SCHOOL OF BREATHING SCIENCES

308 Cognitive Behavior Modification

Thinking habits, belief systems, and personal interpretations play a major role in triggering and perpetuating dysfunctional breathing. This course addresses the relationship of behavior with automatic thoughts. It provides an overview of the structure of the assessment session and the fundamental elements of formulating a learning plan. It includes: Cognitive and behavioral triggers – identifying specific places, times, tasks, people, and emotional states that engage dysfunctional habits; Motivation and reinforcement – emotions, self-esteem, sense of control, primary and secondary gain; Mediated effects – associated physiological & psychological symptoms/deficits; Cognition – thinking styles, belief systems and personal interpretations of circumstances and behaviors; Techniques – assertiveness skills, relaxation skills, thought monitoring, comprehensive cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation.