Social Skills

It’s never too late to learn or improve on social skills! Help your patients refine their social skills with our counseling resources. Check out social skills worksheets for adults, games, handouts, brochures and other resources that are perfect before, during, or after your next session. Sign up with us today and you’ll get instant access to all of Between Sessions cognitive therapy worksheets and other resources. Be sure to check out our social skills counseling resources for children and teens, too.

Improving Your Ability to Say No — This worksheet helps people reflect about their communication with others and whether or not they are expressing their values and getting their needs fulfilled. It teaches a two-step technique to designed to help people be assertive without offending others. (assertiveness, communication, interpersonal effectiveness, 1119)

How Do You Know When You Cross the Line? — This worksheet is designed to help couples identify harmful or verbally abusive patterns in their communication partner and learn healthier ways of approaching conflicts. (couples communication, marital therapy, couples counseling, conflict management, 1018)

Thinking About Your Emotional Strengths — This worksheet is designed to help people think about their emotional strengths and how they can bring these strengths to their current problems. It contains a list of strengths for clients to rate, as well as questions about how significant others perceive the person’s emotional strengths. (0415, ACT, DBT)

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Comparing Points of View — This worksheet is designed to help people see that others may have a different point of view when they are upset. (anger issues, communication, relationships, 0614)

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Developing Flexible and Compassionate Thinking — This worksheet is designed to help people consider how they think about others. It is designed to help people see that flexible and compassionate thinking can improve their relationships as well as their own self-image. The assessment asks them to rate 20 questions on a 5-point scale. (compassion, flexibility, relationships, DBT, 0516, CBT).

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Do Some Good Pocket Guide — This pocket guide from the UK Mental Health Association has some great ideas to help people help others. It also reviews studies showing how acts of altruism increases our own mental health. (altruism, RAOK, 0111)

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Compromise is the Foundation of Good Relationship — This is a cartoon about relationships. (relationships, communication, 0613)

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All About You, All About Me (Kids) — This activity is designed to help children learn about other children. It teaches the most basic empathy skill, showing interest in others. (social skills, Asperger Syndrome, 0219)

Thinking About Emotions Game — This worksheet is designed to help people think and talk about their feelings. Players pitch a penny on the worksheet and then talk about the feeling where the penny lands. The game can be played in a small group or even by an individual. (emotional intelligence, depression, communication, social skills, 0317)

The Importance of Self-Disclosure Game — This simple game is designed to help people reveal their thoughts and feelings to others and to reinforce the mental health benefits of self-disclosure. It consists of a die with six questions that can be printed and assembled. A blank template die can be used to custom-make other self-disclosure games. (0216, communication, social skills)

Show Your Feelings Role Play Games — Get people talking about their feelings with three “cut and tape” dice games. These games are fun to play and a great way to encourage kids, teens, or even adults to talk about their feelings.

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Kindness - Pass it On Poster — This poster is designed to help people remember the importance of daily acts of kindness. (0715)

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Making Emotional Deposits in Your Relationship — This worksheet teaches the importance of making more deposits than withdrawals in a relationship. (0610, relationships)

Interacting with People Who Annoy You — This worksheet is designed to help people deal with anyone who they consider annoying. It gives them specific tactics to deal with a variety of annoying behavior. (0521. relationships, social skills, conflict resolution)

Improving Family Communication — This worksheet gives families ideas to improve their communication and become more supportive of each other. (0321, family therapy, social skills, communication)

Tarjetas para Efectuar Cambios Positivos — These Coping Cards can be used by people who want to replace negative behaviors with positive ones. A useful technique to help in breaking negative habits. Spanish Version. (Spanish, 0221, negative thinking)

Polishing Your Professional Network — This worksheet helps people think about how to build their interpersonal network to build a career. (0221, coaching, career, work)

Communicating Like a Leader — This worksheet helps people identify specific communication skills that will help them be better leaders. (leadership, coaching, communication, 0121)

Using the 2-Chair Technique to Change Your Perspective — This worksheet asks people to visual two chairs, one representing an optimistic attitude and the other a pessimistic attitude and answer a series of questions from each perspective. (perspective taking, optimism, 1220)

Changing Your Negative Thinking with the "Add-a-But" Technique — This worksheet is designed to help people who are negative thinkers see the positive side of an argument. A two-week assignment is given to help people see the positive side of things they previously just saw in a negative light. (CBT, negative thinking, automatic thoughts, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, 1020).

