CBT Longitudinal Formulation Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this CBT Longitudinal Formulation Worksheet?

Formulation is a crucial part of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which helps both the therapist and the client to gain a deeper understanding of the client’s problems and the factors maintaining their condition. This formulation determines treatment goals. Longitudinal formulation specifically helps identify the client’s core beliefs and negative thought patterns that maintain their problems. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will provide a simple template of longitudinal formulation that a therapist practising Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can use to conceptualise their client’s cases. It will help them gain a shared understanding of the client’s problem so that treatment can be customised accordingly.  

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used by therapists as part of extensive social skills training of adults with mental illness. After explaining the concept of body language along with specific examples, instruct them to write down which body language cues they think might give them clues in the given situations. 

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