chapter  2
Collateral Damage
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This chapter combines Action and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques (CBT) in applied group settings. Although both CBT and Action models stress the discovery process through Socratic questioning, the use of certain structured CBT techniques provides additional ways of stimulating the development of self-reflection and problem-solving skills. The group cognitive action therapy (GCAT) model focuses on identifying disturbing situations, activating moods, negative thoughts, balanced thoughts, and recognizing distortions in thinking initiating a negative interpretation of an event. With the increasing popularity of cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and incorporating CBT techniques within an action-oriented environment produces persuasive results. The GCAT environment provides a supportive and safe climate to practice new thinking and behaviors. This particular intervention has proven to be effective with university students and patients diagnosed with mood, substance abuse, anxiety, and personality disorders. Thus, the blending of the two models yields a complementary eclectic approach to multiple problem-solving strategies.