Too many clients take exception to that term. It reminds them of the drudgery of assignments they had to do at home when they were at school. They are very carefully created, in a collaborative fashion. Therapists emphasize that most of the work in getting better happens between sessions. A significant part of each session involves helping clients figure out what they need to do outside of the therapy office to feel better and regain a good level of functioning.
Adult Psychotherapy Homework Planner, 5th Edition
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The process of psychotherapy is essentially a means of helping patients to help themselves. As such, psychotherapy is not limited to the relatively brief in-session consultation time with the practitioner. Rather, patients' engagement in therapeutic activities between sessions has become an important part of the therapy process. Such activities, often termed 'homework', are central to ensuring that therapeutic goals are reached.
The New “Homework” in Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Bill O'Hanlon. A: Please don't call them homework assignments. That evokes memories of tasks handed out in school, which often seemed like busywork.
Psychotherapy homework is often allocated to patients as part of their care. Homework activities are incorporated in this way to practice techniques taught in therapy, enable people to adapt the skills they have gained in therapy to real-life circumstances, and to strengthen the particular issues experienced in therapy. For example, in one therapy session, a patient with social skills deficits might practice and rehearse acceptable social skills, and be expected to complete homework assignments before the next session applying those newly acquired skills e.