Wiley PracticePlanners (R) Series Preface xv Acknowledgments xvii Introduction 1 Section 1: Anger Control Problems 4 Exercise 1.A Alternatives to Destructive Anger 5 Exercise 1.B Anger Journal 9 Exercise 1.C Assertive Communication of Anger 12 Section 2: Antisocial Behavior 15 Exercise 2.A How I Have Hurt Others 16 Exercise 2.B Letter of Apology 19 Exercise 2.C Three Acts of Kindness 21 Section 3: Anxiety 22 Exercise 3.A Analyze the Probability of a Feared Event 23 Exercise 3.B Past Successful Anxiety Coping 26 Exercise 3.C Worry Time 29 Section 4: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)-Adult 31 Exercise 4.A Problem-Solving: An Alternative to Impulsive Action 32 Exercise 4.B Self-Monitoring/Self-Reward Program 36 Exercise 4.C Symptoms and Fixes for ADD 40 Section 5: Bipolar-Depression 43 Exercise 5.A Early Warning Signs of Depression 44 Exercise 5.B Identifying and Handling Triggers 47 Section 6: Bipolar-Mania 51 Exercise 6.A Keeping a Daily Rhythm 53 Exercise 6.B Recognizing the Negative Consequences of Impulsive Behavior 59 Exercise 6.C What Are My Good Qualities? 63 Exercise 6.D Why I Dislike Taking My Medication 67 Section 7: Borderline Personality 69 Exercise 7.A Journal and Replace Self-Defeating Thoughts 70 Exercise 7.B Plan Before Acting 77 Section 8: Childhood Trauma 79 Exercise 8.A Changing From Victim to Survivor 80 Exercise 8.B Deep Breathing Exercise 84 Exercise 8.C Feelings and Forgiveness Letter 87 Section 9: Chronic Pain 90 Exercise 9.A Pain and Stress Journal 91 Section 10: Cognitive Deficits 93 Exercise 10.A Memory Aid-Personal Information Organizer 94 Exercise 10.B Memory Enhancement Techniques 99 Section 11: Dependency 102 Exercise 11.A Making Your Own Decisions 103 Exercise 11.B Satisfying Unmet Emotional Needs 105 Exercise 11.C Taking Steps Toward Independence 109 Section 12: Dissociation 111 Exercise 12.A Describe the Trauma 112 Exercise 12.B Staying Focused on the Present Reality 115 Section 13: Eating Disorders and Obesity 117 Exercise 13.A A Reality Journal: Food, Weight, Thoughts, and Feelings 118 Exercise 13.B How Fears Control My Eating 125 Section 14: Educational Deficits 128 Exercise 14.A My Academic and Vocational Strengths 129 Exercise 14.B The Advantages of Education 132 Section 15: Family Conflict 134 Exercise 15.A Applying Problem Solving to Interpersonal Conflict 135 Exercise 15.B A Structured Parenting Plan 138 Section 16: Female Sexual Dysfunction 141 Exercise 16.A Factors Influencing Negative Sexual Attitudes 142 Exercise 16.B Study Your Body: Clothed and Unclothed 146 Section 17: Financial Stress 149 Exercise 17.A Plan a Budget 150 Section 18: Grief/Loss Unresolved 153 Exercise 18.A Creating a Memorial Collage 154 Exercise 18.B Dear _______________: A Letter to a Lost Loved One 157 Section 19: Impulse Control Disorder 160 Exercise 19.A Impulsive Behavior Journal 161 Section 20: Intimate Relationship Conflicts 164 Exercise 20.A How Can We Meet Each Other's Needs and Desires? 165 Exercise 20.B Positive and Negative Contributions to the Relationship: Mine and Yours 170 Section 21: Legal Conflicts 172 Exercise 21.A Accept Responsibility for Illegal Behavior 173 Exercise 21.B Crooked Thinking Leads to Crooked Behavior 176 Section 22: Low Self-Esteem 178 Exercise 22.A Acknowledging My Strengths 179 Exercise 22.B Replacing Fears With Positive Messages 182 Section 23: Male Sexual Dysfunction 185 Exercise 23.A Journaling the Response to Nondemand, Sexual Pleasuring (Sensate Focus) 186 Section 24: Medical Issues 191 