Cognitive Model Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This worksheet presents a cognitive model of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) adapted from Ehlers and Clark's (2000) model. This is an incredibly flexible model which identifies three maintenance mechanisms which serve to prolong distress in PTSD:
- Memories having 'unprocessed' properties which mean they are more likely to be experienced as involuntarily intrusive
- Beliefs regarding the trauma, the self, others, and the future which can lead to intense emotional reactions
- Coping strategies (e.g. avoidance) which may be maladaptive
The worksheet includes multiple variations of varying complexity, and includes worked examples illustrating idiosyncratic PTSD reactions.