A therapy blueprint is CBT tool which summarizes the work a therapist and patient have completed together. It represents the past (the problems, what maintained them), the present (the therapy itself, new knowledge learned and skills developed) and the future (goals, plans, and strategies to manage setbacks). Therapy blueprints also act as a form of relapse prevention – by making new knowledge more accessible, clients are more able to cope effectively with future setbacks. This simple blueprint worksheet helps clients to reflect on their problem and what kept it going, knowledge and strategies that they learned in therapy, and their goals for the future.
Since the publication of this version of the therapy blueprint we have also developed a more sophisticated version: Therapy Blueprint (Universal)
“A therapy blueprint is a helpful way to look back over therapy, reflect on what you have learned, and think about what has been important to you. We want to catch it now while it’s fresh in your mind. People often find that a therapy blueprint is a helpful reminder, once therapy is over, of things that they know are helpful for them. It’s also a helpful way for us to reflect on what skills it might be important for you to keep practising, to plan for triggers and things that might be difficult for you, and for us to set some goals for the future.”
- Wells, A. (1997). Cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders: a practice manual and conceptual guide. Wiley.