8. Review and Scheduling of Safety Behaviors

GIVING UP SAFETY BEHAVIORS is an important part of the exposure and response prevention process. If you click on the previous link, you’ll get our handout checklist for safety behaviors. Before the end of treatment you’ll have to give them all up if you want to get better. This can be done gradually, or you can pull the bandaid off quickly and give them all up at once. Anna has her clients fill out a 3-month calendar, noting each day when they will give up a safety behavior (or an avoidance behavior). You can do it over less time, but normally it’s not best to take more than 3 months. Here is a blank calendar that you can print and fill out, or you can find a similar one online.

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