Intervention Programs

ACORDA

Wake Up For Your Life - Psychotherapeutic Intervention Program for Depression in Teens

Program consisting of 12 weekly sessions, applied to depressed adolescents aged between the 14 and 18 years old. Based on the third generation psychotherapeutic approaches, the program integrates components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. Its main objective is to develop psychological flexibility and self-compassion, since this are psychological processes that are significantly associated with depression and that appear in the literature as important mediators and moderators of therapeutic results.

Contact

Andreia Azevedo

andreia.azevedo81@gmail.com

Alinha com a Vida – Programa de Promoção de Competências Emocionais e Sociais

The Program aims to promote emotional intelligence of adolescents.

Contact

Célia Barreto Carvalho

celia.mo.carvalho@uac.pt

BeAMom

Be a Mom: A web-based intervention to prevent postpartum depression and promote emotional wellbeing in the postpartum period

BeAMom is a web-based psychological intervention designed to promote maternal mental health (by preventing postpartum depression and promoting wellbeing) in the postpartum period. BeAMom is a self-guided short-term intervention, developed upon the third-generation CBT-approaches (self-compassion and acceptance and commitment therapies) applied to the specificities of the perinatal context. It has a modular set-up that is updated weekly, with each of the 5 modules addressing 1 or 2 specific thematic contents (e.g., emotions, cognitions, social support). In each module, participants will be provided with psychoeducational content (text format, audio, video and animations) and therapeutic strategies, with interactive and feedback tools to support learning. The concept and content of the BeAMom was developed by the research team and the technical development was conducted by our technology company partner, Redlight Software.

Contact

Ana Fonseca

ana.fonseca77@gmail.comVisit site

BeCA

Be Compassionately Aware – A compassion and mindfulness-based intervention for the promotion of mental and physical well-being in the general population

The BeCA is an 8-week compassion and mindfulness-based group intervention, supported by digital online resources, that aims to develop adaptive emotion regulation abilities, specifically (self-)compassion and mindfulness, and to promote mental well-being and psychophysiological, neuroendocrine and inflammatory stress responses, in the general population.

Contact

Marcela Matos

marcela.s.matos@gmail.com

BeCAM

Be Compassionately Aware for Motherhood – A compassion and mindfulness based intervention for the promotion of perinatal and postpartum health and wellbeing

BeCAM is a 8-week group compassion and mindfulness-based intervention, supported by digital online resources, that aims to promote women’s perinatal wellbeing, emotion regulation, experience of motherhood and childbirth self-efficacy, and reduce psychopathology symptoms. BeCAM also aims to improve the mother-infant bond, childbirth outcomes, and newborn health indicators.

Contact

Marcela Matos

marcela.s.matos@gmail.com

BeCAW

Be Compassionately Aware at Work – A compassion and mindfulness-based intervention for the promotion of mental well-being of corporative staff

BeCAW is an 8-week compassion and mindfulness-based group intervention, supported by digital online resources, that aims to develop adaptive emotion regulation abilities, specifically (self-)compassion and mindfulness, and to promote mental well-being, job-related well-being, work engagement and motivation and interpersonal relationships, in corporative staff and leaders.

Contact

Marcela Matos

marcela.s.matos@gmail.com

BEfree

BEfree: Group Intervention Programme for Binge Eating Disorder

BEfree is a psychological program for women with binge eating and obesity. It integrates psychoeducation, mindfulness, compassion and promotion of self-care actions in a complementary manner throughout its 12 sessions, each with duration of 2h30. BEfree is a standardized intervention carried out in a group format, and it is manualized in order for trained health-care professionals to guide group sessions.

Contact

José Pinto-Gouveia

jpgouveia@fpce.uc.pt

BT-SAD-A

Behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder in adolescence

Intervention program based on the principles of the behavioral theory as applied to social anxiety disorder in adolescence and designed to be applied in school context with students attending the 7ththrough the 12thgrade. It includes six one hour weekly sessions in which the following techniques are applied: behavioral gradual exposure, muscular relaxation and breathing, and counter-conditioning of anxious social events.

Contact

Paula Vagos

paulavagos@fpce.uc.pt

CARE

Compassionate Attention and Regulation of Eating Behaviour

The CARE is a mindfulness and compassion-based brief (4-week) self-help intervention designed for women from the general population with binge eating and BED.

Contact

Cristiana Duarte

c.duarte@leeds.ac.uk

CFT for young offenders

This is a structured 20-session handbook of Compassion Focused Therapy for young offenders, including youth with psychopathic features. It adapts CFT to this specific population and it was designed to attend young offenders’ mental health intervention needs, including relational problems and emotion regulation impairment. It can be delivered within forensic settings when delivering individual psychotherapeutic treatments to these youth.

