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Affect Regulation Worksheets

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.

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

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

DBT Handouts & Worksheets

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

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