Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) Program Adaptations and Enhancements

HANDS currently implements Moving Beyond Depression™ (MBD), a model developed by researchers Robert Ammerman and Frank Putnam from Every Child Succeeds at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. MBD uses a 15-session treatment called in-home cognitive-behavioral therapy (IH-CBT), which focuses on alleviating symptoms of depression and increasing coping skills. A licensed and trained therapist travels to the mother’s home to facilitate the IH-CBT sessions. The therapy concludes with a joint session in which the therapist and home visitor verbalize the mother’s accomplishments, use of coping skills, and future recommendations for treatment and success.