Communication Styles Worksheets

Download our communication styles worksheet and encourage your clients to reflect on their methods of communication. With this tool, your clients will achieve their desired outcomes and quickly become apt communicators.

By Matt Olivares on Mar 06, 2024.

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What is a Communication Styles Worksheet?

Communication styles vary, and it is often the case that individuals will have their own way of communicating with others. While there are undoubtedly situations that require different types of communication, it is a good idea to reflect on how you communicate with others and whether or not the way you communicate is appropriate. When talking about communication styles, there are typically four different types: passive, assertive, passive-aggressive, and aggressive. There are some fairly significant differences between each of these styles, and many people are likely to agree that the assertive style is the most effective means of communication. As such, people who find it difficult to communicate with others may receive therapy treatment to help target this, which is where our communication styles worksheet comes in handy.

This resource has been designed to encourage clients to consider how each of the communication styles applies to different scenarios, before reflecting on how they themselves have communicated recently. Using the information in the completed worksheet, therapists can develop a treatment plan that specifically targets areas that may require improvement.

Printable Communication Styles Worksheets

Download these Communication Styles Worksheets and help teach your client the four main communication styles.

How To Use This Communication Styles Worksheet

Using our communication styles worksheet is extremely easy. If you are already familiar with this process, feel free to skip to the next section, where we provide a completed communication styles worksheet example with fictional client responses. Otherwise, here are the steps we recommend you follow to get the most out of our resource:

Step One: Download the template

Naturally, the first thing you need to do is access and download the template. There is a link to both the template and the sample worksheet on this page, and if you click on these links the resource will open in a PDF reader. From there, you can save the worksheet to your device so it can be distributed at a later date.

Step Two: Distribute the worksheet to patients

This communication styles worksheet has been designed to be completed primarily by your clients. While you may assist them by explaining certain concepts, the worksheet will be most useful if it reflects the client’s experiences. In order to complete the worksheet, your client will be required to do the following:

  1. Consider these scenarios: The first section of the worksheet asks the client to write a possible response to various scenarios using each of the communication styles. This task will deepen their understanding of what each style may look like, as well as encourage them to think about which response would be most appropriate.
  2. Reflect on their own communication: Next, the client is asked to complete a reflection table based on their own communication. This includes describing an experience, how they responded, and whether a different type of communication style would have been more appropriate. 

Step Three: Use the completed worksheet during your sessions

After your client has completed the worksheet, you should encourage them to bring it into their next session. You can go over their responses together, deepen your understanding of your client’s needs, and start to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Step Four: Store securely

Lastly, completed worksheets contain confidential client information and as such, they should be stored securely. You can either store the worksheets in a physical location or use an online EHR system – both of these options are fine, provided they are HIPAA-compliant.

Communication Styles Worksheet Example (Sample)

If you work better with visual information then this section is for you. We’ve created a sample completed worksheet with responses to each of the sections, so you can get a better understanding of how the resource functions. While every client will respond to the worksheet in different ways, this sample should give you a good insight into possible answers.

Download this Communication Styles Worksheet Example (Sample) here:

Communication Styles Worksheet Example (Sample)

Who Can Use these Printable Communication Styles Worksheets (PDF)?

As the title suggests, the communication styles worksheet is mainly targeted toward clients who are looking to improve their communication skills. Realistically, this type of therapeutic goal could apply to a broad range of clients being treated for different things, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship Issues and/or Divorce
  • Family Problems 
  • Anger Management
  • Addiction
  • Grief 

Further, any of the following clinicians would benefit from using this worksheet:

  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers

Why Is This Form Useful For Therapists?

This worksheet has a variety of different uses for therapists. Some of these uses include:

  • Insight into client experiences: Because this worksheet is designed to be completed by the client, it provides an effective insight into the client’s experiences. We recommend encouraging your clients to be as honest in their responses as possible, so you can gain a better understanding of their communication styles and perception of the world around them. 
  • Go paperless: Our worksheet can be completed entirely online, allowing your therapy practice to go paperless. Reducing your use of paper will save your practice printing-related costs, as well as the obvious advantage of being environmentally friendly. Additionally, using an online EHR platform to store your documents has been shown to be a highly effective way of ensuring patient privacy, as these systems are often HIPAA-compliant.
  • Organization: With this worksheet, your practice will also be able to elevate its organization. The template is pre-formatted, meaning you won’t have to spend any time structuring the worksheet and can instead get straight to handing it out to your clients.
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Why Use Carepatron For Communication Styles Worksheet Software?

Carepatron is a leading practice management software in today’s healthcare industry that can help your therapy business automate its administrative processes. In addition to this communication styles worksheet, Carepatron has a robust set of resources that will help you improve organization and keep your clients involved in their own care. These can be accessed from the Carepatron platform, as well as stored on the HIPAA-compliant EHR system. For clients looking to play a more involved role in their care, Carepatron also offers a secure client portal that displays payment and appointment information, as well as any pertinent clinical documentation.

Carepatron goes above and beyond providing useful resources to therapy practices. With tools targeting appointment scheduling, clinical documentation, note-taking, medical billing, medical coding, and mobile health, the platform is guaranteed to provide your practice with solutions that will enable you to achieve your goals.

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What is a Communication Styles Worksheet?
What is a Communication Styles Worksheet?

Commonly asked questions

What is a Communication Styles Worksheet?

A communications style worksheet is a resource that therapists use to engage their clients in their care and guide them toward their treatment goals. These worksheets can vary in their content depending on the client’s specific needs, and ours encourages clients to consider different responses according to each communication style, as well as reflecting on their own day-to-day experiences.

When to use Communication Styles Worksheets?

When you choose to distribute the communication styles worksheet is entirely up to you. This worksheet is likely to be beneficial regardless of your client’s age of the severity of their condition, so we would recommend giving it to any clients that are having difficulties with their communication. Because the worksheet can effectively inform treatment plans, we also think it is a good idea to give it to your clients as early on in their treatment process as possible.

Who completes Communication Styles Worksheets?

The communication styles worksheet should be primarily completed by clients. It is likely that you’ll have to go through each of the different styles with your clients and explain how they each work, but the responses included on the worksheet should come directly from your clients.

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