Assertive Communication Worksheet
Worksheet published on April 25th, 2019
Worksheet updated on January 3rd, 2021
A huge part of successfully developing effective communication skills is understanding what it means to be assertive. Assertive communication skills are essential for clients who are learning how to express themselves effectively.
When a person is assertive, they are able to make their point and perspective clear. They are able to state their needs and expectations appropriately.
About This Worksheet
This is the Assertive Communication worksheet. This worksheet uses the DEARMAN method that derives from dialectical behavioral therapy. On this worksheet there is a breakdown of seven essential components of assertive communication:
- Directly describe the situation
- Express your feelings and accountability
- Assert your needs in a respectful way
- Reinforce what you have expressed and your perspective in the situation
- Mindful thinking is key
- Appear to be confident
This worksheet provides a step-by-step guide to assertive communication through these seven components that are listed above.
Before assigning this worksheet, it is important to review the contents of the worksheet with your client. Provide an explanation of DEARMAN and how helps to teach effective communication skills.
Assign the worksheet to those who are struggling to be assertive with their needs and expectations. Instruct the client to review each component of the worksheet before confronting another person. The client may take notes about their thoughts and what they want to express for each component. They may also take note of personal reminders for their behavior and expectations.