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Creating a Token Economy
Creating a Token Economy
Use this worksheet to reinforce important points when helping a parent establish a token economy with their child. Token economies are an effective way to change behavior through the use of positive reinforcement.
Automatic Thoughts
Automatic Thoughts
This CBT tool educates clients about automatic thoughts and the benefits of changing them. An example is given, and clients are encouraged to identify their own automatic thoughts and new replacement thoughts.

The text reads: "Our thoughts control how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Positive thoughts lead to us feeling good and negative thoughts can put us down. Sometimes our thoughts happen so quickly that we fail to notice them, but they can still affect our mood. These are called automatic thoughts. Oftentimes, our automatic thoughts are negative and irrational. Identifying these negative automatic thoughts and replacing them with new rational thoughts can improve our mood."
Building Discrepancy
Building Discrepancy
One goal of Motivational Interviewing is to build discrepancy between the client's current behavior and their desired behavior. Use this Motivational Interviewing worksheet to help clients understand how their current drug and alcohol use affects various areas of their life.
Gratitude Journal
Gratitude Journal
Several studies have show a link between gratitude and well-being (for one, see Emmons, R. A. & McCullough, M. E., 2003). This worksheet will act as a reminder and a guideline for clients who may be journaling for the first time.
My Stages of Grief
My Stages of Grief
Use this worksheet to help clients explore how they have coped with each of the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). If clients have gotten stuck in one of the stages, encourage them to explore this point deeper. Try pairing this worksheet with the "Stages of Grief" education printout.
The Stages of Grief (Education Printout)
The Stages of Grief (Education Printout)
This printout includes education about the five stages of grief (the Kübler-Ross model). Each of the five stages--denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance--are defined. Try pairing it with the "My Stages of Grief" worksheet.
Related tools: My Stages of Grief
Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation Techniques
Educate clients about the use of deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and imagery for relaxation. This printout gives a brief description of the fight-or-flight response and step-by-step instructions on how to use each relaxation technique.
Postcard Art Activity
Postcard Art Activity
This postcard activity requires a bit of creativity from both the therapist and client. The printout depicts the back of a basic postcard. Here's our vision for its use: Clients write a short message to someone who they miss, someone who they need to communicate with, or to someone with whom they want to share. On the back of the paper (the side without any print), the client can represent their feelings or their message through artwork. However, you're the professional. Use this template as you see fit!
Sleep Hygiene Handout
Sleep Hygiene Handout
Insomnia and other sleep issues are common among those with and without mental illness. The consequences of poor sleep include fatigue, inattention, reduce cognitive functioning, and other health issues. Use this sleep hygiene handout to educate clients about basic sleep tips.
What is ADD / ADHD?
What is ADD / ADHD?
Educating parents and children about ADD / ADHD can help in the treatment of the disorder. Parents who lack an understanding of ADHD may blame their child for behaviors that are very difficult for them to control because of their diagnosis. This printout defines ADHD, lists symptoms, and describes other important traits of the disorder.
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