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Depression/distress: how to manage

Pim Cuijpers and Bruce Arroll will present cases of depression/distress that commonly occur in primary care.

Pim will present the evidence on what has been shown to work in primary care from the talk therapy point of view. Evidence on situations where medication may be useful will also be covered.

Bruce will talk about how he uses the FACT (Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) model to get an assessment of his patients’ lives and how their mood is affecting their lives and vice-versa.

As always, we will answer as many questions as we can as time permits.


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Prof. dr. Pim Cuijpers

Professor of Clinical Psychology

Pim is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands and director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Dissemination of Psychological Interventions in Amsterdam. He is specialised in conducting randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses on prevention and psychological treatments of common mental disorders across the life span.

Much of his work is aimed at prevention of mental disorders, psychological treatments of depression and anxiety disorders, and Internet-delivered treatments. He has also published on several other research topics, including global mental health and student mental health. Pim Cuijpers has published more than 1,100 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, reports and professional publications, including more than 900 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is on the Thomson-Reuter Web of Science lists of the ‘highly cited researchers’ since the first edition of this list in 2014 (


Prof. Bruce Arroll

General Practitioner

Bruce spends three half days per week in clinical practice working at Greenstone Family Clinic in Manurewa in South Auckland. The rest of his time is spent at the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. He became the director of the Goodfellow Unit in 2014.