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the previous section, we discussed steps one and two of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy KISS,
Keep It Small and Simple, technique with a depressed client; set
an attainable goal and keep it simple. In this section, we will
discuss steps three through five of the KISS technique.
♦ Step 3: Andrea needed to make an approach plan. Developing an approach plan enabled Andrea to map out the best possible route to her goal and allowed her to clarify how she was going to get the job done. This increased her efficiency and decreased the potential for obstacles to hamper her progress. To make an approach
a. First, Establish checkpoints: Colleen helped Andrea break the task at hand
into small pieces. Colleen guided Andrea not to worry about the sequence of events,
but rather try to envision an overview of checkpoints.
♦ Step 4: Have your client schedule their steps. Colleen had Andrea look over her approach plan and helped her select what she would do first; determine how much time it would take; decide exactly when she would begin; if it would take a number of days or weeks to complete, how long she intended to spend on it each day. On their personal calendar, have them pencil the task into their schedule, and have them repeat this process for the second, third, fourth, and fifth tasks. To avoid overwhelming and overburdening them, and also to be able
♦ Step 5: It is important that they do what they have planned. One at a time, Andrea should perform each task and adhere to their schedule. Colleen told Andrea if she found she could not spend as much time as she had scheduled, make the most of the time you can devote to the task. As you know, procrastination, leaving things half-finished, or giving up before even beginning are not easy habits to break. Your client may be tempted to talk themselves out of doing what they had planned. Other times, they will find themselves moping and brooding, as they did
Colleen warned Andrea about procrastination, and suggested that she try the "five minute plan." Colleen told her to make a pact with herself to devote just five minutes to the task she had scheduled. After five minutes, she has the option of going back to doing nothing. Usually after five minutes are up, have you found, like I have found about myself, you are willing and able to continue?
this process, that allows your depressed client to keep tabs on where they are
at in accomplishing their goals, be of assistance to you in your next session?
I have found the KISS technique reminds client that they are making progress,
moving forward, and accomplishing things. Each accomplishment then, of course,
adds to their sense of competence and self-worth. In short the more they do, the
better they will feel.