Contact

Daniel Rijo

drijo@fpce.uc.pt

CMT

Compassion Mind Training – Brief Intervention

The Brief Compassion Mind Training intervention is a low intensity (2-week) program, supported by digital online resources, that comprises a psychoeducational component and a set of core CMT practices: soothing rhythm breathing; friendly facial expressions and voice tones; mindfulness; compassionate imagery and focusing.

Contact

Marcela Matos

marcela.s.matos@gmail.com

COMP.ACT

COMP.ACT: ACT and Compassion Program for Chronic Pain

One of the main objectives is the development, application and evaluation of the effectiveness of COMP.ACT, a group manualized intervention program based on acceptance, mindfulness and self-compassion for Chronic Pain.

Contact

Sérgio Carvalho

sergio.and.carvalho@gmail.com

COMPASS

Compassionate Approach to Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorder

COMPASS is a compassion-based group intervention for early psychosis (diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective or schizophreniform disorders in the critical period without moderate-severe cognitive impairment or severe psychotic symptomatology). Its development was based on the theoretical model of Compassion-focused Therapy, research on self-compassion, adaptations of mindfulness for psychosis and studies on loving-kindness meditation. COMPASS comprises 12 two-hour group sessions and the groups evolve through three phases: Group as a safe place, Activating the soothing system and developing compassionate relationships and Recovery.

Contact

Maria João Martins

martins.mjrv@gmail.com

Compassionate Schools

Compassionate Schools Programme: A compassion-based intervention to promote teachers and children wellbeing

Compassionate Schools is a 6-week compassion-based group intervention, designed to improve hear-rate variability, to promote compassion, empathy, mindfulness, engagement, wellbeing and mental health indicators, and to reduce fears of compassion, self and other criticism, negative affect, demotivation and burnout in teachers.

Contact

Marcela Matos

marcela.s.matos@gmail.com

CT-SAD-A

Cognitive therapy for social anxiety disorder in adolescence

Intervention program based in the principles of the cognitive therapy applied to social anxiety disorder in adolescence and designed to be applied in school context with students attending the 7ththrough the 12thgrade. It includes six one hour weekly sessions in which cognitive restructuring is applied to the before, during and after moments of confronting with a fear social event.

Contact

Paula Vagos

paulavagos@fpce.uc.pt

GPS

Growing Pro-Social – A group based prevention and rehabilitation program for individuals with anti-social behavior

GPS’s theoretical framework is based on a cognitive–interpersonal perspective which conceptualizes aggressive behavioral patterns as a result of a distorted view of the self and the others. It aims to achieve behavioral change through the promotion of change in cognitive correlates of antisocial behavior (core schemas, cognitive distortions and cognitive products). The ultimate goal is to reach change in particular dysfunctional core beliefs underlying the social information processing of antisocial individuals. This is accomplished through a gradual strategy of change, requiring GPS to be delivered in a predefined sequence of five modules: Human Communication, Interpersonal Relationships, Cognitive Distortions, Function and Meaning of Emotions, and Dysfunctional Core Beliefs. It was designed to be applied with young and adult offenders.

Contact

Daniel Rijo

drijo@fpce.uc.ptVisit site

Hands

Prevention of Elder Abuse

The project “Hands" aims to contribute to the awareness and information of the community on the issue of abuse and abuse against the elderly use as a resource for dramatizing scenes of elder abuse followed by discussion/ information to dramatized scenes. It is important not only to clarify and sensitize potential "victims" but also current or future caregivers, family members and all professionals who interact and support the elderly. Thus, this intervention program intends to cover a large number of people, taking advantage from the time that people spend in the waiting rooms of the Healthcare Centers. Its main objectives are: formal and informal care, adaptation to different challenges and living conditions, promotion of the meaning of life and hope and facilitating personal development.

Contact

Margarida P. de Lima

mplima@fpce.uc.pt

HIT

Home Intervention Therapy

The program HIT-Home Counseling Intervention Therapy consists of an individual approach to provide psychological support, aimed at elderly people, to their personal development. The program’s main objective is the reduction of ill-feeling and its prevention, intervening in the following areas: relationship with formal and informal caregivers, adaptation to the different challenges and living conditions, promotion of the sense of life and of hope and facilitating personal development.

Contact

Margarida P. de Lima

mplima@fpce.uc.pt

Incredible Years – P

Incredible Years Basic for Parents (Webster-Stratton, 2008)

This program mainly aims to promote mental health in preschoolers (between 3-6 years-old) by training parents to use positive parenting strategies, including playing with children, praising and rewarding, setting limits effectively, handling misbehavior in respectful ways, and strengthening parent-child relationships. The program is implemented in group weekly sessions involving up to 12 parents and led by two facilitators with certified training. A strong emphasis is put on a collaborative approach, including active learning methods, such as role-play, video modeling, homework assignments and group discussion directed to the identification of social learning principles.

