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(p. 73) Session 7: Assertiveness and Relationships 

(p. 73) Session 7: Assertiveness and Relationships
(p. 73) Session 7: Assertiveness and Relationships

Bryan D. Carter

, William G. Kronenberger

, and Eric L. Scott

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date: 03 April 2020

In Session 7 you are introduced to the concept of avoidant coping. We all use avoidance at times in dealing with stressful, unpleasant and uncomfortable situations. However, if we use avoidance as the major way to cope with these challenges, it will have a negative impact on our ability to function physically, emotionally, and in school and social situations. In order to make sure we don’t fall into the trap of over-using avoidance in dealing with the challenges of a chronic medical problem, CHIRP uses activities that teach you strategies that can disrupt this cycle by improving your skills and confidence in dealing with stressful situations you may encounter socially and in your daily life. Key skills you will learn include improving interpersonal communication and assertive behaviors. Increasing your skills and comfort in communicating and asserting your wants and needs with others is a primary goal of this session.

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