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Child Psychotherapy Homework Planner

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2023-04-11
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Beneficial take-home assignments for young psychotherapy clients and their parents

The Child Psychotherapy Homework Planner, Sixth Edition provides ready-to-use, between-session assignments designed to fit most therapeutic modes. Organized by presenting problem, this homework planner covers 36 issues, including anxiety, depression, adoption, academic underachievement, ADHD, low self-esteem, and PTSD. In this new edition, the homework assignments have been modified to be more accessible to children. Assignment sheets can be easily photocopied, and they are also available online to download and print—making client-specific modification simple. This easy-to-use sourcebook features:

  • Nearly 100 ready-to-copy exercises covering the most common issues encountered by children
  • A format that’s easy to navigate, including cross-references to alternate assignments that are relevant across multiple presentations
  • Expert guidance on how and when to make the most efficient use of the exercises
  • Clearly referenced correspondence with the The Child Psychotherapy Treatment Planner for a complete treatment approach

The Child Psychotherapy Homework Planner is a high-quality resource that practitioners can use to improve care and accountability. This is a valuable planner that will save therapists time on office work so they can focus on patients.

Author Biography

ARTHUR E. JONGSMA, Jr., PhD, is Series Editor of the bestselling PracticePlanners®. He has over five decades experience providing mental health services to inpatient and outpatient clients. He has authored or co-authored over fifty books.

L. MARK PETERSON, ACSW, retired Program Manager for Bethany Christian Services Residential Treatment and Family Counseling programs in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

WILLIAM P. McINNIS, PsyD, is a private practitioner with Aspen Psychological Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is co-author of the Adolescent Psychotherapy Treatment Planner.

TIMOTHY J. BRUCE, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Table of Contents

About the Downloadable Assignments

Wiley PracticePlanners® Series Preface   xv

Acknowledgments            xvii

Introduction                      1

SECTION 1—Academic Underachievement             4

Exercise 1.A        Establish a Homework Routine   5

Exercise 1.B        Positive Self-Statements               9

Exercise 1.C        Reading Adventure          11

SECTION 2—Adoption                    14

Exercise 2.A        Questions and Concerns About Being Adopted    15

Exercise 2.B        Some Things I Would Like You to Know About Me             17

SECTION 3—Anger Control Problems       20

Exercise 3.A        Anger Control    21

Exercise 3.B        Child Anger Checklist      29

Exercise 3.C        The Lesson of Salmon Rock . . . Fighting Leads to Loneliness          32

SECTION 4—Anxiety                                      37

Exercise 4.A        An Anxious Story              38

Exercise 4.B        Deep Breathing Exercise               41

Exercise 4.C        Finding and Losing Your Anxiety 44

Exercise 4.D        Worry Time        48

SECTION 5— Reactive Attachment/Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder         50

Exercise 5.A        Attachment Survey          51

Exercise 5.B        Building Relationships     54

SECTION 6—Attention-¬Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)     56

Exercise 6.A        Getting It Done  57

Exercise 6.B        Problem-Solving Exercise              62

Exercise 6.C        Social Skills Exercise        66

Exercise 6.D        Reasons for Negative Attention-Seeking Behaviors

SECTION 7—Autism Spectrum Disorder   69

Exercise 7.A        Initial Reaction to Diagnosis of Autism     70

Exercise 7.B        Reaction to Change and Excessive Stimulation     73

SECTION 8—Blended Family        76

Exercise 8.A        Blended Family Sentence Completion      77

Exercise 8.B        Interviewing My New Family Member     81

Exercise 8.C        Thoughts and Feelings About Parent’s Live-¬In Partner    85

SECTION 9—Bullying/Aggression Perpetrator       88

Exercise 9.A        Apology Letter for Bullying           89

Exercise 9.B        Bullying Incident Report 92

SECTION 10—Bullying/Aggression Victim

SECTION 11—Conduct Disorder/Delinquency        94

Exercise 10.A      Building Empathy             95

Exercise 10.B      Childhood Patterns of Stealing    100

Exercise 10.C      Concerns About Parent’s Drug or Alcohol Problem             104

Exercise 10.D     Risk Factors Leading to Child Behavior Problems 108

SECTION 12—Depression                             110

Exercise 11.A      Childhood Depression Survey      111

Exercise 11.B      Replace Negative Thoughts With Positive Self-Talk            114

Exercise 11.C      Surface Behavior/Inner Feelings 116

Exercise 11.D     Three Ways to Change the World              120

SECTION 13—Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Exercise 12.A      Finding Ways to Get Positive Attention    123

Exercise 12.B      Practice Being Mindful [New]

Exercise 12.C      Let’s Go STOP [New]