Contact

Maria João Rama Seabra Santos, Maria Filomena Gaspar

seabramj@fpce.uc.ptVisit site

Incredible Years – TCM

Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management (Webster-Stratton, 2003)

This program is a classroom-based intervention designed to promote 3-8-year-old children’s socio-emotional skills and self-regulation and to reduce conduct problems by strengthening teacher strategies of classroom management and home-school communication. The program is implemented in monthly workshops and focuses on contents such as: a) promoting positive relationships with children and family and the pro-active teacher; b) the importance of positive attention, encouragement and praise; c) using incentives to motivate children; d) reduction of inappropriate behaviors; e) negative consequences; f) promoting social skills and problem-solving. The workshops are led by facilitators with a certified training, using a collaborative approach as well as active and experiential methods, like role-play and group discussion triggered by vignettes of teacher-children interactions.

Contact

Maria Filomena Gaspar, Maria João Rama Seabra Santos

seabramj@fpce.uc.ptVisit site

Kg-Free

Kg-Free: an acceptance, mindfulness & compassion-based group intervention for women struggling with their weight

Kg-Free is a manualized acceptance, mindfulness & compassionate-based group intervention for women struggling with their weight. Kg-free aims to reduce weight self-stigma and unhealthy eating behaviors and promote quality-of-life by targeting weight-related experiential avoidance and self-criticism patterns.

Contact

Lara Palmeira

larapalmeira@gmail.com

#KindGirlsInACTion

#KindGirlsOnACTion: A program for the promotion of mental health in adolescent girls

The #KindGirlsInACTion is an 8-week structured group program designed to empower female adolescents (aged between 13 to 18 years old) to embrace a more positive attitude towards oneself, others and one’s body image. The program focuses on the development of psychological flexibility and compassion-related emotion regulation processes, and it is expected to have impact on the development of a compassionate (care-giving) mentality (versus competitive/social ranking mentality) and, particularly, in the adoption of more appreciative, compassionate and accepting attitudes towards one’s body image. Overall, the #KindGirlsInACTion Program is expected to positively influence the quality of adolescents’ peer relationships, body image and eating-related behaviours, and global levels of wellbeing.

Contact

Cláudia Ferreira

claudiaferreira@fpce.uc.pt

MBPI

Mindfulness Based Program for Infertility

The MBPI is based on the Mindfulness-Based Program for Stress Reduction, the Mind/Body Program for Infertility, and basic principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). It is a structured group intervention targeting infertile women that aims to cultivate mindfulness and acceptance, helping them to move in a chosen and valued life direction.

Contact

Ana Galhardo

anagalhardo@ismt.pt

+Memória

Mais Memória

+Memória” is an intervention program focused on the combination of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) with cognitive training to investigate neuroplasticity in older adults and further explore the involvement of the cerebellar cortex in memory processes. TDCS is a neuromodulation technique that allows the stimulation of superficial brain regions in a non-invasive way. On the other hand, cognitive training is based on exercises focused on memory training, specifically verbal episodic memory. The intervention comprises 12 individual sessions (consecutive days with the exception of weekends) of 1h30 each.

Contact

Mário R. Simões

simoesmr@fpce.uc.pt

MEMO+

Memory training program for mild Alzheimer Disease

MEMO+ is a tailored memory training program that was build and tested with patients with mild Alzheimer Disease. This program comprises a set of motivation, attention and memory exercises with a particular focus in the practice of internal memory techniques (spaced retrieval, errorless learning, vanishing cues). The development of these exercises was based in the recent research of the most effective techniques to delay the progression of memory deterioration typical in AD.

Contact

Ana R. Silva

ana.rita.ess@gmail.com

MIM

MIM – Mother in Me

This program aims to prevent and early intervene in perinatal depression, by giving strategies to pregnant women to deal better with stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms, throw psychoeducational and cognitive-behavioral exercises, together with mindfulness and self-compassion practice.

Contact

Ana Telma Pereira

apereira@gmail.comVisit site

MIND

MIND programme for cancer patients

The MIND (as in “mentality” and “care”) programme is a manualized psychotherapeutic intervention that aims to improve psychological well-being and overall health in cancer patients. This 8-week group programme integrates mindfulness practice, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and compassion-focused therapy (CFT). The efficacy of the MIND programme has been demonstrated in women with breast cancer.

Contact

Inês Trindade

almeidatrindade@fpce.uc.pt

NoHoW

NoHoW: Evidence-based ICT tools for weight loss maintenance

The NoHoW toolkit (TK) is a mobile-enabled website delivered as a portfolio of embedded tracking technologies, mini-apps, and web resources designed to promote weight loss maintenance in overweight individuals. The active intervention lasts six months and remains available to the user for a further 12 months to re-visit. The TK presents a self-weighing component and evidence and theory-driven thematic modules targeting behaviour regulation, motivation and emotion regulation mechanisms.

