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Challenging Negative Thoughts
Challenging Negative Thoughts
Use this CBT worksheet to help clients learn and practice challenging their negative self-talk. This printout lists several questions that will help your client begin to think of their situation or their thoughts from a new perspective.

This worksheet assumes that a client has some basic knowledge about the CBT model and they are able to identify their negative thoughts.
Weekly Schedule for Behavioral Activation
Weekly Schedule for Behavioral Activation
Clients who are battling depression might find it challenging to complete the simplest of tasks due to a lack of motivation. Behavioral activation requires clients to identify positive activities to replace their old negative behaviors, and then to create a schedule to complete them. This worksheet provides a blank behavioral activation schedule with instructions and examples to ease the process for clients.
Positive Activities for Behavioral Activation
Positive Activities for Behavioral Activation
Behavioral activation requires clients to identify activities that are both easy and rewarding as replacements for their old behaviors that contributed to their depression. It's important to be sure that chosen activities rank highly in these categories (ease and reward) to increase the likelihood that clients will follow through...
Activity List
Activity List
Share this activity list printout with clients who are having a difficulty coming up with positive activities for behavioral activation, for those who are trying to find new activities to replace drug use, or for couples who are looking for new ways to spend time together to improve their relationship. With a little creativity, this worksheet can also become a great backdrop for group therapy activities.
Self-Esteem Journal
Self-Esteem Journal
Use this worksheet to help clients build confidence and improve their self-esteem. The worksheet requires clients to answer three daily questions related to their successes, good qualities, and positive experiences. The layout of this printout is designed to be straight-forward and simple activity to help improve self-esteem. Here are some examples of prompts in the worksheet:

"I felt proud when...
Related tools: Gratitude Journal
Fair Fighting Rules
Fair Fighting Rules
If you're working with a couple (or family, or individual) who has toxic arguments, help them understand and practice fair fighting rules. Give them a copy of this printout to keep at home so they can be reminded of the rules at home when they need them the most. The first three rules read:

Before you begin, ask yourself why you feel upset...

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
Gratitude Exercises
Gratitude Exercises
Research in positive psychology indicates that those who practice gratitude have lower self-reported levels of depression and stress, and they're more satisfied with their social relationships. Not only that, but the effects can be long-lasting.

This worksheet summarizes a few exercises to help clients begin practicing gratitude...
Related tools: Gratitude Journal
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...
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...
(Also available in Spanish)
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