Currently 13 handouts, all in PDF format.)

Summarizing skills and techniques for applying CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy),
one of the top methods for overcoming depression, anxiety, anger, relationship problem, and other issues.


1 - Handouts on:  Overview of CBT Skills and Principles
2 - Handouts on:  Replacing Negative Thoughts
3 - Handouts on:  CBT Logs and Worksheets


icon-pdf-1 - Handouts on:   Overview of CBT Skills and Principles

1-1)  10 Forms of Twisted Thinking - And How to Replace Them (1 p. ) An overview of 10 thought patterns that create and maintain emotional distress; their negative impact; and substitutions for each negative thought pattern. (Identifying and replacing these is the basis of CBT.)

1-2)  ABC's of RET (1 p.) Outlines how a cognitive model (replacing negative thoughts) compares with a stimulus-response model. (Note - RET was a predecessor of CBT, laying the foundation of understanding how thoughts affect feelings, and how thought replacement can improve mood.)

1-3)  Cognitive Triad (1 p.) A chart summarizing 3 major areas of thinking affected negatively by depression and other emotional problems. (Replacing these 3 areas with more positive attitudes is a core task in CBT.)


icon-pdf-2 - Handouts on:  Replacing Negative Thoughts

2-1)  Replacing "All or Nothing Thinking" and "Mental Filter" (1 p.) Summarizes replacement strategies for Thought Distortions #1 (All or Nothing Thinking" and #3 (Negative Mental Filter).

2-2)  Gratitude Journal - Cultivating Positive Awareness (1 p.) A simple but effective strategy for replacing Thought Distortion #3, Negative Mental Filter. Helpful for adults, youth, and children.

2-3)  Decatastrophizing - Stopping the Anxiety Cycle (2 p.) A replacement strategy for Thought Distortion #5, Jumping to Conclusions. Page one outlines the 4-stage process of how anxiety develops, and how to replace it; Page 2 provides a worksheet to guide the change process.

2-4)  Replacing the "Should's" (1 p.) Identifies a protocol for replacing Thought Distortion #8, Should Statements.

2-5)  "Blame Pie" - Replacing Blame or Self-Blame (1 p.) An effective replacement for Thought Distortion #10, Blame or Self-Blame. This thought pattern is a significant contributor to depression, anger, and other problems. Replacing it can give significant emotional relief.

2-6) Learned Optimism - Replacing the 3 P's of Pessimism (1 p.) A pessimistic attitude both precedes and follows depression. Learn to identify and replace the "interpretive style" or mindset of pessimism that can make you vulnerable to deeper emotional challenges.


icon-pdf-3 - Handouts on:  CBT Logs and Worksheets

3-1)  Mood Log 1: Identifying (1 p. ) A form to help you log negative triggers, thoughts, and feelings. First step in CBT-based recovery.

3-2)  Mood Log 2: Replacing (1 p.) A continuation of Mood Log 1, when you are ready to replaced identified negative thoughts.

3-3)  Vertical Columned Timeline - The Mosaic (1 p.) A form for creating a vertical timeline or life overview, looking at major events, both positive and negative, to see life in perspective.

3-4)  Weighing the Pro's and Con's (1 p.) A form to help you evaluate the costs and benefits of maintaining or changing a given thought, behavior, or habit.


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