This step begins with the group listening to a guided process called the Wheel of Awareness, developed by Dr. Daniel Siegel. This is an exercise where the person intentionally learns to differentiates sources of information which their minds & bodies are recognizing & attempting to regulate.
Next the process builds on the previous exercise by using a bridging step called the “Three I Ams”. Participants are encouraged to see what information their bodies & thoughts are revealing at the present moment. They then form three “I am…” statements that are later shared aloud with the group.
Lastly, the group listens to a series of learning tasks that help to identify cognitive distortion that disrupts a person’s capacity to regulate their thoughts & emotions. Cognitive Behavioral techniques are introduced to effectively manage cognitive distortion when it arises.