Table 3

Brief presentation of the treatment protocol
Weekly sessions
Session 1 Introduction of the therapist and the group members
Agreements on attendance, commitment, homework and privacy
Setting realistic treatment goals
Explaining the rationale of the cognitive treatment
Introducing relevant concepts op CBT (situation, thoughts, emotions, behavior) and the use of the diary
Sessions 2 – 4 Discussing rationale and the concepts of CBT
Explaining unrealistic and automatic thoughts
Identifying and challenging dysfunctional cognitions about eating, weight and shape (by Socratic dialogue)
Homework: cognitive diaries
Sessions 5 – 8 Introducing the behavioral experiment
Challenging dysfunctional cognitions by setting up a behavioral experiment
Identifying and challenging ‘core beliefs’, the underlying self-schemas
Homework: cognitive diaries and behavioral experiments
Sessions 9 – 10 Preparing for the oncoming ending of weekly sessions
Identifying and challenging dysfunctional cognitions about relapse
Introducing relapse prevention sessions
Relapse prevention sessions
Session 11 Challenging dysfunctional cognitions about relapse
Setting goals for the long term
Explaining Problem Solving Treatment and Proactive Coping
Session 12 – 16 Implementing PST and PC in an individual plan
Session 17 Preparing for treatment ending
Challenging dysfunctional cognitions about treatment ending
Personal reminder in difficult times

Berk et al.

Berk et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:1026   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-1026

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