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Family Therapy Homework Planner, Second Edition

Family Therapy Homework Planner, Second Edition

Louis J. Bevlilacqua, Frank M. Dattilio

ISBN: 978-0-470-50439-0

Jul 2010

264 pages

Select type: Paperback

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Features new and updated assignments and exercises to meet the changing needs of mental health professionals

The Family Therapy Homework Planner, Second Edition 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:

  • New and updated homework assignments consistent with evidence-based therapies and grouped by presenting problems including adoption, communication issues, interracial family problems, sexual abuse, and school concerns

  • 78 ready-to-copy exercises covering the most common issues encountered by families in therapy, such as family-of-origin interference, depression in family members, divorce, financial conflict, adolescent and parent conflicts, traumatic life events, and dependency issues

  • Expert guidance on how and when to make the most efficient use of the exercises

  • Assignments that are cross-referenced to The Family Therapy Treatment Planner, Second Edition—so you can quickly identify the right exercise for a given situation or problem

  • A download code 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

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PracticePlanners® Series Preface.



SECTION I Activity/Family Imbalance.

Exercise I.A: When Can We Be Together?

SECTION II Addictions.

Exercise II.A: How Much Does It Cost?

Exercise II.B: Staying Clean.

Exercise II.C: What Else Can I Do?

Exercise II.D: Keeping Busy.

Section III Adoption.

Exercise III.A: This Is How I Feel.

Exercise III.B: My Safe Place.

SECTION IV Anger Management.

Exercise IV.A: Is It Passive, Aggressive, or Assertive?

Exercise IV.B: Why Am I So Angry.

Exercise IV.C: What Happens When I Get Angry.

Exercise IV.D: I Don’t Have Any Bruises But I Still Hurt.

Exercise IV.E: Go Blow Out Some Candles.

SECTION V Anxiety.

Exercise V.A: It’s Us Against Anxiety.

Exercise V.B: My/Our Daughter Is Afraid To Go To School.

Exercise V.C: When I Feel Anxious It Is Like… .

Exercise V.D: My Mother’s Anxiety Makes Me Feel… .

SECTION VI Behavioral Problems in Children and Adolescents.

Exercise VI.A: My Child Just Won’t Listen.

Exercise VI.B: Acting As If.

Exercise VI.C: We Have to Have Some Kind of Agreement.

Exercise VI.D: Charting Our Course.


Exercise VII.A: My Mom Just Won’t Stay on Her Medication.


Exercise VIII.A: What Do I Say? What Can I Say?

Exercise VIII.B: Don’t Look at Me, Ask Him.

Exercise VIII.C: The Blaming Jar.

Exercise VIII.D: What’s My Job?

SECTION IX Blended Families.

Exercise IX.A: I Don’t Like It When You… .

Exercise IX.B: I Have Too Many Parents.

Exercise IX.C: We Need to Agree.

SECTION X Communication Problems.

Exercise X.A: How Can I Talk So He’ll Listen?

Exercise X.B: Everything Is Always Negative In Our House.

SECTION XI Death/Loss Issues.

Exercise XI.A: Remember When...

Exercise XI.B: Until We Meet Again, Love.

Exercise XI.C: The Questions, Feelings, Comments/Concerns Game.

SECTION XII Dependency.

Exercise XII.A: Dependency Go Away.

SECTION XIII Depression.

Exercise XIII.A: Do I Have To Be Depressed?

Exercise XIII.B: My Positive Script.

Exercise XIII.C: Someone in My Family Is Depressed.

Exercise XIII.D: What Am I Thinking When I Am Depressed?

Exercise XIII.E: What Do Others Value About Me?

Exercise XIII.F: My/Our Daughter is Depressed.

SECTION XIV Disengagement/Loss of Family Cohesion.

Exercise XIV.A: Circles of Perception.

SECTION XV Eating Disorders.

Exercise XV.A: I Need To Get Control.

Exercise XV.B: What Am I Thinking?

Exercise XV.C: Why Is She Doing This?

SECTION XVI Estranged Family Members.

Exercise XVI.A: We’re No Longer Speaking To One Another.

Exercise XVI.B: I Miss You.

SECTION XVII Family Business Conflicts.

Exercise XVII.A: A Changing of the Guard.

Exercise XVII.B: Who Is Doing What?

SECTION XVIII Family of Origin Interference.

Exercise XVIII.A: Thanks, But No Thanks.

Exercise XVIII.B: How Can I Tell Her to Mind Her Own Business?

SECTION XIX Foster Care.

Exercise XIX.A: I Want To Go Home.

SECTION XX Geographic Relocation.

Exercise XX.A: We’re Moving.

Exercise XX.B: Should We or Should We Not?

SECTION XXI Inheritance Disputes.

Exercise XXI.A: He Always Did Like You Best.

SECTION XXII Interracial Family Problems.

Exercise XXII.A: They’re Calling Me a Half-Breed.

SECTION XXIII Intolerance/Defensiveness.

Exercise XXIII.A: Before and After.

Exercise XXIII.B: Why Can’t You Understand My Side For Once? Part I.

Exercise XXIII.C: Why Can’t You Understand My Side For Once? Part II.

SECTION XXIV Jealousy/Insecurity.

Exercise XXIV.A: I Don’t Have To Be Jealous Or Insecure Anymore.

Exercise XXIV.B: I Am Not Jealous.

SECTION XXV Life-Threatening/Chronic Illness.

Exercise XXV.A: Johnny Has Leukemia.

SECTION XXVI Multiple-Birth Dilemmas.

Exercise XXVI.A: With Seven You Get an Eggroll.

Exercise XXVI.B: How Are We Going to Do This?

SECTION XXVII Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Exercise XXVII.A: Knowing What to Expect.

SECTION XXVIII Physical Disabilities.

Exercise XXVIII.A: Why Is Dad in Bed All Day?

SECTION XXIX Physical/Verbal/Psychological Abuse.

Exercise XXIX.A: What Is Okay and What Is Not Okay?

SECTION XXX Religious/Spiritual Conflicts.

Exercise XXX.A: I Don’t Know What to Believe in Anymore.

SECTION XXXI Schizophrenia.

Exercise XXXI.A: My Brother Hears Voices.

SECTION XXXII School Problems.

Exercise XXXII.A: My Teenager Is Truant.

SECTION XXXIII Separation/Divorce.

Exercise XXXIII.A: My Parents Are Getting a Divorce.


Exercise XXXIV.A: I Will Be a Survivor!

Exercise XXXIV.B: Getting It Out.

Exercise XXXIV.C: I Gotta Stop Thinking This Way.

Exercise XXXIV.D: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words.

SECTION XXXV Sexual Preferences.

Exercise XXXV.A: I Am Still Danny.

SECTION XXXVI Suicide Attempts.

Exercise XXXVI.A: I Want Things to Get Better.

Exercise XXXVI.B: Creating a Positive Outlook.

SECTION XXXVII Unwanted/Unplanned Pregnancies.

Exercise XXXVII.A: Honey, Guess What?


About the Authors.

About the CD-ROM.