Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Series Introduction (02:07)
This training series on CBT techniques includes demonstrations, discussions, and reflections. Dr. Robin Hart will demonstrate techniques in unrehearsed interview formats based on real cases. Dr. Tom Werner will comment on the interviews.
Behavioral Experiment Case Study: Emma (07:58)
Film student Emma, 18, has social anxiety, body image problems, and low mood. Hart helps her design an experiment testing her hypothesis that she is boring in social settings. They generate objective indicators; she provides probabilities for each.
Behavioral Experiment Agreement (02:33)
Emma agrees to follow through on going out with friends to test her hypothesis that she is boring in social settings, including involving a friend for motivation. Hart asks her to provide rationale for the experiment.
Behavioral Experiment Rationale (03:52)
Behavioral experiments test occurrences and beliefs clients hold about themselves. Werner explains thought suppression and survey techniques.
Planning a Behavioral Experiment (03:45)
Werner discusses setting up an experiment in terms of Emma's case study and references the learning cycle of experience, observation and analysis. Hear why to develop specific, measurable, and objective indicators to prove or disprove the client's belief.
Introducing a Behavioral Experiment (03:40)
Werner explains why he would not assign a behavioral experiment in the first session. Clearly defined parameters and probability ratings provide reference points for clients. Hear why probability ratings are used to help disprove negative client beliefs.
Behavioral Experiment Challenges (03:40)
Identifying potential barriers and involving others can help motivate clients to try different behavior. Therapists should gather information and set up experiments that clients are more likely to follow through on. Those that "fail" yield further information about the client.
Overcoming Client Concerns (03:17)
Werner recommends beginning with more accessible activities until the client feels confident about trying bigger experiments. Therapists can also model behavior for clients. Flashcards can be used to motivate clients or as reminders during the experiment.
Behavioral Experiment Case Study: Angela (08:02)
Angela, 42, has anger issues and marital stress. Hart designs an experiment testing her hypothesis that her untidy house is a sign of failure. She agrees not to do three chores for two days, rates probabilities about how she will feel, and generates positive alternatives.
Providing Behavioral Experiment Motivation (03:19)
Werner discusses Hart's process of developing alternative beliefs to motivate the client and introduce a new perspective. Angela shifted from seeing the dirty floor as her failure to asking others to help her mop.
Behavioral Experiment Case Study: Emma (2) (10:17)
Hart helps Emma design an experiment testing her hypothesis that she is boring in social settings. They generate objective indicators; she provides probabilities for each. She agrees to follow through on going out, including involving a friend for motivation.
Behavioral Experiment Case Study: Angela (2) (07:44)
Hart designs an experiment testing Angela's hypothesis that her untidy house is a sign of failure. She agrees not to do three chores for two days, rates probabilities about how she will feel, and generates positive alternatives.
Credits: CBT: Behavioral Experiments (01:12)
Credits: CBT: Behavioral Experiments
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