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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...
"I" Statements
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"I" Statements

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Teach clients about the benefits of "I" statements, share examples, and help them practice generating their own statements with this communication worksheet. After completing the examples in teh worksheet, we suggest that the client practices generating "I" statements from situations in their own life...
Cycle of Abuse
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Cycle of Abuse

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Learning about the cycle of abuse can be illuminating for a client who is struggling in an abusive relationship. Clients are often shocked how closely the cycle resembles their own experience. This printout clearly shows the common pattern found in the cycle of abuse starting with tension building, an abusive incident, reconciliation, and then a calm or "honeymoon" phase...
Relationship Conflict Resolution
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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. Sometimes, a couple gets so caught up in the content of their fighting, that they fail to notice that conversations always go poorly when they happen after work and before dinner...
Relationship Building: Shared Qualities
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Relationship Building: Shared Qualities

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Taking a look at shared values, experiences, and beliefs can help remind a couple that they are on the same team. If you're working with a couple that seems ready to reconnect, use this relationship building worksheet as a prompt to begin thinking about positive qualities they share. Couples that are fighting tend to spend a lot of time thinking about heavy topics that pull them apart...
My Partner's Qualities
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My Partner's Qualities

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When relationships go sour we tend to overlook our partner's best qualities. We forget why we loved them in the first place. This worksheet will help couples put more focus on the qualities that initially drew them to their partner. Print a copy for both individuals of the couple, and ask them to complete worksheet individually...
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