therapy worksheets, tools, and handouts for mental health counselors.

Therapy worksheets related to all topics for Children

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Chore Challenge (Chore Chart)
Chore Challenge (Chore Chart)
Use this chart to list chores and record their completion. The goal of this parenting worksheet is to create a point system with rewards that children can see and work toward. This file includes a blank Chore Challenge form, and a completed example form to help guide parents and given ideas.
Related tools: Reward Coupons
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Script
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Script
Use this script to guide clients in progressive muscle relaxation. It'll be important to provide additional education about the purpose and benefits of the exercise, and to encourage clients to practice on their own. Don't be afraid to adjust the script to make it your own--this is just a framework of the exercise.

The introductory text reads: "Progressive muscle relaxation is an exercise that reduces stress and anxiety in your body by having you slowly tense and then relax each muscle. This exercise can provide an immediate feeling of relaxation, but it's best to practice frequently. With experience, you will become more aware of when you are experiencing tension and you will have the skills to help you relax."
Anger Warning Signs
Anger Warning Signs
This worksheet is intended to be used in the beginning anger management treatment to help educate clients about their physical and behavioral responses to anger. We recommend taking time helping the client identify their earliest warning signs of anger that might be less obvious and more difficult to recognize.

Worksheet copy reads: "Sometimes anger can affect what you say or do before you even recognize the feeling. This is especially true if you feel angry all the time. You may become so used to the feeling of anger that you don't notice it, sort of like how you can hear the sound of an air condition or the humming of a refrigerator but block it from your mind. Even if you aren't thinking about your feelings, they influence how you behave. The first step to managing anger is learning to recognize your personal warning signs that tell you how you feel."
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.
My Fears
My Fears
This children's anxiety worksheet will help prompt the client to identify, describe, and address their fears. Children are asked to list their fears, describe their thoughts about the fears, identify where in their body they sense the feeling, and finally to create a plan for dealing with fear.
Goodbye Letter
Goodbye Letter
Help children describe their grief using this writing exercise. Your client will describe who they are grieving, special memories with that person, and lessons learned from the relationship. This worksheet will be helpful with children who have difficulty talking about their loss.
How I Feel
How I Feel
This CBT tool for children encourages the identification of emotions, triggering events, and coping skills. Children are given examples of emotions and positive coping skills to help with the completion of the worksheet. Simple and to the point!
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.
Related tools: Gratitude Exercises
Grief Sentence Completion
Grief Sentence Completion
Help children and adolescents begin to process their grief by completing this sentence completion exercise. This worksheet may be helpful for children who are having difficulty beginning to talk about their loss.
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!
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