Relationship Circles of Support Worksheet

What is the theory behind this Relationship Circles of Support Worksheet?

Relationship ‘circles of support’ refers to the social circle one has based on the people around them. The ‘circles of support’ is a graphical representation with four layers, each representing the people in one’s life and their varying roles. Each layer has a distinct name based on the reliance and support one can expect from the people in it.  Identifying people in one’s social circle is a crucial part of not just the recovery process but also relapse prevention. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will explain the concept of ‘Circles of Support’ and prompt individuals to list down the names of the people in their lives who fit the varying descriptions. It will not only give them some clarity about who to rely on in which situation but also can be a step towards removing some of the hesitancy they might feel in approaching them or wanting to seek help when needed. 

How to use the worksheet?

Instruct the client to read the description and draw their circles of support in the provided space. They can then proceed to fill it with the names of the specific people or their relationship to them. This can then be used by the therapist to elicit further responses on how the community around their client can play a role in lending them support in times of crisis or need. 

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