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(p. 217) Accomplishments, Maintenance, and Relapse Prevention 

(p. 217) Accomplishments, Maintenance, and Relapse Prevention
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(p. 217) Accomplishments, Maintenance, and Relapse Prevention
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Michelle G. Craske

, and David H. Barlow

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780197584057.003.0015
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date: 20 May 2022

This chapter evaluates the importance of reviewing the client’s progress, encouraging the client to continue to face fear and anxiety, and discussing ways of maintaining progress and relapse prevention. Instead of focusing on feelings in general, an assessment that is likely to be biased, progress is best evaluated by examining objective data. Progress is indexed by improvement—not by reaching an absolute end goal of no panic, anxiety, or agoraphobia—and by skill development. The temporary resurgence of old habits is not a sign that treatment did not work. If necessary, the therapist may work with the client to identify areas for further practice. Clients frequently express concerns about ending the program. It is therefore important to emphasize again that the treatment was designed to provide clients with the necessary skills for managing anxiety and that they now can use these skills to continue their progress.

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