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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Coping Cards

Easily accessible and tangible ways of accessing CBT techniques

Heather Kitterman

on 13 October 2012

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Transcript of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Coping Cards

What are coping cards? Coping cards are a great way to help patients practice CBT techniques learned during the appointment. The goal is that these cards would be kept somewhere easily accessible, so that it can be used before a stressful event. Tips to develop coping cards Have the patient choose a situation that is important to them
Start with manageable concerns or issues that the patient has, and assess the patients readiness to engage in the coping card strategy Now time to make your own Pick a situation in your life where having advanced rehearsal might help.
Go through the situation in your mind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Coping Cards Any small piece of paper can be used, and patients can write instructions that they would want to give themselves to help them cope with distressing issues.
Coping cards work best by identifying a specific problem or issue, and then having a specific strategy briefly written that captures the main points of the management plan. Make sure the situation and methods of managing the situation are very specific.

Try to make the method of managing the situation memorable. Suggest strategies that will likely
succeed. Encourage frequent use
of the cards in real life
situations Identify automatic thoughts, emotions,
rational thoughts, and adaptive behaviors.

Practice thinking and acting in the most adaptive way you can
Write your own coping card

Create specific bullet points that
will coach you on the best way to
handle the situation. The End Write, J. H., Ramirez Basco, M., & Thase, M. E. (2005). Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. References
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