Beck's cognitive model proposes that cognition and perception in the here-and-now is influenced by our 'schemas' which shape our perception and information processing. This CBT worksheet explains the formation and role of schemas, and how they affect here-and-now perception. It is a case conceptualization (formulation) diagram which can help clients and therapists come to a shared understanding of a problem.
DescriptionCognitive therapy addresses three levels of cognition: automatic thoughts, conditional assumptions, and core beliefs (schemas). Our schemas develop as a result of early or critical experiences, and they act to shape the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us. The Schema Formulation worksheet is a cross-sectional case-conceptualization diagram with acknowledgement of schemas which are influencing thoughts & feelings in the present moment. The worksheet is accompanied by a one-page explanation of schemas.
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