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Self Practice Record

Out-of-session work (collaboratively generated and negotiated) is an essential component of effective CBT. This Self Practice Record helps clients to plan and monitor extra-therapy tasks.

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Introduction & Theoretical Background

The Self Practice Record is a worksheet for recording out-of-session or between-session tasks in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It deliberately avoids the use of the word 'homework' which some clients find off-putting. Out-of-session work (collaboratively generated and negotiated) is an essential component of effective CBT. For example, research has indicated that: "There is relatively consistent evidence from correlational studies to conclude that homework adherence is associated with significantly better outcomes" (Thase & Callan, 2006).

References And Further Reading

  • Addis, M. E., Jacobson, N. S. (2000). A closer look at the treatment rationale and homework compliance in cognitive behavioural therapy for depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 24(3), 313-326.
  • Kazantzis, N., Deane, F. P., & Ronan, K. R. (2000). Homework assignments in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy: A meta‐analysis. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 7(2), 189-202.
  • Thase, M. E., Callan, J. A. (2006). The role of homework in cognitive behavioural therapy of depression. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 16(2), 162-177.