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10 CEUs Treating Locking In & Blocking Out: ADD Adults

Section 29
Appendix
Therapy Techniques Described on the CD

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“Asking for Clarification” Technique
Play CD Track 1 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client begins dialogue with friend or spouse. Friend or spouse talks to ADD client.  2. ADD client interrupts speaker when he has stopped paying attention.

“Around the Anger” Technique
Play CD Track 2 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client inhibits himself from lashing out at another person.  2. ADD client removes himself from the situation.  3. ADD client cools down by taking a quick walk.  4. ADD client writes down reasons for anger.  5. ADD client reapproaches the situation with a calm attitude.

“Record to Remember” Technique
Play CD Track 3 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client records important messages either on paper or a cassette recorder.  2. ADD client reads messages or listens to recording daily.

“Laugh it Off” Technique
Play CD Track 4 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client thinks of a time when something minor has gone wrong. ADD client thinks of a time when something minor has gone wrong.  2. ADD client finds humor in the situation.  3. ADD client considers the weight of problem and balances it with the humor of the situation.

“Dissolving Resistance” Technique
Play CD Track 5 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client gives himself permission to let his mind wander.  2. ADD client talks back to any fearful thoughts or feelings that well up in him.  3. ADD client daydreams for a few minutes.

“Adding Up Blessings” Technique
Play CD Track 6 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client makes list of blessings, or good things, in his or her life.  2. ADD client makes list of all the bad things that are not a part of his or her life.  3. ADD client posts lists in a place where he or she will see them regularly.  4. ADD client reads lists regularly or when he or she needs a “pick-me-up.”

“Evaluating Balancing Issues”
Play CD Track 7 for more information regarding this technique.
ADD client answers the following questions: What is your daily/weekly work capacity? How much sleep and rest do you need, including “down time” when there are no demands placed on you? What is your financial bottom line? How much income do you require to maintain an acceptable standard of living? How much time should you devote to family and friends? What must you do to renew yourself spiritually, not just in the sense of religion but regarding anything that gives your life meaning? How much and what kind of recreational activities are critical for your well-being? How long can you work efficiently without taking a break? What obligations must you fulfill? What things are cluttering your life and should be eliminated? How much time do you spend daily on self-maintenance: grooming, dressing, or health care?

“Daily Log” Exercise
Play CD Track 7 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client records his daily activities in a log for a two week period.  2. ADD client records how much time is spent on each activity.  3. ADD client rates the difficulty of the activity on a scale of one to ten.  4. ADD client examines log for observable patterns.

“Moral Inventory”
Play CD Track 8 for more information regarding this technique.
ADD client answers the following questions: What can I do well? What can I do adequately? What can’t or shouldn’t I do?

“Scripted Calling” Technique
Play CD Track 9 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client writes down and rehearses what he or she plans to say during a telephone call.  2. ADD client goes to a quiet, distraction-free area to make the call.  3. ADD client keeps notes in front of him or her during the call.  4. ADD client follows the script.

 “STAR” Technique
Play CD Track 12 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client Stops before speaking or taking action.  2. ADD client Thinks about what he or she will say or do.  3. ADD client Acts upon his or her decision.  4. ADD client Reflects on the results of his or her action.

 “Message Center” Tool
Play CD Track 13 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client family gets a bulletin board and puts it in a prominent place near a phone.  2. ADD client family divides the board into enough spaces for every member of the family, plus one additional space for general messages.  3. Messages posted should be put in the appropriate family member’s space with the name of the family member that took the message and the time and date that he or she took the message.  4. Messages are removed once they have been read.  5. Messages posted in the general section should be initialed by the family member that posted it, and initialed by each other family member upon reading the message. The last family member to read the message removes it from the board.  6. ADD family members make it a habit to check the board multiple times a day, including when they get home from work or school.

“Written Worries” Exercise
Play CD Track 14 for more information regarding this technique.
1.  ADD client writes down a single worry.  2. ADD client evaluates worry in writing, answering the questions like “How likely is it to occur?” “Is there anything I can do to minimize the risk?” and “If the worst happens, can I handle it?”  3. ADD client visualizes success to overcome worry.

 
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