The objectives of the introductory session are as follows:
- To describe the purpose and structure of this therapeutic program
- To provide an introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- To provide an introduction to the use of CBT for treating anxiety problems
The purpose of this program is to provide a brief self-help therapy program for treating anxiety problems. This program uses principles of cognitive behavioral therapy as the basis for each treatment session. You will be guided through a series of 8 sessions, each focused on a different aspect of treating anxiety problems. This program works best for those who have mild to moderate anxiety problems and is not intended to be used by those with severe anxiety problems or disorders.
The following is the course outline with what you can expect from each session:
Introductory Session: In this session, you are learning about the purpose and structure of the anxiety program, what you can expect from each session, and explore what Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is and how it is used to manage anxiety.
Session 1: During session 1, you will identify your top interfering problems (thoughts, emotions, behaviors) and formulate the goals you would like to achieve by using the program.
Session 2: During session 2, you will identify and explore your current unhealthy/problematic behaviors related to anxiety.
Session 3: During session 3, you will identify and explore your current unhealthy/problematic emotions related to anxiety.
Session 4: During session 4, you will identify and explore your current unhealthy/problematic thoughts related to anxiety.
Session 5: During session 5, you will learn about automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) related to anxiety and how to challenge your own ANTs.
Session 6: During session 6, you will review what you’ve learned so far and use this to complete an activity plan for managing your own anxiety.
Session 7: During session 7, you learn about behavioral reinforcement and how to use is to help manage your anxiety and reinforce healthier attitudes and behaviors going forward.
Session 8: During session 8, the final session, , you will be reviewing what you’ve learned in the program, evaluating your progress against your goals, and completing wrap-up activities for the program.
Next, move onto the topic of the basic principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
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