SECTION 14—Divorce Reaction   130

Exercise 13.A      Feelings and Faces Game              131

Exercise 13.B      My Thoughts and Feelings About My Parents’ Divorce     135

SECTION 15—Enuresis/Encopresis             137

Exercise 14.A      Bladder Retention Training Program        138

Exercise 14.B      Bowel Control Training Program 142

Exercise 14.C      Dry Bed Training Program            149

SECTION 16—Fire Setting             152

Exercise 15.A      Fireproofing Your Home and Family         153

Exercise 15.B      When a Fire Has No Fuel               156

SECTION 17: Gender Dysphoria

Exercise 16.A      I Want to Be Like . . .       ###

Exercise 16.B      Exploring the Growth of My Gender Identity ###

Exercise 16.C      My Gender Identity ###


SECTION 18—Grief/Loss Unresolved        164

Exercise 17.A      Create a Memory Album               165

Exercise 17.B      Grief Letter         167

Exercise 17.C      Petey’s Journey Through Sadness              171

SECTION 19—Intellectual Development Disorder               177

Exercise 18.A      Activities of Daily Living Program              178

Exercise 18.B      A Sense of Belonging      183

SECTION 20—Low Self-¬Esteem 186

Exercise 19.A      Dixie Overcomes Her Fears          187

Exercise 19.B      Learn From Your Mistakes            194

Exercise 19.C      Symbols of Self-¬Worth 197

Exercise 19.D     Three Ways to Change Yourself  200

Exercise 19.E      Three Wishes Game        203

SECTION 21—Lying/Manipulative              204

Exercise 20.A      Bad Choice—Lying to Cover Up Another Lie          205

Exercise 20.B      The Value of Honesty      209

Exercise 20.C      Truthful/Lying Incident Reports  215

SECTION 22—Medical Condition               217

Exercise 21.A      Dealing with Childhood Asthma  218

Exercise 21.B      Gaining Acceptance of Physical Handicap or Illness            223

SECTION 23—Obsessive-¬Compulsive Disorder (OCD)      226

Exercise 22.A      Concerns, Feelings, and Hopes About OCD            227

Exercise 22.B      Refocusing          230

Exercise 22.C      Ritual Exposure and Response Prevention             233

SECTION 24—Oppositional Defiant          237

Exercise 23.A      Filing a Complaint            238

Exercise 23.B      If I Could Run My Family               241

Exercise 23.C      Share a Family Meal        245

Exercise 23.D     Switching From Defense to Offense         251

SECTION 25—Overweight/Obesity             254

Exercise 24.A      Developing and Implementing a Healthier Diet    255

Exercise 24.B      Increasing My Physical Activity    260

Exercise 24.C      My Eating and Exercise Journal   264

SECTION 26—Parenting                 267

Exercise 25.A      Being a Consistent Parent             268

Exercise 25.B      Picking Your Battles         272

SECTION 27—Peer/Sibling Conflict           274

Exercise 26.A      Joseph, His “Amazing Technicolor Coat,” and More           275

Exercise 26.B      Negotiating a Peace Treaty          279

SECTION 28—Physical/Emotional Abuse Victim   281

Exercise 27.A      Letter of Empowerment 282

Exercise 27.B      My Thoughts and Feelings            286

SECTION 29—Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)           288

Exercise 28.A      Finding My Triggers         289

Exercise 28.B      PTSD Incident Report      293

SECTION 30—School Refusal       295

Exercise 29.A      A Pleasant Journey          296

Exercise 29.B      Letter of Encouragement              299

Exercise 29.C      School Fear Reduction    302

SECTION 31—Separation Anxiety              305

Exercise 30.A      Explore Your World         306

Exercise 30.B      Parents’ Time Away        309

SECTION 32—Sexual Abuse Victim            311

Exercise 31.A      My Story              312

Exercise 31.B      You Are Not Alone           315

SECTION 33—Sleep Disturbance 319

Exercise 32.A      Childhood Sleep Problems            320

Exercise 32.B      Reduce Nighttime Fears 324

SECTION 34—Social Anxiety         327

Exercise 33.A      Greeting Peers   328

Exercise 33.B      Learn to Be Assertive      331

Exercise 33.C      Show Your Strengths       337

SECTION 35—Specific Phobia      339

Exercise 34.A      Expressions of Fear Through Art 340

Exercise 34.B      Maurice Faces His Fear   343

SECTION 36—Speech/Language Disorders             348

Exercise 35.A      Home-¬Based Reading and Language Program    349

Exercise 35.B      Shauna’s Song   354

Exercise 35.C      Tell All About It 362



Appendix A: Alternate Assignments for Presenting Problems         364

Appendix B: Alphabetical Index of Exercises         377

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