Handbook of Homework Assignments in Psychotherapy

pp 51-63

Cognitive Therapy

  • Judith S. Beck
  • , Michael A. Tompkins

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Homework plays a central role in cognitive therapy. A significant part of each session is devoted to designing assignments to help clients improve between sessions and tomoti vating clients to carry out these assign ments. Therapists use a cognitive conceptualization of the client to guide treatment, including the development of homework assignments. When difficulties in completing assignments arise (other than those due to practical problems), the therapist again conceptualizes the difficulties in cognitive terms, uncovering and helping clients respond to interfering cognitions. A major thrust in homework is oriented toward relapse prevention: having clients learn skills that they can use long after treatment has ended.