What is the theory behind this Non verbal communication worksheet?
Non verbal gestures play a significant role in communication. They convey the real message more effectively as compared to verbal matter. During psychotherapy, a better comprehension of these non verbal cues may lead the therapist to develop stronger therapeutic alliances with the client. moreover, many non verbal cues a associated with certain psychological disorders and proper attention to these can be helpful in diagnosing the problem.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet is aimed at a beginner psychotherapist, who needs help in focusing on the non verbal cues of the clients. The worksheet questions will provide a guide regarding what a therapist needs to focus on while communicating with the client.
How to use this worksheet?
Fill the information in its designated space given below. If the therapist has not noticed any significant cue, write N/A on that space. The summary of verbatim should be precise and directional rather than summarizing the entire conversation.
Non verbal communication worksheet
summary of client’s verbatim
Where were the client’s eyes looking at?
What was the client’s seating position?
What were the client’s hands or feet doing while conversing?
How many and how long pauses did the client take while talking?
What was the client’s tone of voice?
Any unusual action that you have noticed write below
Fisch, H.-U., Frey, S., & Hirsbrunner, H.-P. (1983). Analyzing nonverbal behavior in depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 92(3), 307–318. https://doi.org/10.1037/0021-843X.92.3.307
Gladstein, G. A. (1974). Nonverbal Communication and Counseling/Psychotherapy: A Review. The Counseling Psychologist, 4(3), 34–57. https://doi.org/10.1177/001100007400400307
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