Divorce

Being a teen is hard enough. Adding a parent’s divorce can be incredibly difficult. Between Sessions has developed therapy activities for teens who are experiencing a divorce in their life. Along with our therapeutic activities for teens, we offer a divorce worksheet selection, games, handouts, and more. Download the resources you need, and be sure to check out our divorce therapy activities for adults, too.

Increasing Positive Feelings — This worksheet is designed to evoke positive feelings and simultaneously demonstrate that you can “change the channel” on your emotions. PDF (0216, depression, CBT, positive psychology)

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Comparing Points of View — This form is designed to help people see that other's may have a different point of view when they are upset. Form Type: PDF

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Developing Flexible and Compassionate Thinking — This worksheet is designed to help people consider how they think about others. It is designed to help people see that flexible and compassionate thinking can improve their relationships as well as their own self-image. The assessment asks them to rate 20 questions on a 5-point scale. A score under 75 suggests the need for people to work on being more flexible and compassionate towards others. PDF (DBT, 0616, CBT).

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Daily Gratitude — This mini-poster can be used to help remind people of the importance of gratitude in their lives. PDF

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How Do You Want to Be Treated? — This worksheet is designed to help people think about how others can help them with their psychological problems. The worksheet asks them to think about both the things that they want from others as well as the things they don’t want. (depression, social skills, communication, 0417)

Practicing Self-Calming and Self-Caring Techniques — This worksheet is designed to encourage people to practice both self-care and self-calming techniques on a daily basis. The worksheet lists types of techniques are effective in each category and includes a form to record the use of these techniques for 21 days (the time it takes to form a habit). (PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, 0217)

Creating A Better Day — This worksheet is designed to help depressed clients become more active. The first page asks the user to think of various meaningful activities that they enjoy doing. The second page asks the user to schedule at least two activities to do each day for a week. (depression, CBT, 0217)

Thinking About Divorce — This worksheet is intended to help teens think about the improvements that divorce can bring along with the difficulties. It can help teens accept the reality of the divorce. (1016)

Loving Kindness Meditation — This worksheet is designed to teach people the technique of Loving Kindness Meditation. Research suggests that this simple meditation can have a long term effect on people’s happiness. PDF (ACT, meditation, happiness, depression, 0616)

How Do You Deal with Emotional Pain? — This worksheet can be used to help people record the thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories that caused them emotional pain as well as to note what behavioral responses are triggered and whether these were positive or negative. PDF (0316, DBT, Emotional Regulation)

Take A Break From Stress — Take a vacation from stress and dedicate just one day to living “stress free.” Sometimes this is harder than you think! At the end of the day, think about how you were able to create stress-free time, and how you can apply this to your normal life. Stress is a normal part of life and learning to control and cope with stress is an important part of good mental health. PDF

Tell The World! — This worksheet is designed to help people think about what is really important for them to communicate to others. It asks people to design a billboard for the world to see and to identify one specific person they want to read it. PDF (0316, art therapy, communication)

Building Your Support System — This worksheet is designed to help people think about the people in their support system and the kinds of support they might be missing. PDF (0116)

Focusing On Solutions — This worksheet will help you start thinking about how you solved problems in the past and how your life can be better today when you make even small changes. Focusing on solutions, rather than dwelling on your problem, can open many new possibilities. PDF (solution oriented therapy, problem solving, positive attitude, 0116)

You Decide-Fork In The Road — This worksheet is designed to help people consider the merits of important decisions. PDF (quick,1015)

Make a Movie of Your Life — This worksheet is designed to help people think about and communicate important aspects of their self-image. The worksheet asks a people to name a movie about their life and draw a picture of the most important scene. PDF (quick, Narrative Therapy, 1015)

Be Aware of Your Strengths — This worksheet is designed to help people see how their character strengths can be important in seeing solutions to daily problems. PDF (ACT, 1015)

Take A Step Toward Something That Scares You — This form can help people see that they don’t have to avoid the things that scare them. The best way to conquer a fear is to approach it in small steps. Form Type: PDF (Anxiety, Quick, 0915)

The Miracle Question — This worksheet asks people to think about how their lives would change if a miracle happened and their most pressing problems no longer existed. This exercise can be the start of a conversation to help people see ways to live without being overwhelmed by problems. PDF. (Solution Focused Therapy, quick, 0915)

Create A Mandala — This simple art therapy exercise can help people get in touch with the feelings and can be used with clients to start a conversation about their self-image. Many therapists use this activity as part of a healing process. (Art Therapy, quick, 0815)

Prescriptions For Happiness — You can use this worksheet to create a prescription pad of simple research-based assignments that are associated with increased happiness and a positive attitude. PDF (behavior assignments, quick, 0815)

