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Anxiety: Behavioral and Cognitive Strategies for Treating Anxiety - 10 CEUs

Section 28
Appendix: Reproducible Client Worksheets

CEU Answer Booklet | Table of Contents | Anxiety
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Discussing the Costs of Anxiety
Review CD track 1 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to discover how anxiety is affecting your life.
1.  Do you suffer physical problems?
2.  Is anxiety causing damage to your children ?
3.  Are you experiencing weight gain or loss?
4.  Is anxiety causing relationship problems?

Tracking Anxiety Levels
Review CD track 2 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to gain information regarding increases in anxiety levels.
1.  On a scale of one to ten, rate your levels of anxiety he felt in the morning, the afternoon, and later in the evening. 
2.  Continue for one to two weeks.
3.  Combine daily averages to see if any decreases in anxiety levels have occurred.

Counting Automatic Thoughts
Review CD track 2 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to gain distance from thoughts, a sense of mastery over them, and to recognize the automatic quality of anxious thought, rather than accepting them as an accu­rate reflection of external reality.
1.  Use a 3x5 card or counting device to count thoughts as they come.
2.  As you do this, think, ‘well, there’s another fearful thought.  I’ll just count it and let it go.’
3.  Report the total number of thoughts at the each subsequent session.

The Four Step Analysis
Review CD track 3 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to foster objective evaluations.
1.  Realistically determine the probability of the feared event actu­ally occurring.  State the odds of the event occurring as a percent­age. 
2.  Realistically assess the consequences if your worst fears did occur.
3. Develop a detailed plan for reducing the likelihood of an anxiety causing situation.
4.  Decide how you could best cope with the anxiety over failure if it were to occur.

Gaining Distance
Review CD track 4 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to differentiate anxious thoughts from reality. 
1.  After identifying anxiety triggers, take a stack of index cards.
2.  On the back of each card write a situation that concerns you.
3.  When you feel that you have all of your concerns written down, shuffle the deck with the worries facing away from you.
4.  Then pick up the cards one at a time, look at each one, and then toss them into a wastepaper basket.

Describe What Is in Front of You.
Review CD track 4 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to accept reality and commit to change.
1.  First, describe of what your current priority consists.
2.  Describe what has happened thus far.
3.  Describe what you have already done.

Disappear to See Reality
Review CD track 4 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to foster an acceptance of reality.
1.  Imagine disappearing completely.
2.  Think about what you are worried about right now. 
3.  Now Imagine that you don’t exist.
4.  Imagine a vast beach that stretches for a thousand miles and is fifty miles wide.  The wind blows, and a single grain of sand falls two feet from where it used to be.  That is you.  You are a grain of sand.  You struggle against the landscape, pushing and complaining about how all the other grains of sand get in your way. 

Uncertainty Training
Review CD track 5 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to foster a tolerance for uncertainty.
1.  Examine the costs and benefits of uncertainty.
2.  Flood yourself with uncertainty.
3.  Avoid thought stopping.

Healing Hurts
Review CD track 7 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to foster forgiveness.
1.  First, begin by reviewing your personal history and make note of any memories you have of feeling abandoned or neg­lected. 
2.  Consider ways that these painful memories may still be impacting your present.
3.  Ask yourself what is keeping you from forgiving whoever is involved in your painful memories.
Overcoming Regret
Review CD track 9 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to overcome regret.
1.  Identify the source of your regrets.
2.  Find the lesson to be learned by identifying the root regret.  For example, what have you learned from this experience?
3.  Make amends and move on.  

Assertiveness Training
Review CD track 10 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to become more assertive.
1.  Select an incident or situation.
2.  Role play the situation.
3.  Visualize the situation.
4.  Role play the situation a second time.
5.  Get feedback on each role play.

The Self Care Approach to Phobic Conditions
Review CD track 11 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to cope with phobic conditions on a daily basis.
1.  Face.  Do not run away.
2.  Accept.  Do not fight.
3.  Float.  Do not tense.
4.  Let time pass.  Do not be impatient with time.

Successive Approximation
Review CD track 12 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to foster systematic desensitization.
1.  Find a starting place where your feelings of anxiety begin.
2.  Select a time to move forward from this point.
3.  Withdraw immediately from a situation when you experience mild anxiety.
4.  Take a few deep breaths, some muscular tensing and relaxing, and a few moments observing the scene.
5.  Move forward once more.
6.  Successively repeat these steps.

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Review CD track 13 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to increase the capacity for humor.
1.  Use puns.
2.  Practice looking for extra meanings in words. 
3.  Look for alternate meanings in newspaper headlines, church bul­letins, signs, and anywhere else you see printed language.

 
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