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Responsibility and Self Management: A Client Workbook of Skills to Learn
Jack Apsche and Jerry L. Jennings
NEARI Press | Safer Society Press / Softcover / Jan 2007
9781929657292 (ISBN-10: 1929657293)
Sex Offenders
price: $34.50 (may be subject to change)
224 pages
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Jack Apsche and Jerry Jennings have developed this unique workbook specifically for adolescent treatment based on research and clinical trials. Using principles of Evidenced-Based Treatments and intended for use in both out-patient and in-patient practices, the book addresses multiple issues, including aggression, anger, defiance, and sexually inappropriate behaviors. Responsibility & Self-Management looks at how the client’s life brought him to a therapist and provides a functional analytic blueprint to treatment.

Editorial Reviews
“Adolescence is one of the most difficult periods for children. They often struggle with a host of personal and environmental changes, which results from the culmination of trajectories for language, socialization, and academics. In addition, hormonal changes lead to emerging sexuality, which establishes new networks of reinforcers. In short it is a difficult time for many leading to depression, anxiety, and aggression. CBT has been shown to be helpful and this book offers a strong curriculum to teach these self analysis skills. This exciting book is written by a true master of CBT with adolescents. Poingent, clear, and comprehensive this workbook would be a real aide to any therapist working with this population.”
--Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D; Publisher and editor of six ABA affiliated journals including, The Behavior Analyst Today and the International Journal of Behavior Consultation and Therapy.

“This workbook offers some new materials to address old problems within a tried and tested cognitive behavioural framework. It takes us through the engagement and treatment process and examines all the key areas required to address the sexual behaviour of concern as well as examining the origins of it as a prerequisite for change. There is some useful material in relation to addressing the victim and the abuser dichotomy and also the co-existence of substance misuse issues. This workbook is accessible and packed with useful exemplars for work with the young person and will be plundered by workers both in individual and groupwork contexts.”
--Martin Calder; Practitioner, researcher, and internationally recognized author of several publications including: Young People Who Sexually Abuse: Building the Evidence Base for Your Practice

“There is no doubt that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is of tremendous value to working with youth. Apsche’s combined set of clinician’s manual and student workbook takes the clinician and student through detailed education and step-by-step treatment in reconstructing unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and subsequent problem behaviors, into healthy and pro-social ones. In addition this set provides a specialized section on empathy and empathy development. I strongly recommend this set to any professional who wishes to place an emphasis in treatment on cognitive restructuring.”
--Robert E. Longo, Director of Clinical Services, Old Vineyard Youth Services as well as a consultant, trainer, and author/editor of several well known books including: Current Perspectives: Working with Sexually Aggressive Youth & Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems

“I work in a residential program for adolescent males and many of my clients are sex offenders. This workbook is by far one of my most useful resources. I bought it only recently but find the activities are easily adaptable for all ages and learning styles and the entire book serves as an excellent addition to the other workbooks I use. It helps my clients learn offense cycles, victim impact, thinking errors, etc. from another angle and enhances learning. I had one client recently struggle with putting his offense cycle all together and understanding how it "links" and the book he was using just was not helping and was making it more challenging. I found an activity in this workbook on this same topic and within a week he was able to explain his cycle in such amazing detail and understandable naturalness! I have not purchased the facilitator's guide but will do so as I am finding many activities in the client workbook need further explanation found in the facilitator's guide. All in all this is a great resource for someone new to the field or someone even with years of experience. There are a few minor editing issues but I can see past that with no concern and it has in no way impacted my opinion on the quality of this book.”
-- Clinician working in a residential program for boys

Introduction to Client’s Workbook

Level I – Gaining Knowledge

I. Negative Thinking and Learning to Watch Yourself

What is Negative Thinking?

