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Termination and Relapse Prevention (Session 16) 

Termination and Relapse Prevention (Session 16)
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Termination and Relapse Prevention (Session 16)
Author(s):

Kari M. Eddington

, Timothy J. Strauman

, Angela Z. Vieth

, and Gregory G. Kolden

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190602512.003.0008
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date: 22 September 2019

Chapter 8 addresses common issues associated with treatment termination and recommends strategies and tactics for addressing end-of-treatment issues, including relapse prevention and maintenance of longer-term change processes that were started during therapy. Short-term, structured therapies such as self-system therapy (SST) help clients develop the necessary skills to continue the work of therapy after termination. SST aims to reduce the symptoms of depression and comorbid anxiety through improved self-regulation. Because depressed clients often fail to recognize their progress or may attribute gains to external causes, the therapist should underscore clients’ central role in the progress that has been made and encourage them to acknowledge their efforts. Continued use of the described strategies and tactics can equip clients to pursue their goals, evaluate themselves in a realistic way, and get closer to being who they want to be.

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