Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Anger
In this post, I provide seven worksheets to help children learn about their anger and find solutions for it. It follows a CBT format similar to others in this series; check them out. I designed these simple worksheets to use in combination with other resources I devised – you will find links below.
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 Anger Worksheets
The worksheets are designed to explore and address the following factors:
*Ability to identify, recall and describe episodes of anger
*Ability to identify, and alter, automatic negative thoughts that contribute to angry emotions.
*Ability to identify and modify bodily manifestations of anger
*Ability to identify and modify words and actions associated with anger
How to use the worksheets:
Worksheet 1: Draw your anger face and describe what happened
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 angry episode to others.
Worksheet 2: Identifying automatic negative thoughts that led to the anger. I strongly suggest you use two of my resources listed below to introduce this worksheet: CBT Visual Tutorial and CBT Thought Bubble Cards.
Worksheet 3: What you said and did when you were angry. 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 angry body.”
Worksheet 5: Dealing with my angry 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, going away from the scene of conflict to a quiet place, listening to Ipad, taking a walk.
Here are links to other free resources to use in conjunction with this activity:
Joel Shaul, LCSW