"The Coping Cat program is an outpatient-program that uses a cognitive behavioral therapy approach. It assists children suffering from anxiety disorders by teaching children how to (1) recognize anxious feelings and physical reactions;(2) clarify cognitions in anxiety-provoking situations;(3) develop plans to help cope with these situations;and (4) evaluate their performance and administer self-reinforcement as appropriate. Therapists use behavioral training techniques such as real-life situation modeling, role-playing, relaxation training, and contingent reinforcement. Therapists also assign homework tasks to reinforce the skills learned in the sessions.
"Coping Cat consists of 16 sessions. The first eight are training sessions that introduce, practice, and reinforce the basic concepts of the treatment. The remaining sessions allow children to further practice the new skills in both imaginary and real-life situations."
A web search does not reveal examples of adaptations of Coping Cat by Tribal communities, though researchers are investigating adapting the program for younger youth, adolescents, and youth with secondary comorbidities.
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