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Assertive Communication

Assertive Communication

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Assertiveness is a communication style in which a person stands up for their own needs and beliefs, while also respecting the needs of others. Assertive communication is defined by mutual respect, diplomacy, and directness. Our Assertive Communication worksheet includes one page of psychoeducation, and a second page of practice exercises, that will help your clients learn to use assertive communication in their own lives...
Back-to-Back Drawing Activity

Back-to-Back Drawing Activity

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The back-to-back drawing communication exercise will get your groups and couples working together, talking, and thinking about how they communicate. Groups are split into pairs of "listeners" and "speakers". The speaker will describe an image for the listener to draw, but the listener cannot speak. Neither person can see the other's paper...
Reflections: Communication Skill

Reflections: Communication Skill

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Reflections are a powerful tool to improve communication. This worksheet includes one page of education with an overview of how to use reflections (including tips and an example), followed by one page of practice statements. This communication worksheet will be helpful as a take-home reminder for couples, or as a form of practice for individual psychotherapy clients...
Relationship Growth Activity

Relationship Growth Activity

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Use the Discovery Questions Relationship Growth Activity with couples who are motivated to work together to improve their relationship, but need something to get them rolling. This exercise can help couples who have are having difficulty communicating, or simply not taking the time to communicate. We also suggest using this tool as an icebreaker to a couples therapy session...
Fair Fighting Rules

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...
"I" Statements

"I" Statements

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When a person feels that they are being blamed—whether rightly or wrongly—it’s common that they respond with defensiveness. “I” statements are a simple way of speaking that will help your clients avoid this trap by reducing feelings of blame. A good “I” statement takes responsibility for one’s own feelings, while tactfully describing a problem...
Postcard Art Activity

Postcard Art Activity

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The Postcard Art Activity will test the creativity of both the therapist and client. The printout depicts the back of a basic postcard—it's a bit of a blank canvas. Here's how we use it: Clients write a short message to someone who they miss, someone who they are frustrated with, or to someone with whom they want to share something...
Relationship Conflict Resolution

Relationship Conflict Resolution

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When used correctly, a few simple conflict resolution skills can make a tremendous difference in the quality of a relationship. The Relationship Conflict Resolution worksheet describes a few of these skills in an easy-to-follow manner. We love these techniques because some of them are so simple, but they still carry such an impact...
Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive Communication

Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive Communication

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Communication skills are an essential foundation for any type of work with couples and families, and assertive communication is a great place to start. Everyone uses each of the communication styles from time-to-time, but many people tend to lean on one more heavily. The Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive Communication worksheet gives an overview of each communication style, along with tips to help your clients recognize each one...
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