Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thoughts and Moods Worksheets

Another good CBT collection here, a 12-page pack including six worksheets.
  1. Three-Column Mood Monitor
  2. Thought Change Record
  3. Negative Communication Behaviors
  4. Realistic Counter Thoughts
  5. Examining Automatic Thoughts Evidence
  6. Moving Toward My Goals
Directions included!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yalom Threes

Here, as promised, are a few examples of the three-question worksheets suggested in Irvin Yalom's Inpatient Group Therapy. If you have more and better variations, don't hesitate to send them to me for posting: socialworkprep [at]

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Three Simple Questions

In his Inpatient Group Therapy, Irvin Yalom has some simple recommendations about group with crisis clients.  They boil down to this:  Keep it simple and keep it structured.  Let clients know up top what you're planning for group, then do it.  

Yalom suggests using a set of three simple, relevant questions.  Have clients write down their answers, then pair off and interview each other.  Clients share with the group what they've learned from their partner.  

I've seen this approach work nicely with dually diagnosed clients.  One favorite, asking about jobs--best past job, worst past job, hoped-for future job.  Usually makes for a lively group.

Depending upon group members general level of functioning, you may consider skipping the clients-interviewing-clients part and just have clients share their answers with the group directly.  But the interviewing offers some good skills practice--listening, remembering, etc.  

Generating sets of three questions is easy enough.  I'll post some examples soon.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a rarity in that it may be more easily understood via a workbook than by its more wordy, academese-heavy basic texts. Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, by Steven Hayes is a nice intertwining of text and exercises, a solid example of the emerging "third wave" cognitive behavioral tradition.

For those who want to dig deeper into ACT (and its foundation, Relational Frame Theory), try joining the ACT Yahoo Group. Also, ACT workshops, I'm told, are among the most wrenching/satisfying out there. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cognitive Distortions Handouts

Many have taken a stab at a clean, simple, and easily understood cognitive distortions handout--some are listed below.

I'll add links as I come across them. Feel free to submit your own: therapyworksheets [at]

CBT Collection

Just added to the "Worksheets on the Web" sidebar, a nice collection of Cognitive Behavioral handouts, courtesy of Lynn Martin, a Berkeley psych department prof.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Support System

Linked here, "My Support System - Today and In the Future." Worksheet takes clients through their current and future, hoped-for support system in four areas: Family, Friends, Professionals, Others. Works well in dual diagnosis group--especially with clients with little-to-no current support (provided you normalize having little-to-no support).

Therapist may want to let each group member read answer, then prompt clients re how they might go about getting the wanted support--What are the steps? What are you looking for in a friend, sponsor, psychiatrist...? What are you looking to avoid?

DBT not just for BPD?

Running groups in a short-term inpatient site, I've gotten a lot of milage out of Marsha Linehan's Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. Intended for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, many, if not most, of the concepts and worksheets in the DBT manual work with clients with a wide array of diagnoses.

Particularly valuable are the Distress Tolerance Handouts, which offer simple, client-friendly coping skills for crisis situations, some mindfulness-based, some not. One example that lightens the mood: Using "opposite emotion" in a crisis by singing Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman." Hear clients roar.

Helen Reddy - I Am Woman

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Welcome to Therapy Worksheets

Coming soon, a full-service therapy worksheet sharing site. For now, here and below, a collection of published therapy workbooks covering the gamut: group, individual (adults, children, and teens), family, couples, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress reduction, anger management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness...and more.

Please come back soon. And, in the meantime, if you have worksheets you want to share with others, email them and we'll post them soon: therapyworksheets [at]

Thanks and enjoy.