Trauma Worksheets

Research shows that being exposed to traumatic events has negative effects on a person’s physical and mental health. Trauma is different from the usual day-to-day challenges in that it makes us feel threatened and may lead to mental health problems.

Trauma can be caused by different things, such as bullying, an accident, neglect, trouble at home, or the death of a loved one. No matter the cause, it's important to properly guide a person through their coping process. These printable trauma worksheets include positive affirmations, gratitude exercises, and grounding techniques.

What is Trauma?

Trauma in psychology refers to a person’s response to a frightening or distressing event. Such events can be anything that decreases your sense of safety. For example, an automobile accident, losing a loved one, domestic violence, witnessing violent acts, or an illness. Children who experience trauma can continue to feel helpless as they become adults, which is why it’s important to resolve trauma.

Signs and Symptoms of Trauma

Psychological trauma manifests as:

  • Mood swings
  • Anger issues
  • Withdrawing from peers
  • Having nightmares
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Blaming oneself
  • Reacting to trauma triggers (things that remind them of the event)

Types of Trauma

Trauma is categorized into three types — acute, chronic, and complex. Here’s more about each type:

  • Acute trauma: This results from a one-time distressing event. An accident is a common example of acute trauma. Even though a person has experienced trauma only once, they’re not exempted from experiencing trauma signs and symptoms.
  • Chronic trauma: This results from multiple and prolonged negative events, such as bullying in school, being neglected by a parent, and neighborhood violence.
  • Complex trauma: This is when distressing things happen over and over again throughout a person’s lifetime. For instance, a child who grows up facing different hardships. These events pile up to the point where a person simply concludes that life is so hard.

How Can Our Trauma Worksheets Help

Our trauma worksheets will help anyone explore the effects of trauma on their lives and explore healthy ways to cope with negative feelings. As individuals use our worksheets, they’ll be able to find strengths they never realize they had and eventually recover from their trauma.

How to Use Our Trauma Worksheets

Our trauma worksheets and handouts can benefit individuals in the following ways:

  • Many of our trauma worksheets are fillable PDF files. This means they can be clicked and typed into directly on a device. This is convenient for distance learning and telehealth services.
  • Our trauma worksheets can be used to highlight, or illustrate a specific mental health topic in the therapy room or classroom as part of a therapeutic lesson.
  • They provide visual and written engagement to support different modalities of learning, which can enhance traditional talk or play therapy.
  • They can be provided as homework to encourage individuals to be thoughtful about the lessons taught in the therapy room, practice the skills taught in the therapy room without the therapist’s support, use the handouts as engaging visual aids to post at home, and reference when they need a reminder to support their mental health, and review with parents, which allows parents and other caregivers an opportunity to support their children in using the skills they are learning.
  • When individuals return to the therapy room, the worksheets can be referenced multiple times throughout treatment to support long-term learning.