Punishment And Reinforcement Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on December 27th, 2017

Worksheet updated on June 25th, 2019

Punishment And Reinforcement Worksheet

There are many reasons why rewarding systems and operant conditioning strategies can be beneficial for a client. Whether it is to learn new parenting skills, communication skills, or leadership skills, understanding the process of reinforcement and punishment styles can be instrumental in a client’s therapeutic process.

While helpful skills to learn, understanding the difference between each type of reinforcement and punishment can be tough at times.

About This Worksheet

This is the Punishment And Reinforcement worksheet. This worksheet was designed to break down each type of operant conditioning:

  • Positive punishment
  • Negative punishment
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Negative reinforcement

It is designed to be used as a guide, as it provides the definition of each type of operant conditioning, along with three examples of what type is like for a recipient.


This worksheet is to be used as a reference sheet, as it does not provide space for the client to perform reflection work. The worksheet is great for those who are struggling with parenting issues, communication issues, family issues, and for professional development. It can be used in individual, family, and group counseling.

It is important for a therapist to thoroughly explain the definition and process of each type of conditioning before having the client apply it to his or her personal life and relationships.

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2 Comments On Punishment And Reinforcement Worksheet

  1. Cathy Justice

    This worksheet has typos. The bottom left box should be Negative Punishment and the bottom right box should be Negative Reinforcement.

    Love this site. Thanks for the resources!

    • Thank you for pointing this error out to us! It should be all fixed now.

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