Maintaining Strong Social Connections — This worksheet helps people see the importance of building and maintaining strong social connections. This is particularly important during highly stressful times. (resiliency, stress management, COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, 0820)

The Problem with Being a People Pleaser — This worksheet is designed to help people who put pleasing others as more important as trying to fulfill their own needs and desires. The worksheet helps people understand how people pleasing can be a problem and gives them specific ways to practice balancing their own needs with the needs of others. (assertiveness, depression, self-esteem, self-image, 0720)

Identifying Your Communication Style — This worksheet is intended to help people understand how their communication style is affecting their relationships. (communication, interpersonal effectiveness, relationships, DBT, 0720)

I Do Not Feel Respected in My Relationships — This worksheet asks people to think about whether their relationships have mutual respect. It asks people to practice a technique where they are fair, truthful, respectful, stick to their values, and apologize when necessary. (communication, couples, marriage therapy, 0520)

Are You Difficult to Get Along With? — This worksheet teaches people the GIVE technique: be gentle; show interest/ validate, use an easy manner. It encourages people to use aspects of this technique in difficult interactions (interpersonal effectiveness, DBT, borderline personality, narcissistic personality, social skills)

Are You Anxious About Being the Center of Attention? — This worksheet helps people identify the social situations that make them anxious and understand their anxiety symptoms. It also encourages them to consider their motivation to change. (social anxiety, 0120)

Using I Statements to Communicate Effectively — This worksheet teaches people to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs more directly using “I” statements. (communication, interpersonal effectiveness, DBT, 1019)

Responding to Relationship Abuse — This worksheet is designed to help someone identify relationship abuse and to find immediate help and support (1019)

Developing Empathy — This worksheet is intended to help people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder see the value of helping others. (personality disorders, narcissism, empathy, 0619)

Practicing Being Imperfect — This worksheet is designed to help people take more social risks. Many people with social anxiety dread that they will embarrass themselves in public. This worksheet asks them to choose three situations where they deliberately make a social mistake in order to see that others really don't care. (social anxiety, shyness, thought distortion, exposure therapy, 0520)

DBT-Introduction to Emotional Regulation — This worksheet is designed to help people learn the DBT skills of identifying feelings, then observing and naming them as a way of helping to regulate emotions. (emotional regulation, depression, bi-polar disorder, 0419)

What To Do If You Lie Too Much — This worksheet is designed for people who lie frequently and who wish to find a positive alternative to this behavior. (addiction, 0319)

Do People Say You Talk Too Softly? — This worksheet is intended to help people who get constant feedback that they talk too softly. It helps people consider the reasons they talk softly and then take steps to change the way they communicate. (social anxiety, speech and language, 0219)

Mood Diary — This simple Mood Diary can help clients keep track of their predominant mood each day, what influenced their mood, and what they did in response to their mood. (0219, emotions, log)

Do People Say You Talk Too Much? — This worksheet is designed to help people identify situations where excessive talking may be affecting their relationships and to help them learn conversational signals that can aid in more appropriate give and take conversations. (ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, relationships, social skills, 0219)

Increase Your Social Activities When You Are Depressed — This worksheet is designed to help people who are feeling depressed and even suicidal reach out to others and engage in social activities. (depression, prevention, social isolation, 0219)

Are You Anxious About Dating? — This worksheet can be used with people who have social anxiety to help them overcome symptoms that may keep them from dating. The worksheet uses the principles of exposure therapy to help people address this problem. (0119)

Dealing Effectively with Authority Figures — This worksheet is designed to help people reflect on how they deal with authority figures. It asks people to consider how they have dealt with authority figures as far back as their childhood, and how they are dealing with authority figures in the present. The worksheet also suggests a number of simple assertive techniques. (social anxiety, passivity, shyness, workplace issues, relationships, 1118).

Communicating for Effective Conflict Resolution — This worksheet is designed to help couples find more productive ways to resolve conflict. (couples therapy, problem-solving, mediation, marriage, divorce, marital counseling, 0418).

Using Your Character Strengths to Solve Your Problems — This worksheet asks people to identify all of their character strengths and then pick one which could be helpful in solving a predominant problem. (CBT, DBT, 0418)

Handling Social Events That Might Trigger Addictions — This worksheet is designed to help people who have problems with alcohol and drug use prepare for social events. The worksheet helps people P.L.A.N., which means: prepare, listen, acknowledge, and say no. (addiction, substance abuse, 0218)

Building a Support System to Overcome Your Problems — This worksheet is designed to help people build a support system to not only address an immediate problem, but to enhance the quality of their lives. (depression, anxiety, social skills, social connection, problem-solving, 0817)

How Do You Want to Be Treated? — This worksheet is designed to help people think about how others can help them with their psychological problems. The worksheet asks them to think about both the things that they want from others as well as the things they don’t want. (depression, social skills, communication, 0417)

What Are They Saying? — This worksheet asks people to imagine what a person is thinking or saying by simply looking at his body language. (social skills, Asperger Syndrome, social anxiety, 1216)

Nothing Small About Small Talk — This worksheet is designed to help people with social anxiety practice simple conversational skills. The worksheet gives tips on how to handle social conversations and assignments to practice spontaneous conversations. (shyness, social anxiety, Asperger Syndrome, 2016)

Building Your Support System to Overcome Anxiety — This worksheet is designed to help people create a support system. It asks people to think about friends, family, and acquaintances who can help with a problem, help with a task, support mistakes and bad habits, and more. (social skills, recovery, anxiety).

