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VISN 5 MIRECC- Supporting Veterans in Evidence Based Therapy


What is Evidence Based Therapy?

The VA offers multiple options for evidence therapy (EBTs). These therapies have been supported by research studies and have been shown to help with common behavioral health concerns of Veterans, including insomnia, depression, anxiety, relationships, PTSD, and others. Many EBT programs involve worksheets and hand outs, and the purpose of this website is to provide easy access to these resources for Veterans participating in EBT.

Explore online self-guided EBT for Veterans:

Access mental health apps to support EBT:

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Handouts and worksheets for Evidence Based Therapy

**The handouts and worksheets on this page are currently being reviewed for accessibility. We will update the page as the documents are remediated.**


CBT-Chronic Pain
| CBT-Depression | CBT-Substance Use Disorder | Social Skills Training | STAIR

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain

The below resources are meant to help Veterans who are working with a therapist for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP).

CBT-CP Handouts

Session 2

  • CBT-CP Model Handout
  • Chronic Pain Cycle Handout
  • Factors That Impact Pain

Session 3

  • SMART Goal Setting

Session 4

  • Pacing Activities
  • Walking Log

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8

Session 9

Session 10

Session 11

  • Anticipating Obstacles
  • Weekly Activities Schedule

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

The below resources are meant to help Veterans who are working with a therapist for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D). Veterans can learn more about CBT-D here.

CBT-D Workbooks

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT-D Worksheets

  • My SMART Goals
  • Problem Solving Worksheet
  • Pleasant Activities List
  • CBT-D Goals Worksheet
  • CBT-D 5 Column Thought Record
  • CBT-D 3 Column Thought Record
  • CBT-D Activity Monitoring Form

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorder

The below resources are meant to help Veterans who are working with a therapist for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-SUD). Veterans can learn more about CBT-SUD here.

Fillable Worksheets

  • Change Plan
  • Checklist of Social Pressure Situations
  • Coping Plan
  • Exploring Triggers
  • Five-Column Thought Record Urges
  • Five-Column Thought Record Mood
  • Identifying Social Pressure Situations and Coping Responses
  • Options
  • Problem Solving Steps Worksheet
  • Reflection Sheet
  • Three-Column Thought Record
  • Urge Monitoring Card

Handouts

Social Skills Training

The below resources are meant to help Veterans who are working with a therapist for Social Skills Training (SST). Veterans can learn more about SST here.

  • SST Information for Veterans
  • Brief SST Group Session Sequence
  • Videoconference Etiquette Tips Sheet
  • Sample SST Group Expectation

SST Skill Sheet

  • In English
  • In Spanish

SST Outside Practice Record

  • In English
  • In Spanish

Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR)

The below resources are meant to help Veterans who are working with a therapist for Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR).

STAIR Handouts

Session 2

  • Feelings Monitoring Form
  • The Effect of Trauma on Emotions Worksheet
  • Feelings Wheel
  • Feelings Monitoring Form
  • Feelings List

Session 3

  • Managing Your Feelings: Reducing Your Emotional Vulnerability
  • Emotion Regulation Strategies to Try
  • Suggestions for Pleasurable Activities
  • Three Channels Emotion Worksheet

Session 4

  • Evaluating Pros and Cons Worksheet

Session 5

Session 6

  • Interpersonal Schemas Worksheet II

Session 7

  • What is Appropriate Assertiveness Behavior
  • I Messages
  • Effective Ways of Making Requests
  • Boundaries in Relationships
  • Basic Personal Rights

Session 8

  • Three Types of Power Balances in Relationships
  • Effective Ways of Saying No


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