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. This provides a great starting point for conversations about communication styles, and replacing aggression and passivity with assertiveness.
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