Anticipating Difficult Holiday Interactions — This worksheet is designed to help people deal with difficult interactions during a holiday event. The worksheet asks the user to think about what kind of difficult interactions are likely to occur and consider positive ways to respond. (holiday stress, communication, difficult people, 1116)

Are Your Judgments Causing You Problems — This worksheet is designed to help people think about their negative judgements and how these affect their moods and behavior. The worksheet asks individuals to think about how they judge others as well as themselves. (DBT, CBT, anxiety, depression, 1116)

Do Not Be Alone — This worksheet is designed to help people see the importance of social activities as an integral part of mental health. It gives individuals a list of possible social activities to do each day. (Asperger Syndrome, depression, social development, 0616)

Developing a Self-Care Plan — This worksheet is designed to help people take better care of themselves. It will be particularly useful for those spending a great deal of time caring for others. (caregivers, self-care, emotional help, wellness, DBT, 0516)

Positive and Negative Influences — This worksheet is intended to help people evaluate others around them who are positive and negative influences, and to see how these people can benefit or harm them. (peer pressure, addictions, social intelligence)

Tell The World! — This worksheet is designed to help people think about what is really important for them to communicate to others. It asks people to design a billboard for the world to see and to identify one specific person they want to read it. PDF (0316, art therapy, communication)

Building Your Support System — This worksheet is designed to help people think about the people in their support system and the kinds of support they might be missing. (social support, 0116)

Focusing On Solutions — This worksheet will help you start thinking about how you solved problems in the past and how your life can be better today when you make even small changes. Focusing on solutions, rather than dwelling on your problem, can open many new possibilities. (solution oriented therapy, problem solving, positive attitude, 0116)

Your Vision of Your Relationship — This worksheet is designed to help people in a relationship think about the things they really want together and talk about their differences. PDF (relationship, marriage, conflicts, marital counseling, 0116)

Words You Want to Hear — Everyone likes encouragement, but most people don’t get enough support when they really need it. This worksheet is intended to help people think about the words they really want to hear and give themselves “self-support” anytime they need it. PDF (0116, praise, self-image, identify, support).

What Did You Learn in Grade School? — This worksheet asks people to think back to their years in grade school and the “life lessons” they learned. Answering the questions on this worksheet will likely bring up other thoughts and memories about what happened in these childhood years. (0115)

How Do Others See You? — The first part of this worksheet asks people to answer questions about themselves and then a second part can be used to ask the same questions to others. The worksheet is intended to help people see if their perception of themselves is very different than how others see them (self-perception, 1215)

Just Scribble — This worksheet can be used for two purposes: to help people relax when anxious or stressed and to help people think about their feelings. PDF (1116, relaxation, insight)

You Decide - Fork in the Road — This worksheet is designed to help people consider the merits of important decisions. (quick, decision-making, 1015)

Make a Movie of Your Life — This worksheet is designed to help people think about and communicate important aspects of their self image. The worksheet asks a people to name a movie about their life and draw a picture of the most important scene.(quick, self image, Narrative Therapy, 1015)

Get Back In Touch — This worksheet can help people think about others who have been important in the past. The exercise asks people to write a “postcard” to get back in touch with someone important in their life, helping them focus on their memories and their values. (Narrative Therapy, 1015)

Take a Step Toward Something That Scares You — This form can help people see that they don’t have to avoid the things that scare them. The best way to conquer a fear is to approach it in small steps. (fear, anxiety, quick, 0915)

Write a Letter to Your Problem — This Narrative Therapy technique is designed to help people externalize a specific problem and motivate them to develop new behaviors to help overcome it. (Narrative Therapy, Quick, motivation, problem-solving, 0815)

Take a Break — This worksheet encourages people to take a day off from their stress and dedicate that one day to relaxing. (stress management, quick, solution- focused)

What Are Your Positive Psychological Skills? — This worksheet is designed to help people see their positive psychological skills and apply them to their current mental health issues. (0815, Solution-Focused)

Asking for What You Want and Need — This worksheet is designed to help people think about how assertive they are when they ask for something. (DBT, assertiveness, 0615)

Developing Healthy Personal Boundaries — This worksheet is designed to help people develop healthy boundaries in their relationships. Individuals rate themselves on positive behaviors related to their personal boundaries, and they are then asked to consider one problem area to work on. (boundaries, relationships, 0615)

If the Problem Were a TV Show — This worksheet is a Narrative Therapy technique which can be used to help clients get more perspective on their presenting problem and see that they have the power to change their “life story." (narrative, therapy, problem-solving, 1114)

Practicing Assertive Communication — This worksheet helps clients to identify a conflict, describe it in nonjudgmental terms, explain how the other person's behavior has affected them, and ask for a specific response.

