Decreases their stress and symptoms by switching from an emotional state to a logical state of mind. Some examples of overwhelming stressors: Housing, employment, medication management, symptom management, money management, family conflict. Provides a concrete reminder for provider appointments. Increases problem solving skills. Offers hope and empowers the individual. Creates daily structure. Achieves short and long-term goals. Acts as an “Action List”, not a “To Do List”. Avoids avoidance. Self-validates by checking off the numbers. Assists client with being more proactive with their treatment. Encourages healthy and normative behaviors, including: exercise, healthy eating, increased socialization, improved sleep, better hygiene, and completing household chores. OPA is easy to learn and teach others and simple to create and use daily. Only pen and paper are needed. Most importantly…OPA offers hope!
The OPA cognitive behavioral tool has been successfully implemented in an outpatient mental health clinic in Seattle for over two years. The cognitive tool for reducing stress is used in the agency in several different ways: As a weekly support group for clients, receiving one on one support in person by Peer Specialists and providers, and over the phone. In addition, OPA is being piloted as a support group and offered as a one on one intervention tool, in two inpatient psychiatric units for a large hospital in Seattle.
The OPA cognitive behavioral tool will assist you and your clients in multiple ways at reducing and managing stress. OPA is fast, effective, and there is no reoccurring cost to you or your agency, after some minimal training. All trainings can be completed within one day. Number of individuals needing to be trained affects the length of training time.
Here are some of the many valuable benefits of learning the OPA manual and using the OPA worksheets and OPA provider forms with those you are serving who live with mental illness:
1. OPA helps manage stress for the people we serve, in order to help them work towards recovery, live a longer life, and have greater life satisfaction.
2. OPA switches individuals from an emotional state to a logical state of thinking. Using OPA’s simple four-step process allows them to identify their own feelings, organize their random thoughts, and prioritize by number the importance of their supportive thoughts for reducing their stressor. This in turn allows them to freely take action at reducing their own stress and move forward with their recovery.
3. OPA helps reduce your clients’ stress, whether it be overwhelming stressors, creating daily structure, and/or goal setting, by guiding them through the four-step OPA worksheet or OPA provider form.
4. Prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed by managing the multiple stressors of your clients with one simple four-step OPA worksheet. OPA gives a disorganized and often chaotic mind order and relief.