Creating a MAP - Part 4&5

Sessions 10 and Onward: Behavioural Tools Part 2, Including Exposure

This section guides you in gradually approaching the situations and activities that anxiety has previously had you avoid. You will decide what to do, and using the tools you have learned in prior sections, you will gradually, in a step by step way, move through situations and/or activities you have been avoiding. For example, riding the bus to work, going to a party, or getting some dental work. You will set the pace and remain in charge of what you do, rather than anxiety continuing to be the boss.

Objectives: 

To help you confront your anxiety and no longer let anxiety “be the boss.” You will learn, through a gradual, step-by-step process, how to face your fears one by one, starting with tasks that are not too scary/hard, working your way up to harder and more challenging tasks when you feel ready.         

 

 

Session 10  

Topic: Introduction to exposure therapy

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Session 11-17+     

Topic: Continuing exposure and/or engaging in other helpful behavioural tools

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Session 18-19        

Topic: Exposure: Special topics OR continue exposure work

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 Part 5

Session 20: Wrap Party

This session marks the last session of the MAP program, and gets you ready to finish wrap up your hard work. 

Objectives:  

To design an exposure ladder to keep you engaged in exposures on a routine basis, also called living an exposure lifestyle. This can mean doing an exposure once every few days, or planning for a once-in-a-while exposure to prevent specific fears from creeping back in. In addition, you will create a Relapse Prevention plan that teaches the difference between a lapse and a relapse, and offers guidance on how to prevent anxiety from making a ‘come back.’ As well, this session is an opportunity to celebrate your hard work. Some individuals like to use this final session to have a small celebration to mark the occasion, such as going out to a restaurant, taking a day-trip somewhere meaningful, or doing a special activity together.  

Session 20 

Topic: Creating an exposure lifestyle to maintain progress, and wrapping up

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