How Do You Deal With Conflicts? — This short questionnaire gives clients the opportunity to identify their behaviors and attitudes as assertive, aggressive, passive, or passive-aggressive, and provides some information about conflict strategies. (conflict management, communication)

Acts of Kindness Lead to Happiness — This worksheet can be used to help people who have mild to moderate depression, or for people who are not clinically depressed but who are seeking a happier and more fulfilling life. (RAOK, positive psychology, resilience, depression)

Are You Ready To Date? — This worksheet will help people think about the issues in dating after a divorce or the break-up of a long-term relationship. (dating, relationships, divorce, 0214)

Creating a Gratitude Journal — This research-based worksheet can be used to treat mild depression and help people through difficult times. (gratitude, journaling, depression, 0614)

Thinking About Others When You Have A Problem — This worksheet is designed to help individuals see the value of helping others in modifying their emotions.

Managing Expectations In a Relationship — This worksheet is designed to help people identify if they have unreasonable expectations in a relationship and if this is causing a problem. (conflict management, relationships)

Identifying Emotional Abuse — This worksheet is designed to help people identify emotional abuse in their own behavior or the behavior of others. (emotional abuse, relationships)

How to Take a Time Out When Arguing — This worksheet is designed to help people know when arguing is unproductive and they need to take a time-out. (conflict management, relationships, problem-solving)

Fostering Closeness In Your Relationship — This worksheet is designed to help couples find activities that would be mutually enjoyable. (relationships, marital therapy, couples counseling)

Evaluating Your Relationship — This seven question form is designed to people a quick sense of how satisfied they are with their relationship and to identify areas they wish to see improvement. (relationships, couples counseling, marital therapy, 0214)

Dealing with Frustration In Your Relationship — This worksheet is designed to help people communicate the things that frustrate them in a relationship in a positive way. (relationships, couples counseling, marriage, marital therapy, 0520)

Thinking About the Roles In Your Relationship — This worksheet is designed to help people evaluate their roles and responsibilities in a relationship and discuss whether they wish any of their roles to change.

Relationship Memory Quiz — This worksheet asks couples to remember the last time that they did important things together (had a date, had an argument, etc.) and then compare their answers with the intent of understanding their partner’s point of view. PDF

Confronting Issues In Your Relationship — This worksheet asks couples to prioritize issues that are important in their relationship, and then decide which ones would be easiest to change. (couples counseling, marriage, marital therapy, relationships, 0614)

Trusting Too Much or Too Little — This worksheet is designed to help people learn about their "style" of trusting others in different relationships.

Finding People with Common Interests — This worksheet is designed to help people expand their social network by finding people in common interest groups. (resilience, support systems, stress management, social skills, 0321)

Pushing Your Anger Buttons — This worksheet is designed to help people identify situations or events that trigger their anger.

Emotions Below the Tip of The Iceberg — This worksheet is designed to help people identify emotions they hide from others. (emotional intelligence, feelings, relationships, 0214)

Taking a Closer Look at Your Relationship — This worksheet is designed to help people work on their relationships by seeing the similarities and differences they have with their partners.

Preparing to Break Up — This worksheet can help individuals in a relationship anticipate how a partner might react to a breakup.

Changing Faulty Assumptions In Your Relationship — This worksheet is designed to help people see that unrealistic assumptions can interfere with a positive relationships. (marriage, marital therapy, couples counseling, divorce, 0214)

Asking For and Giving Forgiveness — This worksheet helps people think about the importance of forgiveness in their relationships. (forgiveness, 0314)

Adult Bullying — This worksheet explores useful ways to deal with adult bullying. (bullying, relationships, resilience, 0214)

Managing Disagreements — This worksheet teaches some basic rules about handling disagreements with others. (conflict management)

Communicating Without Anger — This worksheet asks people to rate themselves on how well they use 9 basic communication skills. (anger issues, communication skills, 0614)

Saying How You Feel — This worksheet teaches people to state their feelings clearly using "I" statements.

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