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Schizophrenia: Practical Strategies for Relapses & Reducing Symptoms
10 CEUs Schizophrenia: Practical Strategies for Relapses & Reducing Symptoms

Section 28
Appendix: Client Reproducible Worksheets

Answer Booklet | Table of Contents
| Schizophrenia CEU Courses
Social Worker CEU, Psychologist CE, Counselor CEU, & MFT CEU

The “Energizer” Technique
Review CD track 2 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to minimize apathy.
1.  Identify whether your apathy is caused by negative symptoms or by medication.
2.  Force yourself out of bed in the mornings at the same time everyday.
3.  Stay out of bed.
4.  Exercise regularly.

The Communication Skills BuildingTechnique
Review CD track 2 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to reduce the negative symptom of reductions in speech.
1.  Practice listening when people speak.
2.  Repeat what people say back to them.
3.  Engage in follow-up questioning.
4.  Focus on asking who, what, when, where, how, and why.

The “Look At Me When You Talk” Technique
Review CD track 3 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to avoid social withdrawal and foster an acceptance of eye contact.
1.  Understand that eye contact is part of how you communicate.  It is almost as important as your words.  It lets people know you are interested in what they are saying.  Eye contact helps build trust.
2.  Identify what bothers you about looking at someone.
3.  Practice making eye contact.
4.  Have someone point out when you don’t make eye contact.

Coping Strategies for Dealing with Prejudice and Stereotypes
Review CD track 4 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to learn to deal with prejudice and stereotypes.
1.  Obtain a knowledge base from which you can dispute stereotypes.
2.  Locate information regarding successful treatment options.
3.  Put feelings of shame behind you.
4.  Surround yourself with supportive friends and family.
5.  Decide who to tell and who not to tell.

Healthy Habits That Can Help Prevent Relapse
Review CD track 5 for more information regarding these habits.
1.   Take medication as prescribed.
2.   Got to your therapy sessions.
3.   Keep your doctor appointments.
4.   Reduce stress.
5.   Take one step at a time.  The road to recovery is long.
6.   Do enjoyable activities.
7.   Do not use drugs or alcohol.
8.   Get plenty of sleep with a regular sleep schedule.
9.   Eat foods that are healthy.
10. Exercise ten to twenty minutes a day.
11. Talk with your family and friends.
12. Know your own signs of relapse.
13. Build a routine into your days.

Relapse Prevention Plans
Review CD track 6 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to prevent relapse.
1.  Deciding how to conduct a family meeting for preventing relapses.
2.  Discuss past relapses.
3.  Discuss past stressful experiences.
4.  Put together a relapse prevention plan:
- Meet to discuss concern about early warning signs.
- Evaluate whether medication is taken regularly and, if necessary, plan how to deal with any non-adherence.
- Evaluate for alcohol or drug use and, if necessary, plan how to deal with it.
- Evaluate stress and, if necessary, plan how to alleviate it in some way.
- If the early warning signs are still a concern, contact your treatment providers.
- Monitor the early warning signs until the problem is resolved

Coping Strategies for Positive Symptoms
Review CD track 8 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to cope with positive symptoms of schizophrenia.
1.  Use positive self talk.
2.  Remember that you are in control.
3.  Change your behavior by doing something else.
4.  Implement positive thinking.
5.  Find help.  If you need to, call 9-1-1.

Techniques for Effective Communication
Review CD track 9 for more information regarding this technique.
Family member reviews and implements the following procedure to communicate effectively.
1.  Get to the point.
2.  Directly express your feelings.
3.  Give positive feedback.
4.  Make positive requests.
5.  Check out feelings.
6.  Take breaks.

Techniques for Managing Conflict
Review CD track 10 for more information regarding this technique.
Family member reviews and implements the following procedure to productively manage conflict.
1.  Avoid blame.
2.  Speak calmly.
3.  Be concise.
4.  Discover points of view.
5.  Focus on the present.

A Problem Solving Formula
Review CD track 11 for more information regarding this technique.
Family member reviews and implements the following procedure to cope with anger.
1.  Identify the problem.
2.  Brainstorm solutions.
3.  Discuss each solution.
4.  Choosing the best solution.
5.  Plan how to implement the solution,
6.  Set a solution review date.

The Attention Span Shape-Up
Review CD track 12 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to increase the duration of focused attention.
1.  Eliminate distractions.
2.  Determine how long you can focus on a specific task.
3.  Develop a schedule of breaks with respect to your attention span.
4.  Gradually increase the time focusing between breaks.

The “Developing Social Awareness” Technique
Review CD track 12 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to develop social awareness.
1.  Use explicit feeling statements.
2.  Discuss social norms.

“Name That Emotion”
Review CD track 12 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to practice recognizing facial expressions.
1.  Write the names of different emotions on scraps of paper.
2.  Place them in a hat.
3.  Take turns choosing emotions from the hat and expressing them while another person guesses which emotion you are displaying.

Six Steps for Improving Leisure and Recreation
Review CD track 13 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and implements the following procedure to identify and follow through on developing new leisure and recreational activities.
1.  Identify the benefits of leisure and recreation.
2.  Explore possible activities that you may enjoy.
3.  Select an activity and develop a plan to try it.
4.  Focus on how you enjoyed the activity.
5.  Make another plan to try the activity or choose a new activity.
6.  When an enjoyable activity has been found, develop a regular routine involving the activity.

 
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