Better Version of Me which uses strengths adaptively through specific

Better version of me which uses strengths adaptively

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Better Version of Me” which uses strengths adaptively through specific, measurable and achievable goals Explore whether individualized, autonomous and independent Better Self is preferred for clients from cultures that expect communal, interdependent, and socially harmonious Better Self (continued) [email protected]
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15 Positive Psychotherapy: Clinical and Cross-cultural … 339 Table 15.1 (continued) Session & theme Skill description Skill practice Cultural considerations 5. Open vs. Closed memories: Meaning Reflect and explore consequences of holding open (bitter) memories including those that perpetuate distress Positive Cognitive Appraisal : After practicing relaxation, the client writes bitter memories, and learns ways to deal with them better Client may find it hard to recall negative memories, especially if these involve a family member with whom they interact often 6. Forgiveness: Positive relationships Discern forgiveness as a process of deceasing negative resentment-based emotions, motivation and thoughts; Learn how forgiveness can heal and empower; Learn what forgiveness is Forgiveness : Client learns about REACH—a process of forgiveness and/or writes a letter of forgiveness but not necessarily delivers it Explore if the client feels forgiveness is forced as socially desirable; are they prepared for it? Explore the culturally appropriate meaning of forgiveness for the client 7. Gratitude: Positive emotions & relationships Attuning awareness towards the good; Explore gratitude as process of enduring thankfulness; Broaden perspective and build positive emotions Gratitude Letter & Visit : Client writes a letter of gratitude to someone whom they never properly thanked; Client writes a draft and makes arrangements to deliver it in person Clients from interdependent cultures may find writing/reading a gratitude letter uncomfortable and against cultural value of modesty 8. Therapeutic progress: Accomplishment Discuss motivation and therapeutic progress, elicit and offer feedback; Discuss potential barriers and generate strength-based solutions Client completes the Forgiveness and Gratitude exercises; Client discusses the experience regarding A Better Version of Me Explore with the client the impact (or lack) of change within a cultural context; discuss needed changes to maintain motivation (continued) [email protected]
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340 T. Rashid and M. K. Al-Haj Baddar Table 15.1 (continued) Session & theme Skill description Skill practice Cultural considerations 9. Satisficing vs. Maximizing: Positive emotions & meaning Learn about maximizing, i.e., getting the best possible option, decision or product, while satisficing entails opting for good enough; Understand the cost of maximizing Satisficing : Client explores in which domains of life they maximize or satisfice. Client drafts a plan to boost satisficing Maximizing may be related to a family’s financial situation; it may be adaptive for families who experienced impoverishment 10. Hope & Optimism: Positive emotions Develop the ability to see the best, yet realistic side of most things;
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