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Fair Fighting Rules
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Fair Fighting Rules

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When working with a couple (or family, or individual) who has toxic arguments, it can be helpful to teach them about fair fighting rules. Be sure to practice in session, and come up with a specific plan for how a couple will implement the rules. Share a copy of this printout for your client to keep at home so they can be reminded of the rules when they need them the most...
Anger Warning Signs
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Anger Warning Signs

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Use this worksheet at the beginning anger management treatment to help educate clients about their physical and behavioral responses to anger. We recommend taking time to help your client identify their earliest warning signs of anger that might be less obvious and more difficult to recognize, so they can cut off aggression before it has an opportunity to take over...
Relaxation Techniques
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Relaxation Techniques

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Educate clients about deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and imagery for relaxation. This printout includes a brief description of the fight-or-flight response and step-by-step instructions on how to use each relaxation technique. We suggest practicing each of these techniques in session and providing this handout as a take-home reminder of the skills your client has learned...
Daily Mood Chart
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Daily Mood Chart

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Use the daily mood chart worksheet alongside CBT interventions to help clients practice recognizing the links between their environment, thoughts, and feelings. Every two hours your client will record the emotions they experienced (we suggest asking them to rate the intensity from 1-10), and make note about what was happening during that time...
Weekly Mood Chart
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Weekly Mood Chart

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Mood tracking is a useful technique for clients who are having difficulty identifying the source of negative emotions. Patterns in mood might be difficult to detect day-to-day, but they will jump out from a completed mood chart. Ask your client to carry this sheet with them for a week and jot down a few words in each square...
Anger Management Skills
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Anger Management Skills

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Anger management techniques covered in this worksheet include learning to recognize anger, taking a timeout, deep breathing, exercise, expressing anger, thinking of consequences, and visualization. Use this worksheet to help teach clients new techniques, or as a reference they can use to remind themselves of skills they have learned in therapy sessions...
The Cycle of Anger
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The Cycle of Anger

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Help your anger management clients visualize the cycle of anger using this resource. This worksheet puts topics such as triggers, negative thoughts, and anger warning signs into context, and can be used as a great segue into each of these topics. Each step in the cycle includes an example, but we suggest collaborating with your client to review one of their own recent experiences to see how it fits with the cycle...
Anger Diary
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Anger Diary

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Before learning to manage anger, your clients will need to consistently recognize their anger as it occurs. This anger diary functions similarly to a thought log. Your client will be asked to record an event that led to anger, the associated thoughts and feelings, their behavioral response, and the outcome of the situation...
Introduction to Anger Management
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Introduction to Anger Management

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This anger management worksheet has everything you need to get your clients started on the topic of anger. We start at the beginning by defining anger (especially, how anger differs from aggression), and then move through topics such as triggers, the expression of anger, and consequences of anger. Because each of these topics are only briefly discussed, we suggest this worksheet be used as an outline, or even review...
Anger Thermometer
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Anger Thermometer

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The anger thermometer is a classic tools for helping clients learn to recognize and understand their anger. Before your client can learn to use anger management skills, they first need to recognize how their anger is triggered, how it presents itself once triggered, and then they must develop the ability to recognize their anger as it occurs--not the next day...
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