DEADS Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this worksheet?

The worksheet works around the theory of Cognitive Behavioral Theory as the steps involve correcting irrational thoughts that would translate to a change in behaviour. 

The worksheet also utilizes the Learning Theory as there are steps which require the counselee to think of activities and or concepts which he has to practice for him to quickly access in the future. 

How will this worksheet help?

This worksheet aids the counselee in dealing with cravings and urges. The worksheet encourages the counselee to practice activities in the hope that these activities will help in combating cravings when the time comes. 

How to use the worksheet? 

The worksheet provides five steps under the acronym DEADS. The counselee may use each step depending on how the cravings and urges present themselves to the counselee. The bottom line, each step requires constant practice for them to come out normally when needed. 

For further improvement, the counsellor may look at the items where he scored low and use it as a basis for development.  He may re-assess himself after six months if he has improved. 

You can download more Mental Health worksheets here.

Please note: There may be a more up-to-date and editable version of this worksheet available here which may be more suitable to present to clients if you are a therapist or to use in a classroom as a teacher or guidance counselor.

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