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(p. 205) Cognitive Coping Skills 

(p. 205) Cognitive Coping Skills
(p. 205) Cognitive Coping Skills

Esther Deblinger

, Anthony P. Mannarino

, Judith A. Cohen

, Melissa K. Runyon

, and Anne H. Heflin

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date: 30 July 2021

This chapter introduces cognitive coping skills, as well as important additional parenting skills. Suggestions for presenting the cognitive triangle or the interrelationships of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in developmentally appropriate ways to youth are outlined. Rationales and methods for encouraging the use of cognitive coping skills to children in relation to nonabuse related thoughts only are described here. Parent sessions, conversely, provide suggestions for encouraging parental cognitive coping with respect to nonabuse and/or abuse-related thoughts. Socratic questioning is introduced as a valuable method for assisting parents in processing their thoughts and feelings related to the CSA. Parenting training continues with suggestions for enhancing effective communication, developing family rules, and the effective use of time out as well as other negative consequences for problem behaviors. Conjoint session activities and end of session positive rituals are suggested. Case examples and therapist client dialogues are provided to illuminate key concepts.

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