Brief Behavioral Skills Modules

This series of videos presented by Drs. Kari Stephens and Patrick Raue of the University of Washington is intended for community mental health counselors and primary care providers who are interested in integrating behavioral skills into their practice. Each module provides an overview of an evidence-based behavioral skill and suggestions on how these skills can be integrated into practice settings. 


Module 1: CBT for Anxiety (CBT-A)

Anxiety is the most treatable and common mental health condition we know of today and treatments are highly effective and well-studied over many decades. These treatments are also shown to work with complex patients in primary care. However, treating anxiety can require patients to expose themselves to situations that are difficult. This module will walk clinicians through how to approach treatment of anxiety in a primary care setting. 

See Module 1 page here.


Module 2: Behavioral Activation

Behavioral Activation is an evidence-based treatment for depressive symptoms. Behavioral Activation is a structured and brief approach to treatment that targets patterns of avoidance, withdrawal, and inactivity that are common among those with depressive symptoms.

See Module 2 page here.


Module 3: DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Distress Tolerance Skills are an evidence-based approach that teaches patients skills to help them tolerate distressing thoughts and emotions. Distress Tolerance (DT) skills are appropriate for patients who are experiencing crisis, especially those who are experiencing a serious problem that cannot be solved in the moment.

See Module 3 page here.



picture of Kari StephensKari Stephens, PhD

Clinical Psychologist with the University of Washington School of Medicine, a UW Associate Professor of Family Medicine; an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education.





image of Patrick RauePatrick Raue, PhD

Clinical Psychologist at UWMC-Roosevelt, Associate Director for the University of Washington Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions; Director of the National Network of Problem Solving Treatment Clinicians; Trainers, & Researchers and a UW Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Population Health.


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