The intervention includes a 12-week course during pregnancy and four “booster sessions” that take place during the first postpartum year, aimed at addressing the needs and issues most salient during the early postpartum period.

The Mothers and Babies Course: Relaxation Methods for Managing Stress
Available in English, Spanish

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The Relaxation Manual of the Mothers and Babies Course is given to the participants at the beginning of the Mothers and Babies Course, along with the main Participant Manual. In each, class, instructors are asked to use the manual to conduct the relaxation exercises. Given that one of the goals of the course is to teach participants to deal better with their daily stressors by incorporating relaxation exercises into their lives, instructors can use a variety of methods that do not require them to be in a relaxed position to obtain the benefits of relaxation.

BRIGHT CBT Depression Group Manuals
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The first version of this treatment program was developed as a set of three manuals for a research study to see whether the program could be helpful to people who were suffering from depression. The study was directed by Peter M. Lewinsohn, Ricardo F. Muñoz, Mary Ann Youngren, and Antonette Zeiss at the University of Oregon (Zeiss, Lewinsohn, & Muñoz, 1979). The authors of the original manuals combined them and published them as a self-help book titled "Control Your Depression" (Prentice Hall, 1978; revision published in 1986). The book was the source of several versions of this approach developed as treatment and prevention manuals at San Francisco General Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of California, San Francisco (Muñoz & Mendelson, 2005). BRIGHT and BRIGHT-2 were adapted from 2000 version of the group cognitive-behavioral treatment manual for depression developed by Professor Ricardo F. Muñoz and colleagues (Muñoz, et al., 2000).

BRIGHT Manuals for CBT for depression with Substance Abusers
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This manual is intended to help implement Building Recovery by Improving Goals, Habits, and Thoughts (BRIGHT). BRIGHT is a group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program for individuals with depression and co-occurring alcohol and drug use problems. The program allows health providers with little to no training in professional mental health counseling to deliver evidence-based depression treatment to individuals who seldom receive it. The current publication was adapted from the May 2000 revision of the “Manual for Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Major Depression: A Reality Management Approach” (Muñoz et al., 2000) by Watkins et al. In addition to modules covering thoughts, activities, and people, Watkins et al. added a module on substance abuse. Click here to view the results of their study, "An Effectiveness Trial of Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Patients With Persistent Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Treatment". These manuals were sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and were developed by RAND Health.

Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of Major Depression
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The particular perspective to CBT described here is a "reality management approach," developed by the senior author's experiences at San Francisco General Hospital since 1977. Patients at this county hospital have very few resources, they come from many cultural backgrounds, many have low levels of formal education, and many are immigrants and not English-speaking. Muñoz feels that for this population, changes in thoughts and behaviors must produce changes in the individuals' daily lives and social and physical environments to become long lasting. That is, patients must learn to manage their personal reality in a healthy manner.

Group Therapy Manual for the African American Women's Group

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This manual is a revised version of the Group Therapy Manual for Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Depression developed by Ricardo F. Muñoz and Jeanne Miranda. This modified manual from 1997 was created to serve the African American Women’s Group in the Cognitive-Behavioral Depression Clinic Division of Psychosocial Medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital.

Healthy Management of Reality
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The Healthy Management of Reality was developed by Ricardo Muñoz in 1996. It serves as the theoretical basis for the Cognitive-Behavioral treatment manuals on this site.

The Depression Treatment Manual
Available in Chinese

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Chinese translation of the Depression Treatment Manual developed at San Francisco General Hospital.

Psychological First Aid Manual from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Appendix E: available in English and Tagalog

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This manual is available in other languages at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network website.

The Center for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale

Radloff, L. S. (1977). The CES-D Scale: A self-report depression scale for research in the general population. Applied Psychological Measurement, 1, 385-401.

The CES-D (Center for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale) is a 20-item self-report scale that yields a continuous measure of depressive symptoms not keyed to a diagnostic system. It has been used extensively in epidemiological studies of depression in both Spanish and English.

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Mood Screener

The Mood Screener (also called the MDE Screener, for "Major Depressive Episode Screener") asks respondents whether they have experienced enough symptoms of major depression to meet criteria for major depressive episode currently or ever in their lifetime. It is keyed to the DSM criteria for MDE, including severity criteria. In addition to information on each MDE symptom, it can be used to categorize participants into three non-overlapping groups based on their responses:

  • No MDE Hx -- No lifetime history of major depressive episodes
  • Current MDE -- Reporting meeting criteria for a major depressive episode currently, that is, within the last two weeks.
  • Past MDE -- Reporting meeting criteria for a major depressive episode at some period in the past, but not currently.

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Link to studies from our group that have used the Mood Screener