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(p. 69) Core Module 4: Awareness of Physical Sensations 

(p. 69) Core Module 4: Awareness of Physical Sensations
(p. 69) Core Module 4: Awareness of Physical Sensations

Jill Ehrenreich-May

, Sarah M. Kennedy

, Jamie A. Sherman

, Emily L. Bilek

, Brian A. Buzzella

, Shannon M. Bennett

, and David H. Barlow

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date: 27 May 2020

Chapter 4 gives adolescent clients a greater awareness of the body’s reactions during intense and/or distressing emotion states. Principles of interoceptive or “sensational” exposure are introduced and practiced to build the adolescent’s ability to tolerate strong physical sensations. Taking this approach, which involves an acceptance-oriented stance toward uncomfortable physical sensations, is incompatible with taking actions to avoid or suppress these sensations prematurely. The interoceptive exposure techniques in this module were originally developed with panic disorder symptoms in mind. However, the body drawing and body scanning techniques, as well as interoceptive strategies, are presented in a manner broadly applicable to a range of concerns and are especially relevant for adolescents with poor distress tolerance or high reactivity to sensations in their bodies.

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