Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Group Therapy Activities Quickstart guide with Dawn Elise Snipes provides unique ways to help people learn and practice cbt tools to enhance mental health

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 At its core CBT has the principles of noticing, understanding and addressing thoughts feelings and behaviors
Functional Analysis
 The process of identifying the antecedents (causes/triggers) and consequences (positive/negative) of behaviors
Problem Identification and Solving
Activity
 When you experience a problem…
 How can you remember to practice the pause?
 What techniques can you use to get through the initial adrenaline rush?
 Describe a time you get upset and effectively managed it.
 Give an example of a time you got upset and did not effectively manage it.
 What was the difference?

Activity
 Give an example of when you have used each distortion
 Discuss why each distortion may develop
 Explore the benefits and drawbacks of each distortion
 Identify ways to address each distortion

ABC-DE
 A=Activating Event
 B=Automatic Beliefs
 C=Consequences
 D=Dispute automatic beliefs
 E=Evaluate effectiveness of reactions
Activity
 Identify 3 things that trigger anxiety (Bridges, authority figures, tests, relative coming to visit)
 Identify 3 things that trigger anger (Tailgating, lying, computer problems, laziness)
Cognitive Restructuring
 Literally changing your thoughts
 Find meaning in the current event
 Challenge the interpretation
 Develop a both/and perspective
Activity
 Identify 3 common triggers for anxiety or anger.
 Find meaning in the current event
 Interpret the event as a challenge instead of a threat
 Develop a both/and perspective
Systematic Desensitization
 Learning to effectively use coping skills to reduce distress through gradual exposure
 Level 1: Imagine and describe the distressing event
 Level 2: Expose yourself, at a safe distance, to the distressing event
 Level 3: Experience the distressing event
 Process
 For each level, rate distress on a scale from 1-5.
 Use skills of choice to reduce your distress until you are at a 1.
 Practice until you can think about the event without getting distressed.
Cognitive Processing Therapy
 What is the evidence for and against?
 Is this based on facts or feelings?
 Are all aspects of the situation being considered?
 Are you using all or nothing terms?
 Are you confusing high and low probability events?
 What is the most logical course of action?
 Example: Anxiety about heart attack/dying
Activity
 Identify 3 things you are worried about right now. (Not being good enough, failure, being alone forever)
Acceptance and Commitment
 Accepting reality as it is and committing to choosing thoughts and behaviors which will help you move toward a rich and meaningful life
 Commitment
 Determination to improve the next moment
 Realization that there are multiple aspects to commit to in your rich and meaningful life
Summary
 There are a variety of ways to help people explore and address the thoughts which may be keeping them stuck.
 Some techniques will work better in certain situations
 Since cognition is based on prior experiences, teaching CBT in group can help clients explore alternate interpretations and information in similar situations
 By developing a broader understanding of situations people can explore the effectiveness of their thinking in terms of how it impacts their ability to live a rich and meaningful life.

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