Active Practicing Of Skills

A major goal of CBT is to produce behavior change to enhance patients' behavioral repertoire and coping strategies. Behavior change requires practice: even work on very minor or small-scale goals under the supervision of staff will establish the methods of behavior change and ensure that the patient is trying what they have been taught. Attempts to cover all information of possible use to all members of the group tend to result in a didactic style and little opportunity for behavioral experiment. It is better to back up teaching with written information and to provide time and support for patients to attempt and practice desired changes. We make a distinction between active practicing of skills and behavioral experiments in that behavioral experiments are specific technical strategies employed in CBT to test patients' hypotheses and predictions about their behavior.27[V]

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