What are the theories behind this PTSD ABC worksheet?
This worksheet is based on the Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) which is a specific form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for PTSD which aims to improve symptoms by identifying and changing the thoughts and beliefs associated with the traumatic event.
Throughout the sessions, clients work on identifying, challenging and modifying their unproductive beliefs related to the trauma to reduce its negative impact on their day to day lives. The therapy focuses on ‘stuck points’ which are exaggerated negative thoughts about the self and others that hinder the recovery process.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet helps clients monitor their thoughts, feelings and actions that are a result of experiencing the traumatic event. It also prompts them to challenge the thought and replace it with a helpful one. It is teaching them a way to cope with their trauma and contain the negative consequences in hopes of achieving normal everyday functioning.
How to use the worksheet?
This worksheet is used multiple times throughout the CPT as practice so the client can learn this key skill and become habitual of applying it in their daily lives. They should be instructed to complete this worksheet daily and at least do one specifically for their worst trauma.
PTSD ABC worksheet
Resick, P. A., Monson, C. M., & Chard, K. M. (2017). Cognitive processing therapy for PTSD: A comprehensive manual. The Guilford Press.
Beck, J. S. (2020). Cognitive behavior therapy (3rd ed.). Guilford Press.
You can download this worksheet here.