Negative Thinking and Negative Talk

How Thoughts, Feelings and Behavior Go Together

Instruction and Practice for Using TFB Self-Report Worksheet

Thought, Feeling, and Behavior Self-Report Worksheet

II. Cognitive Distortion

Cognitive Distortions Defined

Types of Cognitive Distortions

Changing Cognitive Distortions With New Ways of Thinking

III. Changing Negative Thinking

The Role of Cognitive Distortions in Abusing

Using the Daily Record of Negative Thoughts

Daily Record of Negative Thoughts Worksheet

Cognitive Distortions Exercise

Controlling Anger by Changing Cognitive Distortions

The Broken iPod™ – Exercise

Level II – Application Responsibility and Self Management Skills

IV. Abuse System

Abuse System Questions

Recognizing Cognitive Distortions Used During Your Abuse

Rational Response Exercise

How to Change Negative Thoughts and Feelings Into
Positive Ones

Changing Negative Thoughts and Feelings Into Positive Ones Worksheet

What to Do If You Still Believe Your Negative Thoughts

How to Use the Abuse System Diagrams

Abuse System Diagram – Sample

Abuse System Diagram (Blank)

V. Aggression System

Beliefs About Aggression Questions

Aggression and Violence Starts With Thinking

Studying Your Anger

System of Aggression Questions

How to Use the Aggression System Diagrams

Aggression System Diagram – Sample

Aggression System Diagram (Blank)

VI. Beliefs – How It All Works Together

Negative Beliefs Are Connected to Abuse

Some Negative Beliefs of Abusers

Beliefs About Myself

Beliefs About Control

Beliefs About Closeness

Types of Beliefs Used by Abusers

Belief Pattern Worksheet

How to Change Negative Beliefs

Reducing the Strength of Negative Core Beliefs

Feeling, Belief, Thought Worksheet

Changing Negative Beliefs Worksheet

From Seeing to Believing Worksheet

Beliefs About “Needs”

Beliefs About Needs Worksheet

Detailed Analysis of My Abuse Pattern

Before the Abuse

During the Abuse

After the Abuse

Today – When I See My Abuses

Looking to the Future

Abuse Beliefs Summary Sheet

Using Self Talk to Change Negative Beliefs

Positive Self Talk Worksheet

Practice Changing “Needs” Into “Wants”

Negative Beliefs Come From Your Experiences

How to Change Negative Thinking When It Happens

Changing Cognitive Distortions of Abuse and Violence

VII. Responsibility

From Denial to Responsibility

Types of Denial

Denial Worksheet

Taking Responsibility Exercise

How Abusers Avoid Responsibility

Level III – Incorporation

Introduction to Incorporation Phase

VIII. Healthy Behavior

Worksheet: How Do I Experience and Express Anger?

Worksheet: How Do I Experience and Express Hurt Feelings?

How to Stop Unwanted Thoughts and Urges

Healthy Thinking Leads to Healthy Living

Using Positive Thinking to Get Rid of a Bad Mood

Using Positive Thinking to Get Rid of a Bad Mood Worksheets

Have Your Beliefs Put You in a Box?

Getting Out of the Negative Belief Box

IX. Substance Abuse and Abusing

Beliefs About Substance Abuse Questionnaire

Craving Beliefs Questionnaire

Relapse Prediction Scale

The Role of Drugs and Alcohol in Abusing

Negative Beliefs in Substance Abuse and Abusing

Questions About Using Substances and Acting Out

Advantages and Disadvantages Box

Do You Have A Low Frustration Tolerance?

Cognitive Distortions Cause Low Frustration Tolerance

X. Victim Empathy

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Important Facts to Know About Victims of Sexual and

Other Abuse

My Commitment to Learning Empathy

Factors That Increase Damage to Molested Children

Empathy Exercises

Waves from a Pebble

Showing Empathy With a Letter of Responsibility

Interview with Jason Victim of Sexual Abuse #1

Interview with Chris Victim of Sexual Abuse #2

Interview with Nick Victim of Emotional Abuse #3

Interview with Roger Victim of Physical Abuse #4

Interview with Mike Victim of Bullying Abuse #5

Interview with Dominic Victim of Bullying Abuse #6

XI. Victim To Victimizer To Survivor


Belief Analysis of My Victimization

Common Thoughts and Feelings of Sexually Abused Children

Questions to Help Yourself With Understanding Your Own Victimization

Victim Recovery Exercises

XII. Mental Health and Medications

Beliefs About Mental Illness

Beliefs About Psychiatric Medication

Understanding My Medication

Negative Thoughts About Taking Medication

Medication: Thoughts, Feelings, Behaviors and Beliefs

Changing Fears of Medication



Appendix – Assessments and Case Conceptualization Forms

Typology Survey

Fear Assessment – Revised

Core Beliefs Questionnaire (and scoring key)

Core Beliefs Questionnaire – Short (and scoring key)

Conglomerate of Beliefs and Behaviors Form

Fears/Avoids/Core Beliefs Form

Treatment Plan Development Form

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