Depression Protocol – Module 5

Module 5: Assertiveness Training

Depression is sometimes maintained by a passive or passive-aggressive communication style and a lack of assertiveness.  This passivity often leads to a failure to communicate needs and desires and thus failing to have those needs and desires satisfied.  Over time, the person lives a deeply unfulfilling and resentful life.

 The Main Goals for Phase 5 include:

  • Identifying your communication style using the aggressive, passive, passive-aggressive and assertive framework.
  • Education on assertiveness and identifying the underlying beliefs that prevent the client from being assertive.
  • Educating the client on other communication skills that include: active listening techniques and understanding body language.
  • Homework: Using assertiveness scripts and worksheets to practice being more assertive.
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