About Psychology Tools
Psychology Tools was set up in 2008 by Dr Matthew Whalley, a Clinical Psychologist working in Reading (UK). It was designed as a way to develop and share materials useful to psychological therapists. Psychological therapy is about increasing wellbeing, and I'm interested in using the power of the internet as a tool to serve that purpose by disseminating psychological knowledge in new ways.
I originally set up the site to make sure that I always had access to a small toolbox of cognitive behavioral therapy resources – it's heartening to know that therapists all over the world find this helpful too. I have a particular interest in developing resources to improve best practise in delivering evidence-based CBT interventions. Over time I've become more interested in creating materials which explain complex concepts as simply and clearly as possible, making the best use of design and typography that I can.
Many of the ideas here are not my own, and I gratefully acknowledge the therapists and researchers who have shared their insights with the world. I am also tremendously grateful to the clients I have worked with who have helped me to refine these resources, and who continually help me to understand the magic of therapy. I always try to cite the original source of ideas – please let me know if I've missed a citation. Contributions to Psychology Tools are always welcomed: if you have created any materials that you would like to share please consider sending them in.
Psychology Tools accepts no liability for any consequences arising from the use of any of the resources made available on this website: good practice guidelines suggest that professionals should work within the bounds of their own competencies. Materials supplied here are intended to support good practice, not to replace it.
Material hosted on Psychology Tools is provided for educational purposes. Every effort is made to ensure that materials hosted on the site do not infringe on the copyright of any third party, but this relies to some extent upon the good faith of contributors. If you are a copyright holder and feel that material hosted on Psychology Tools has infringed upon your rights please get in touch. Psychology Tools cannot take responsibility for content linked-to on external websites.
License & copyright
I have had the pleasure of working with many psychologists who have been unfailingly generous with their time and expertise - they have been willing to share their knowledge freely. Psychology Tools materials are available in the same spirit. They are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. This means you are free to download, copy, share, and use the materials - although you can't do so commercially. You are also free to create derivative works: all I ask is that you share them under the same license conditions, and acknowledge where they came from. I love it when people share the materials, but would prefer you to link to the original documents rather than host copies on other websites (e.g. http://media.psychologytools.com/worksheets/english-us/behavioral_experiment_en-us.pdf).
Frequently asked questions
Q: Can I use these resources in a session with my client?
Q: Can I give away copies of these resources?
A: Yes - you are welcome to print them for your clients, to email copies, or to direct clients towards the website
Q: Can I modify these resources?
A: Yes, but you must acknowledge Psychology Tools on the new document and share them under the same terms you find here (i.e. non-commerically, under the same Creative Commons license)
Q: Do I have to pay to use these resources?
A: No - they are free to use
Q: Can I sell these worksheets?
A: No, they are to be shared freely
Q: Can I put these worksheets on my website?
A: No. You are very welcome to link to the versions on Psychology Tools but please don't host them on your own site. Linking to them rather than hosting them directly will save you bandwidth and means your clients will always get the latest version of a worksheet.
Q: Can I include these materials in a book that I'm writing?
A: If you would like to include Psychology Tools materials in a book then contact me with details of your publishing agreement and your proposed use of Psychology Tools materials. Be aware that I'm also working on some books including these materials so may not always be able to say yes.
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Get in touch
I love getting feedback about the site. Do get in touch if you have any comments, suggestions, compliments, or complaints:
contact [at] psychologytools.com