Adjustment disorder therapy worksheet

What is the theory behind this Adjustment therapy worksheet?

Individuals going through adjustment disorder have difficulty adjusting to an event. This reaction is disproportionate to the stressor and impairs daily functioning.

For example events like, family conflicts, money problems, accidents, disease, divorce or moving to a new place.

How will the worksheet help?    

This worksheet is aimed at younger clients. The main goal is to make them realize that they have already established resources to deal with the current stressor. Through this worksheet, clients will be able to utilize those resources.

How to use this worksheet?

To use this worksheet, Imagine yourself as the driver of your bus of life. The bus, for some unfortunate reason, took a wrong turn. Now you are in an unknown place with lots of stressors ahead. These stressors are the situations you are having difficulty in adjusting with. Luckily, your passengers are going to help you. These are the supportive people and resources in your life that you can count on. Write their names on the bus window and strategize how you are going to take help from them. 

Adjustment disorder therapy worksheet

Since you are the driver of this bus, how are you going to ask for and take help from your supportive passengers?

Passenger 1
Passenger 2
Passenger 3
Passenger 4
Passenger 5
Passenger 6


Zelviene, P., & Kazlauskas, E. (2018). Adjustment disorder: Current perspectives. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 14, Article 375-381.

Mulligan, A. (2018). Adjustment disorders in child and adolescent psychiatry. In P. Casey (Ed.), Adjustment disorders: From controversy to clinical practice (pp. 123–139). Oxford University Press.

You can download this worksheet here.

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