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Adult Psychotherapy Homework Planner

Adult Psychotherapy Homework Planner

Arthur E. Jongsma Jr.

ISBN: 978-0-471-48833-0

May 2004

352 pages

Select type: E-Book



Help adult clients develop the skills they need to work through problems

The Adult Psychotherapy Homework Planner provides you with an array of ready-to-use, between-session assignments designed to fit virtually every therapeutic mode. This easy-to-use sourcebook features:
* 61 ready-to-copy exercises covering the most common issues encountered by adults in therapy
* A quick-reference format-the interactive assignments are grouped by behavioral problem, such as chemical dependence, grief, financial stress, and low self-esteem
* Expert guidance on how and when to make the most efficient use of the exercises
* Assignments that are cross-referenced to The Complete Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner, Third Edition-so you can quickly identify the right exercise for a given situation or behavioral problem
* A CD-ROM that contains all the exercises in a word-processing format-allowing you to customize them to suit you and your clients' unique styles and needs
PracticePlanner® Series Preface.



SECTION I—Anger Management.

Exercise I.A Alternatives to Destructive Anger.

Exercise I.B Anger Journal.

SECTION II—Antisocial Behavior.

Exercise II.A How I Have Hurt Others.

Exercise II.B Letter of Apology.


Exercise III.A Analyze the Probability of a Feared Event.

Exercise III.B Past Successful Anxiety Coping.

SECTION IV—Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)—Adult.

Exercise IV.A Symptoms and Fixes for ADD.

SECTION V—Borderline Personality.

Exercise V.A Journal and Replace Self-Defeating Thoughts.

Exercise V.B Plan Before Acting.

SECTION VI—Chemical Dependence.

Exercise VI.A Aftercare Plan Components.

Exercise VI.B Relapse Triggers.

Exercise VI.C Substance Abuse Negative Impact versus Sobriety’s Positive Impact.

SECTION VII—Chemical Dependence Relapse.

Exercise VII.A Relapse Symptom Line.

SECTION VIII—Childhood Trauma.

Exercise VIII.A Changing from Victim to Survivor.

Exercise VIII.B Feelings and Forgiveness Letter.

Section IX—Chronic Pain.

Exercise IX.A Pain and Stress Journal.

Section X—Dependency.

Exercise X.A Satisfying Unmet Emotional Needs.

Section XI—Depression.

Exercise XI.A Identify and Schedule Pleasant Activities.

Exercise XI.B Negative Thoughts Trigger Negative Feelings.

Exercise XI.C Positive Self-Talk.

Section XII—Eating Disorder.

Exercise XII.A A Reality Journal: Food, Weight, Thoughts, and Feelings.

Exercise XII.B How Fear Controls My Eating.

Section XIII—Family Conflict.

Exercise XIII.A Applying Problem-Solving to Interpersonal Conflict.

Exercise XIII.B A Structured Parenting Plan.

Section XIV—Female Sexual Dysfunction.

Exercise XIV.A Factors Influencing Negative Sexual Attitudes.

Exercise XIV.B Study Your Body: Clothed and Unclothed.

Section XV—Financial Stress.

Exercise XV.A Plan a Budget.

Section XVI—Grief/Loss Unresolved.

Exercise XVI.A Creating a Memorial Collage.

Exercise XVI.B Dear ______: A Letter to a Lost Loved One.

Section XVII—Impulse Control Disorder.

Exercise XVII.A Impulsive Behavior Journal.

Section XVIII—Intimate Relationship Conflicts.

Exercise XVIII.A How Can We Meet Each Other’s Needs and Desires?

Exercise XVIII.B Positive and Negative Contributions to the Relationship: Mine and Yours.

Section XIX—Low Self-Esteem.

Exercise XIX.A Acknowledging My Strengths.

Exercise XIX.B Replacing Fears with Positive Messages.

Section XX—Male Sexual Dysfunction.

Exercise XX.A Journaling the Response to Nondemand, Sexual Pleasuring (Sensate Focus).

Section XXI—Mania or Hypomania.

Exercise XXI.A Recognizing the Negative Consequences of Impulsive Behavior.

Exercise XXI.B What Are My Good Qualities?

Exercise XXI.C Why I Dislike Taking My Medication.

Section XXII—Medical Issues.

Exercise XXII.A How I Feel about My Medical Treatment.

Exercise XXII.B The Impact of My Illness.

Section XXIII—Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Exercise XXIII.A Making Use of the Thought-Stopping Technique.

Exercise XXIII.B Reducing the Strength of Compulsive Behaviors.

Section XXIV—Parenting.

Exercise XXIV.A Learning to Parent as a Team.

Exercise XXIV.B Using Reinforcement Principles in Parenting.

Section XXV—Phase-of-Life Problems.

Exercise XXV.A What Needs to Be Changed in My Life?

Exercise XXV.B What’s Good about Me and My Life?

Section XXVI—Phobia-Panic/Agoraphobia.

Exercise XXVI.A Four Ways to Reduce Fear.

Exercise XXVI.B Gradually Reducing Your Phobic Fear.

Exercise XXVI.C Monitoring My Panic Attack Experiences.

Section XXVII—Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Exercise XXVII.A How the Trauma Affects Me.

Exercise XXVII.B Share the Painful Memory.

Section XXVIII—Psychoticism.

Exercise XXVIII.A What Do You Hear and See?

Section XXIX—Sexual Abuse.

Exercise XXIX.A A Blaming Letter and a Forgiving Letter to Perpetrator.

Exercise XXIX.B Picturing the Place of the Abuse.

Section XXX—Sexual Identity Confusion.

Exercise XXX.A Journal of Sexual Thoughts, Fantasies, Conflicts.

Exercise XXX.B To Whom and How to Reveal My Homosexuality.

Section XXXI—Sleep Disturbance.

Exercise XXXI.A Sleep Pattern Record.

Section XXXII—Social Discomfort.

Exercise XXXII.A Restoring Socialization Comfort.

Section XXXIII—Somatization.

Exercise XXXIII.A Controlling the Focus on Physical Problems.

Section XXXIV— Suicidal Ideation.

Exercise XXXIV.A Journal of Distorted, Negative Thoughts.

Exercise XXXIV.B The Aftermath of Suicide.

Appendix: Alternate Assignments for Presenting Problems.

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