Contact

Berit Heitman, Marcela Matos, Cláudia Ferreira, José Pinto-Gouveia, Cristiana Duarte, Lara Palmeira, Sérgio Carvalho

berit.lilienthal.heitmann@regionh.dkVisit site

PABS – A

Prevent Aggressive Behavior in Schools – Adolescent version

Intervention program directed to students attending the 7ththrough 12thgrade, which intends to prevent and/or diminish aggressive behavior as practiced in school contexts. It includes 13 weekly sessions lasting one hour each and applied to one entire class (i.e., universal approach) that had been signaled for the existence of aggressive behavior. It is derived from a social information processing theory, and so includes a psychoeducational component, a cognitive restructuring component, an emotional management component, and a social skills training component.

Contact

Paula Vagos

paulavagos@fpce.uc.pt

PABS-T

Prevent Aggressive Behavior in Schools – Teacher version

Intervention program of a psychoeducational nature built for intervened with teachers of students attending the 7ththrough the 12thgrade. It intends to promote an adequate management of social behaviors as they occur in the classroom, particularly aggressive ones. It includes 7 monthly sessions of 4 to 5 hours each, in which the following contents are addressed: 1) understand the forms, functions and actors of aggressive behavior, 2) understand the cognitive and emotional vulnerability underlying aggressive behavior, and 3) training in behavioral and relational strategies to manage social behavior within the classroom.

Contact

Paula Vagos

paulavagos@fpce.uc.pt

PAVD

Intervention Program for Domestic Violence Offenders

PAVD is the official response of the Portuguese Ministry of Justice to treat intimate partnership abusers receiving treatment in community settings. It is made of an individual intervention (based in motivational strategies to decrease resistance to change) and a 20-session cognitive-behavioral group intervention program designed to promote change at a cognitive, an emotional and a behavioral level in this population. Is has been disseminated across the Portuguese territory and outcome research concerning recidivism reduction are being carried out.

Contact

Daniel Rijo

drijo@fpce.uc.pt

PPDA

Program for the Prevention of Depression in Adolescents

The Program for the Prevention of Depression in Adolescents (PPDA) was adapted for the Portuguese population from the preventive program for adolescents “Mind and Health” developed by Arnarson and Craighead (2009, 2011). It’s a selective prevention program, composed by 14 sessions in a group format. The program is based on the cognitive behavioral model of depression and is a structured intervention designed to increase the resilience of adolescents, reducing the major cognitive-behavioural risk factors: disturbing thoughts, emotional dysregulation and behavioural problems. The PPDA includes a manual/homework book for the adolescent participants, a manual for group leaders, comprising various materials that are presented in an attractive way.

Contact

Ana Paula Soares de Matos

apmatos@fpce.uc.pt

3PDA

Parental Program for the Prevention of Depression in Adolescents

The Parental Program for the Prevention of Depression in Adolescents (3PDA) was developed to improve the efficacy of the Program for the Prevention of Depression in Adolescents (PPDA). The 3PDA is an innovative intervention, includes contents such as emotional validation and compassion towards their children and increases the parents’ comprehensibility about risk and protective factors for adolescent’s depression and the quality of the relationship between parents and adolescents. It is based on the cognitive behavioral model and its 3rdWave Generation developments and includes psychoeducation and parental coaching. It is expected that more resilient and skilled parents can help vulnerable children to learn how to cope with everyday life and adversity. The 3PDA consists of 10 group sessions (and an additional session for celebration and program ending) for parents.

Contact

Maria do Rosário Pinheiro

mrpinheiro@fpce.uc.pt

PRNG

Group Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Program

The PRNG includes exercises of cognitive stimulation (linguistic, gnostic, mnesic, praxic, executive, and attentional) organized into 10 sessions (10 sessions x 5 exercises). It includes reminiscent-like warm-up exercises and a reality-oriented memory closing-session exercise. It is targeted to cognitive impairments resulting from various brain diseases, especially in old age.

Contact

Helena Espírito Santo

helenum@gmail.comVisit site

Projet’Ar-te

Projet’Ar-te

Projet’Ar-te is a psychosocial and socio-educational intervention for young people aged between 12 and 18 years old living in Residential Care that aims to promote and monitor the process of youths’ autonomy during and after the residential care.

Contact

Maria do Rosário Pinheiro

mrpinheiro@fpce.uc.pt

Vamos Sentir com o Necas – Programa de Promoção da Inteligência Emocional para o 1.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico

The Program aims to promote emotional intelligence of children in elementary school.

Contact

Célia Barreto Carvalho

celia.mo.carvalho@uac.pt

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