Counseling Activities Workbook: Handouts and Exercises for Working With People


The goal of counseling is to support people as they move toward their goals of managing themselves, their life issues, and their relationships. For helpers and counselors, one way to provide this support is to use experiential learning activities to facilitate the development of new insights and skills.

This book contains a wide variety of counseling resources based on an equally diverse range of counseling theories, including cognitive behavioral, narrative, family systems, and mindfulness. The resources are formatted as handouts that can be copied or printed and given to the person you are supporting. Activities include questionnaires, worksheets, reflective exercises, mapping activities, safety plans, and coping strategies. Most of the resources are applicable to many issues, while others have a more specific focus and can be assigned in sequence so that their insights and strategies build on each other.

This workbook is designed for helpers and counselors to use in the context of a helping relationship, where additional depth and guidance can be provided – it is not a self-help book. By providing multiple resources to draw upon, this book supports helpers and counselors to feel more confident as they support others.

The activities in this workbook are suitable for working with people 16 years of age and older. All activities can either be photocopied or you can access  on our website.


“This workbook has something for almost every person. It’s well organized so you can quickly reference the skills and techniques that will be most useful.”
-Anne Whitford Fast, Psychotherapist, A Healing Journey

“What a wonderful, well-organized, and practical workbook! It covers a wide range of counseling concerns and provides clear strategies that are suitable for many different ages.”
-Denise Sargeant, Marriage and Family Therapist

“This is a wonderful addition to any counselor’s bookshelf. The activities are relevant to many aspects of treatment and are easy to use with people of all abilities.”
-Sarah Philbrick-Djerfi, Social Worker

“The practical worksheets in this book provide many coping strategies and valuable information for students as they work through issues related to mental health and relationships.”
-Ross Derksen, Guidance Counselor, Garden Valley Collegiate

“This book is a great resource with so many options –it truly has something for everyone. I like that the foundation of the book emphasizes the relationship between the counselor and the person they’re supporting.”
-Debra Dusome, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Brandon University

About the Author:

Wilma Schroeder is a trainer and consultant with the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute. She is a family therapist and former mental health nurse, and she holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
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