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Affect Regulation / Emotion Regulation

Affect regulation, or emotion regulation, is the ability of an individual to modulate their emotional state in order to adaptively meet the demands of their environment. Individuals with a broad range of affect regulation strategies will be able to flexibly adapt to a range of stressful situations. Individuals with a more limited emotional regulation abilities may fall back upon a more limited range of stereotyped strategies that are not as successful in meeting their needs, or which come with more severe unintended consequences. The ability to successfully regulate emotion is often viewed in the light of attachment theory (Bowlby, 1969/1982).

  • Bowlby, J. (1969/1982). Attachment and loss: Vol. 1. Attachment (2nd edition). New York: Basic Books
  • Hofmann, S. G. (2014). Interpersonal emotion regulation model of mood and anxiety disorders. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 38(5), 483-492.  nih.gov

The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is an Australian mental health organisation that conducts research, provides training and supervision, and offers a clinical service. They have made some emotional regulation / distress tolerance resources.

St Michael’s Hospital have also developed an emotional regulation group incorporating mindfulness.

Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training

Handouts
  1. Session 1 – Mindfulness and the window of tolerance stmichaelshospital.com archive.org
  2. Session 2 – Mindfulness and the brain stmichaelshospital.com archive.org
  3. Session 3 – Mindfulness and emotions stmichaelshospital.com archive.org
  4. Session 4 – Developing an action plan for self care stmichaelshospital.com archive.org
Audio
  1. Track 1 – Mindfulness of the senses soundcloud.com
  2. Track 2 – Three minute breathing space soundcloud.com
  3. Track 3 – Mindfulness of breath soundcloud.com
  4. Track 4 – Meditation of sounds soundcloud.com
  5. Track 5 – Mindfulness of emotions soundcloud.com
  6. Track 6 – Standing meditation soundcloud.com
  7. Track 7 – Self-compassion meditation soundcloud.com

DBT Handouts & Worksheets

DBT Skills
  1. DBT skills quick reference sheet ilovedbt.com archive.org
Core Mindfulness Skills
  1. States of mind handout ilovedbt.com archive.org
  2. 6 levels of validation handout & worksheets ilovedbt.com archive.org
  3. Reality acceptance skills overview ilovedbt.com archive.org
Distress Tolerance
  1. DBT multi-purpose pros & cons worksheet ilovedbt.com archive.org
  2. DBT skills training pros & cons worksheet ilovedbt.com archive.org
  3. Guided mindfulness script for practicing mindfulness to emotion ilovedbt.com archive.org
  4. Distress tolerance worksheet ilovedbt.com archive.org
Emotion Regulation
  1. Emotion myths worksheet ilovedbt.com archive.org
  2. Check the facts handout & worksheet ilovedbt.com archive.org
  3. Opposite action handout & worksheet ilovedbt.com archive.org
  4. Working with primary and secondary emotions worksheet and handout ilovedbt.com archive.org
  5. DBT target behavior chain analysis worksheet ilovedbt.com archive.org
  6. DBT behavior chain & solution analysis worksheet (fillable) ilovedbt.com archive.org
Interpersonal effectiveness
  1. DEAR MAN GIVE FAST handout & worksheet ilovedbt.com archive.org

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