Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Upsetting Emotions
In this post, I provide seven worksheets to help children explore various upsetting emotions and begin to develop ways to cope with them. These worksheets follow a CBT format similar to others in this series, except I left blanks for children to fill in their own emotion words. I designed these simple worksheets to use in combination with other resources I devised – you will find links below.
I designed this series of worksheets to use with children who have high functioning autism, but they are suitable for use with typical children as well.
How to print out these worksheets:
Follow the following link to access the download page which allows you to download these worksheets and 30 others. Click HERE.
To preview the worksheets, please scroll down farther in this post.
The purpose of the CBT Worksheets
The worksheets are designed to explore and address the following factors:
*Ability to identify, name, recall and describe episodes of upsetting emotions
*Ability to identify, and alter, automatic negative thoughts that contribute to the emotion
*Ability to identify and modify bodily manifestations of upsetting emotion
*Ability to identify and modify words and actions associated with the upsetting emotion
How to use the worksheets:
Worksheet 1: Draw your upset face and describe what happened. Here, it will be useful to list or name a number of emotion words for children to consider.
For many children, up to and including teens, drawing the emotion on the face facilitates reflection. If you are working in a group or a classroom, the drawings can help children give an account of their upset feelings to other children.
Worksheet 2: Identifying automatic negative thoughts that led to the emotion. I strongly suggest you use two of my resources listed below to introduce this worksheet: CBT Visual Tutorial and CBT Thought Bubble Cards. This will help you to establish the connection between automatic negative thoughts and upsetting emotions.
Worksheet 3: What you said and did when you were upset. A way to get this going is to ask, “If there had been a video camera filming you, what would the video show? What words would it show?
Worksheet 4: Body outline. Some children, particularly those with ASD, may find exploring this difficult in a conventional counseling Q & A format. The body outline helps to enable reflection. You can modify this by having children use colors, or by offering them blank paper to “draw your upset body.”
Worksheet 5: Dealing with my upset thoughts. This is the counterpart to worksheet 2. Again, this will will go best if you first introduce the resources I named above.
Worksheet 6: This is the counterpart to worksheet 3
Worksheet 7: This is the counterpart to worksheet 4. Some possible therapeutic activities to suggest, teach and rehearse here are relaxation breathing, muscle relaxation, , listening to Ipod, taking a walk.
The best tool I have available to help children learn about CBT is to view one or more of the CBT YouTube videos I have carefully prepared. Here is a link to the first video. Click on it to check it out.
Here are links to numerous other free resources to use in conjunction with this activity.
Joel Shaul, LCSW