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On the last track we discussed managing anxiety with humor. We examined how humor helps, using humor to cope with anxiety, the ‘Playing with Language’ Technique, and increasing a client’s capacity for humor.
On this track we will discuss treatment goals for recovery. Two categories of treatment goals for recovery are behavioral treatment goals and cognitive treatment goals. As you listen to this track, you might consider using parts of it as a checklist for your client’s progression through therapy.
As you know, recovery from anxiety conditions is not a one-dimensional event. I find it is a complex experience of a whole, multidimensional human being. It begins with basic self-care and has physical, behavioral, cognitive, and philosophical dimensions. This track is a review of treatment goals. Clearly, treatment goals for your client will vary. Theses goals have various interrelationships. In general, the treatment goals on this track are ranked within each category in order of how soon clients can expect to reach them. A few of these goals that apply only if you suffer from anxiety attacks or agoraphobia.
5 Behavioral Cognitive Behavior Therapy Goals
a. A preliminary cognitive treatment goal is for the client to be able to relax and recognize the external stimuli that trigger fight-or-flight reactions. Clearly, this first treatment goal can be easily implemented along with the first behavioral treatment goal.
d. A final cognitive treatment goal is for the client to be able to accept themselves and to care for themselves as they would for a child or friend. Think of your client. How does anxiety prevent him or her from achieving self-acceptance?
Could these treatment goals apply to your practice?
On this track we have discussed treatment goals for recovery. Two categories of treatment goals for recovery are behavioral treatment goals and cognitive treatment goals.
- Ramnerö, J. & Jansson, B. (2016). Treatment goals and their attainment: a structured approach to assessment and evaluation. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 9, 1-11.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: An Update on The Empirical Evidence
- Kaczkirkin, A. N., & Foa, E. B. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders: An update on the empirical evidence. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 17(3), 337-346. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4610618/pdf/DialoguesClinNeurosci-17-337.pdf.
Online Continuing Education QUESTION 14
This CD set has covered such topics as: watching worries come and go, mirror anxiety, accepting reality, uncertainty training, overriding obsessive anxiety, past redemption, if only’s, assertiveness training, treating phobic conditions, successive approximations, managing anxiety with humor, and treatment goals for recovery.
I hope you have found the information to be both practical and beneficial. We appreciate that you've chosen the Healthcare Training Institute as a means for receiving your continuing education credit.
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