The Psychological Resilience Treatment Manual (PRTM) provides mental health professionals with an evidence-based guide to psychological resilience treatment designed to equip clients with a toolbox of adaptive coping strategies.
This intervention treatment manual is for practitioners working with clients to develop resilience and the skills they need to cope with daily challenges, reduce stress levels, and increase general well-being without necessarily diagnosing a specific disorder, such as anxiety or depression. The manual is structured around four guided intervention modules: Passive Coping, Self-Care Behaviour, Social Support, and Active Coping. Each module encompasses four one-hour sessions and includes a contents framework, overview, and target objectives for each session. The manual includes 16 client worksheets that correspond to each session, and relapse prevention therapy is incorporated at the end of each module. Flexible in nature, the manual can be used by practitioners in its entirety or modules can be selected as appropriate, depending on a client’s needs.
The Psychological Resilience Treatment Manual is an essential resource for qualified and registered psychologists, qualified cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practitioners, psychiatrists, and postgraduate counselling psychology students.
Table of Contents
List of figures List of tables Acknowledgements Introduction Objective Abstract and module overview Disclaimer Recommendations to mental health professionals Module 1: Passive Coping 1. The Psychology of Coping and Venting Session 2. Reviewing Behaviour Disengagement and Self-distraction activities 3. Addressing self-blame and denial tendencies 4. Metacognition and relapse prevention exercises Appendix A: Client worksheets for Passive Coping Module Module 2: Self-Care Behaviours 5. Getting Active and Right Nutrition—Paying attention 6. Mindfulness practice—All about thoughts, feelings, and body sensations 7. Practising self-compassion techniques 8. Learning how to relax, managing time, space, and meaning-making activities; revisiting relapse prevention exercises Appendix B:. Client worksheets for Self-Care Module Module 3: Social Support 9. Structural and Functional Social Support 10. Emotional Social Support 11. Instrumental or Material Social Support 12. Information or Cognitive Social Support and relapse prevention exercises Appendix C: Client worksheets for Social Support Module Module 4: Active Coping 13. Introduction to active coping, stress experience, and reactions 14. Positive reframing, tracking thoughts, behaviour, and learning effective problem-solving techniques 15. Utilising restraint coping, grateful journaling, and relapse prevention exercises 16. Humour—an active coping strategy Appendix D: Client worksheets for Active Coping Module Index
Saralla Chettiar is a PhD candidate at the School of Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand and a practising clinical psychologist in Malaysia. Her published works include reviewing a book on military stress and resilience. Her PhD initiative was cited as a highly commendable contribution to public health and safety at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2019.
Ian de Terte, PhD, is a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist at the School of Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand. He has published over 50 articles and has been invited to present at local and international meetings on over 30 occasions on the subject of psychological resilience, coping strategies, and traumatic stress with high-risk or first-responder populations. Dr. de Terte is a former detective with the New Zealand Police and a reservist clinical psychologist with the New Zealand Defence Force.