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CBT for Chronic Pain and Psychological Well-Being: A Skills Training Manual Integrating DBT, ACT, Behavioral Activation and Motivational Interviewing by Mark Carlson

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Chapter 3Clinical Manual for TAG Program

Biological Curriculum

Session focus: Goal setting and motivation

TAG

Teach – Apply – Generalize

  • The goal of this session is to
    • Create one goal on each of the three areas: Biological/Psychological/Social
    • Provide feedback from assessment tools/measures and incorporate into the feedback and treatment planning process
    • Personalize client tracking tool for in-session use
    • Learn coping skills to improve the individual's functioning in the areas of goal setting and motivation to cope in a more effective manner
  • What to discuss:
    • Setting realistic goals
    • Balancing wants with needs
    • Maintaining commitment to change
    • Introduce relevant forms
  • Skills to teach
    • Observe, Describe, Participate
    • Non-judgmental Stance, One-Mindfully, Effectively
    • Radical Acceptance, Practical Acceptance, Practical Change, Radical Change
  • Generalize
    • Create an action plan to complete Goal Setting
    • Problem-solve barriers
    • Commit to their plan
    • Review in next session
  • Review goal sheet

Goal Setting and Motivation

Introduction of the Topic

Many individuals want to make changes in their lives. Change is a natural state which allows individuals to be able to adapt, cope, and find enjoyment in life. Individuals are seldom taught how to be advocates for their own change. They may see something that they want and try to get it. When barriers and difficulties arise, individuals often try to continue on their current path until they get what they want, or quit trying because they lose hope. There ...

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