chapter  9
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Session 6

Skill and Treatment Progress Review and Preparing for Direct Experiencing of Emotion
ByPaul R. Stasiewicz, Clara M. Bradizza, Kim S. Slosman

This chapter corresponds to Session 6 of Emotion Regulation Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders. In this session, the therapist reviews coping skills learned thus far and the client’s progress towards their drinking goals. The client is encouraged to try out different skills and is reminded that flexible use of the skills is important to effective emotion regulation. Next, the therapist works with the client to prepare them for the direct experiencing of emotion sessions (Sessions 7–10). The direct experiencing of emotion involves imaginal exposure to high-risk drinking situations involving unpleasant emotions. In preparation for imaginal exposure, the therapist conducts a brief guided imagery exercise and gathers information regarding a negative affect drinking situation for use during the first direct experiencing of emotion session using the worksheet provided. At the end of the session, between-session skill practice is assigned.