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Setting Boundaries: Info and Practice

Boundaries are the limits and rules that people set for themselves in relationships. Someone with healthy boundaries can say “no” when they want to, but they are also comfortable opening themselves up to intimacy and close relationships.

The Setting Boundaries worksheet will help teach your clients to set healthy boundaries by covering language for speaking assertively, boundary-setting tips, examples, and practice exercises.

When using this handout with a group or individual, be sure to explore each section in depth. Delve deeper into “Know Your Boundaries” by exploring values. Learn more about “What to Say” and “What to Do” by teaching assertive communication.

Tip: To get the most out of practice exercises, encourage your clients to treat the scenarios as if they were actually experiencing them. What language would they feel comfortable using to set a boundary? These examples may also be used for role-playing scenarios.
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