What is the theory behind this Child therapy worksheet?
According to the evolutionary perspective, emotions play an important role in a child’s development and functioning. A child who experiences fear can become overwhelmed with worries that eventually interfere in their school, home and other activities.
‘Coping Cat’ is a research-based CBT for children; it uses the mnemonic FEAR to help them understand and cope with their fearful thoughts.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet will help child clients to identify and be aware of their anxious feelings and emotions so that they can use the coping strategies as taught in sessions using FEAR Plan (F for Feeling frightened, E for Expecting bad things to happen, A for Attitudes and Actions that can help, R for Results and Rewards).
How to use the worksheet?
The worksheet is suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years as a tool to manage anxiety in their everyday lives. It should only be used after detailed psychoeducation on identification of thoughts, feelings and coping strategies. It can be used within sessions or as homework assignments.
Child therapy worksheet
Whenever you feel fearful just remember your FEAR plan!
|Feeling frightened?||Expecting bad things to happen?||Attitudes and Actions that can help||Results and Rewards|
|Do you notice any physical changes in your body?||What are you thinking about?||Remember to use your Coping Toolbox: Coping thoughts, Problem-solving, Relaxation, Belly Breathing)Which one works the best for you?||Did the coping techniques help? What was the outcome?|
Don’t forget to Reward yourself for facing your fears head on!
Kendall, P. C. (1994). Treating anxiety disorders in children: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 62, 100–110.
Kendall, P. C., Flannery-Schroeder, E., Panichelli-Mindel, S. M., Southam-Gerow, M., Henin, A., & Warman, M. (1997). Therapy for youths with anxiety disorders: A second randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65, 366–380.
You can download this worksheet here.