Aftercare can involve ongoing supportive therapy, again based on the individual's level of comfort in using the assertive techniques. For those who are comfortable using the techniques on their own, a supportive social network or occasional participation in a support group will be enough to help maintain the new behavioral patterns. The ultimate goal is for each participant to self-

Assertive—Confidently self-assured; able to =

express oneself constructively and directly. t

Overcompensation—An attempt to overcome or i correct a behavior by going too far in the opposite Indirection. 00

Role-playing—A technique used in assertiveness training and other forms of therapy in which participants act out roles relevant to real-life situations in order to change their attitudes and behaviors.

monitor effectively his or her use of assertive techniques on an ongoing basis.

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