Moving Beyond Depression: A Collaborative Approach to Treating Depressed Mothers in Home Visiting Programs




Robert T. Ammerman, Frank W. Putnam, Anqelique R. Teeters, and Judith B. Van Ginkel

Brief Type

Journal Publication


  • Healthy Families America (HFA)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
  • Other Models


Research indicates that up to half of mothers in home visiting experience clinically significant levels of depression during their participation in services. Depression alters maternal life course, negatively impacts child development, and contributes to poorer home visiting outcomes. This
article describes the Moving Beyond Depression (MBD) program, an innovative and evidence-based approach to treating depressed mothers in home visiting. MBD uses In-Home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an empirically validated and collaborative intervention that overcomes barriers to treatment and contributes to recovery from depression and prevention of relapse.
MBD has been successfully disseminated to other home visiting programs nationally. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Standardized assessment tools



For More Information

Ammerman, R. T., Putnam, F. W., Teeters, A. R., & Van Ginkel, J. B. (2014). Moving beyond depression: A collaborative approach to treating depressed mothers in home visiting programs. Zero to Three, 34(5), 20-27.
Author Contact Information:
Robert T. Ammerman


  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes
  • Program Enhancements, Innovations, and Promising Approaches