Workshop: Treating Anhedonia with Dr Barney Dunn. April 28th 2017

Workshop: Treating Anhedonia with Dr Barney Dunn.  April 28th 2017

Friday 28th April 2017.

9:30am -12:30pm ( arrive by 09:15)

*This is a Free event*


‘The primary focus in CBT for depression has been on down-regulating negative thinking and feeling. However, it is increasingly realised that anhedonia, a reduction in the ability to experience pleasure, is also central to the onset and maintenance of depression, particularly more chronic presentations. Augmenting positive emotional experience and positive information processing has received less attention in the literature to date. There is increasing interest in the idea that anhedonia is central to mood disorders and should be more of a focus in treatment.’

Learning objectives

– Identify and formulate mechanisms that maintain anhedonia

– Optimise use of existing techniques to build positivity (including activity scheduling and positive data logs)

– A mixture of lecturing, experiential exercises, role play and therapy tapes will be used to meet these objectives.’

About the speaker

Barney Dunn is a research and clinical psychologist, currently employed as an Associate Professor at the University of Exeter Mood Disorders Centre. He leads a research programme characterising positivity deficits in depression and developing novel ways to build positivity in CBT. From 2015 to 2020 his positivity research programme is funded by an NIHR Career Development Fellowship. He has recently completed the Beck Scholar programme at the Beck Cognitive Therapy Institute in Philadelphia. He is BABCP accredited and was awarded diplomate membership of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2013. He co-directs the AccEPT clinic, a NHS commissioned research clinic developing novel treatments for mood disorders and in his ongoing clinical practice treats anhedonic depressed clients (see:

Key references

Dunn BD & Roberts H (2016). Improving the capacity to treat depression using talking therapies: Setting a positive clinical psychology agenda. In Wood A, Johnson J (Eds.) Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology.

Dunn, B.D. (2012). Helping depressed clients reconnect to positive emotion experience: Current insights and future directions. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 19, 326-340.

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