Exercise 24.A How I Feel About My Medical Treatment 192 Exercise 24.B The Impact of My Illness 195 Section 25: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 197 Exercise 25.A Interrupting Your Obsessions/Compulsions 198 Exercise 25.B Making Use of the Thought-Stopping Technique 202 Exercise 25.C Reducing the Strength of Compulsive Behaviors 206 Section 26: Panic/Agoraphobia 210 Exercise 26.A Coping Card 211 Exercise 26.B Monitoring My Panic Attack Experiences 214 Section 27: Paranoid Ideation 216 Exercise 27.A Check Suspicions Against Reality 217 Section 28: Parenting 219 Exercise 28.A Learning to Parent as a Team 220 Exercise 28.B The Two Sides of Parenting 224 Exercise 28.C Using Reinforcement Principles in Parenting 228 Section 29: Phase of Life Problems 231 Exercise 29.A What Needs to Be Changed in My Life? 232 Exercise 29.B What's Good About Me and My Life? 235 Section 30: Phobia 237 Exercise 30.A Four Ways to Reduce Fear 238 Exercise 30.B Gradually Reducing Your Phobic Fear 242 Section 31: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 245 Exercise 31.A How the Trauma Affects Me 246 Exercise 31.B Share the Painful Memory 249 Section 32: Psychoticism 252 Exercise 32.A What Do You Hear and See? 253 Section 33: Sexual Abuse Victim 255 Exercise 33.A A Blaming Letter and a Forgiving Letter to Perpetrator 256 Exercise 33.B Picturing the Place of the Abuse 259 Section 34: Sexual Identity Confusion 261 Exercise 34.A Journal of Sexual Thoughts, Fantasies, Conflicts 262 Exercise 34.B To Whom and How to Reveal My Homosexuality 269 Section 35: Sleep Disturbance 272 Exercise 35.A Sleep Pattern Record 273 Section 36: Social Anxiety 276 Exercise 36.A Becoming Assertive 277 Exercise 36.B Restoring Socialization Comfort 281 Section 37: Somatization 283 Exercise 37.A Controlling the Focus on Physical Problems 284 Section 38: Spiritual Confusion 287 Exercise 38.A My History of Spirituality 288 Exercise 38.B Your Spiritual Inheritance Inventory 291 Section 39: Substance Use 295 Exercise 39.A Aftercare Plan Components 296 Exercise 39.B Identifying Relapse Triggers and Cues 300 Exercise 39.C Relapse Prevention Planning 305 Exercise 39.D Relapse Triggers 309 Exercise 39.E Substance Abuse's Negative Impact Versus Sobriety's Positive Impact 312 Section 40: Suicidal Ideation 316 Exercise 40.A Journal of Distorted, Negative Thoughts 317 Exercise 40.B No Self-Harm Contract 321 Exercise 40.C Strategies to Resist Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings 324 Exercise 40.D The Aftermath of Suicide 327 Section 41: Type A Behavior 330 Exercise 41.A Developing Noncompetitive Values 331 Section 42: Unipolar Depression 333 Exercise 42.A Identify and Schedule Pleasant Activities 334 Exercise 42.B Negative Thoughts Trigger Negative Feelings 337 Exercise 42.C Positive Self-Talk 342 Section 43: Vocational Stress 344 Exercise 43.A A Vocational Action Plan 345 Appendix A: Alternate Assignments for Presenting Problems 347 Appendix B: Alphabetical Index of Exercises 358 About the Downloadable Assignments 361
ARTHUR E. JONGSMA, JR., PHD, is the Series Editor for the bestselling PracticePlanners (R). Since 1971, he has provided professional mental health services to both inpatient and outpatient clients. He was the founder and Director of Psychological Consultants, a group private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for twenty-five years. He is the author or coauthor of over fifty books and conducts training workshops for mental health professionals around the world.