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How to Report my Diary Card
The aftercare diary card represents a perspective shift in measuring well-being, and helps people focus on the goals that are connected to their Vision of Recovery.
Goals: This section of the diary card helps track progress towards the three short-term goals identified on your treatment plan. You can write down a quick descriptor of each goal on lines 1-3 to help you remember each day.
Barriers: In a few words, write down any barriers you encountered while working on your goals. It is important to keep track of the barriers regardless of whether they prevented you from meeting the goal or not.
What Worked: This section of the diary card is asking about how you met the goal, or how you effectively addressed barriers as they arose.
Plan: What is your plan to meet this goal in the coming days?
Self-Care: This is where you report on the level of your involvement in your self-care.
It is reported on a scale of 0 – 10, with 0 indicating not feeling involved at all in engaging in self-care, and 10 indicating feeling the very involved.
Self-Advocacy: This is where you report on the level of self-advocacy you engaged in during the week. This can look like standing up for yourself, setting a boundary, or asking for what you need. It is reported on a scale of 0 – 10, with 0 indicating not advocating for yourself, and 10 indicating the most advocacy you are capable of doing.
Feelings: Record the feelings that you notice each day.
Back of the Card: The back of the diary card offers three prompts to help you effectively prepare for what you would like to discuss in group, as well as a space to keep notes for the week.
As you can see on the example diary card on pages 7 and 8, each card has spaces for seven days. This is done so you can record progress toward goals each day of the week. It is expected that you complete the diary card each day of the week. Recording each day will help you to keep track of your progress, planned steps, and accomplishments, as well as to help recognize any patterns that may exist.
As you may have noticed there is not a specific area to report SI or SIB urges. The expectation of aftercare is not that clients do not experience SI or SIB urges, but rather that clients have the skill knowledge to maintain safety should SI and SIB urges arise. Each client is personally accountable to identifying if and when they need assistance in maintaining safety with SI and SIB urges. The therapist will hold you accountable to checking in with safety concerns.

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