Write A Letter To Your Problem — This Narrative Therapy technique is designed to help people externalize a specific problem and motivate them to develop new behaviors to help overcome it. (Narrative Therapy, Quick, 0815)

Take A Break — This worksheet encourages people to take a day off from their stress and dedicate that one day to relaxing. Form Type: PDF (Quick, Solution Focused)

What Are Your Positive Psychological Skills? — This worksheet is designed to help people see their positive psychological skills and apply them to their current mental health issues. Form Type: PDF (0815, Solution Focused)

Do Something Different — This simple behavior assignment can help people who feel they are stuck in unhealthy patterns. Form Type: PDF (0815, quick assignment)

Scribble Your Feelings — This simple assignment can help people get in touch with their feelings. PDF (0815, art therapy)

Understanding Your Emotions When You Are Upset — This worksheet is designed to help people understand their emotions when they are upset and learn positive coping techniques to handle difficult emotions. Form Type: PDF (0715)

Asking for What You Want & Need — This worksheet is designed to help people think about how assertive they are when they ask for something. Form Type: PDF (DBT, 0615)

Feeling Better Through Spiritual Awareness — This worksheet is designed to help individuals who wish to bring spirituality into their lives as a way to help them with emotional problems and enrich their day-to-day lives. Type: PDF (0515)

Looking At the BIg Picture — This worksheet is designed to help people put their problems into perspective. The worksheet takes an art therapy approach, asking people to draw their small problems in little frames and the important things in their lives in the big frame. This worksheet can be a good opening to introduce a discussion about values. Type: PDF (0215)

Coping Strategies For Recovering From A Break-Up — This worksheet presents strategies to help people recovering from the break-up of a relationship and encourages them to come up with their own coping techniques. File Type: PDF (0215)

Accepting Unpleasant Experiences — This worksheet, derived from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), is designed to help people accept unpleasant internal experiences, and not use them as an excuse to avoid life-affirming situations. Type: PDF (1114)

If the Problem Were A TV Show — This worksheet is a Narrative Therapy technique which can be used to help clients get more perspective on their presenting problem and see that they have the power to change their “life story" Type: PDF (1114)

The Tree of LIfe — This exercise is designed to help clients communicate positive aspects about their lives. The technique is derived from Narrative Therapy. Type: PDF (1114) Type: PDF

How Do You Deal With Conflicts? — This short questionnaire gives clients the opportunity to identify their behaviors and attitudes as assertive, aggressive, passive, or passive-aggressive, and provides some information about conflict strategies. File Type: PDF

Solving Problems With Reverse Brainstorming — This form can be used to help clients who are “stuck” in a particular situation and can’t seem to find any appropriate solution to a problem or challenge. It can be used with individuals, but any kind of brainstorming is generally most productive in a group situation.PDF

Happiness Habit Worksheet — This worksheet can be used to help clients keep to a 21-day program of activities which are known to stimulate the biochemical associated with a positive mood. (View & Print)

What I Need & Want From My Divorced Parents — This form can be used with children whose parents are divorcing to help them express their needs. Copies can be given to both parents, or it can be used as an exercise in individual or group counseling.PDF

Creating A Gratitude Journal — This research based form can be used to treat mild-depression and help people through difficult times. Form Type: PDF

Identifying Emotional Abuse — This worksheet is designed to help people identify emotional abuse in their own behavior or the behavior of others. PDF

How to Take a Time Out When Arguing — This worksheet is designed to help people know when arguing is unproductive and they need to take a time-out.

Trusting Too Much or Too Little — This worksheet is designed to help people learn about their "style" of trusting others in different relationships.PDF

Making Positive Statements About Yourself — This worksheet encourages people to make positive statements about themselves. Form Type:PDF

Emotions Below The Tip of The Iceberg — This worksheet is designed to help people identify emotions that they hide from others. Form Type: PDF

Changing Faulty Assumptions In Your Relationship — This worksheet is designed to help people see that unrealistic assumptions can interfere with a positive relationships. Form Type: PDF

Asking For and Giving Forgiveness — This worksheet helps clients think about the importance of forgiveness in their relationships. (Form Type PDF)

Handling Frustration — This worksheet is designed to help people gain some perspective on how they react to frustration. PDF

Managing Disagreements — This worksheet teaches some basic rules about handling disagreements with others. PDF

Communicating Without Anger — This worksheet asks people to rate themselves on how well they use 9 basic communication skills. Form Type: PDF

Saying How You Feel — This worksheet teaches people to state their feelings clearly using "I" statements. PDF

Rules for Better Communication — This worksheet will help people develop better rules for communicating. PDF

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