Mental Health Treatment Plan Worksheet

What is the theory behind this Mental Health Treatment Plan Worksheet?

A mental health treatment plan  is written to strategize the breakdown of the number of sessions, according to the therapeutic short and long term goals, objectives and interventions required for the client;s condition. This worksheet is based on a sample breakdown for brief CBT which typically lasts around 8 sessions. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will provide a general session breakdown for brief CBT treatment that can be used to structure treatment plans for clients. Brief CBT focuses on specific treatments condensed into eight sessions for clients with limited presenting complaints with or without a psychiatric disorder

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet provides a template that can be used to plan brief CBT treatments for clients seeking therapy for mild emotional and behavioural problems. It can be used for adjustment, anxiety, depressive disorders or to target specific symptoms and lifestyle change that may or may not be a part of a psychiatric diagnosis. 

Mental Health Treatment Plan Worksheet

This is a sample session breakdown for a brief CBT treatment. It can be used as it is or as a basis for a more customised treatment plan. 

Client Description
Case Conceptualization
Session 1Introductory sessionAssess problems and complainsReach a diagnosis – Case ConceptualizationDetermine treatment plans and goals
Session 2Continue to assess problems and adjust treatment plans and goals
If not required, move on to Intervention Techniques:Identifying Maladaptive ThoughtsBehavioural ActivationProblem Solving SkillsCognitive RestructuringCoping strategiesThought RecordMood monitoringAdvantage/Disadvantage analysis of maladaptive and adaptive behaviour
Session 3 – 6Continue Intervention TechniquesRevisit treatment goals and objectivesReview progressAssign homework Receive and discuss homework assignments
Session 7Nearing the end phaseDiscuss relapse prevention and behaviour maintenance  strategies
Session 8End treatment Provide support to maintain changes. Discuss self-management and need for Booster sessions


Cully, J. A & Teten, A, L. (2008) A Therapist’s Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Department of Veterans Affairs South Central MIRECC, Houston

You can download this worksheet here.

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