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† This item and a detailed discussion of its use also appear in the book, “Group Therapy for Substance Use Disorders: A Motivational Cognitive-Behavioral Approach,” by Linda and Mark Sobell.

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Motivational Interviewing Materials

Timeline Followback (TLFB): Forms, Instructions, Calendars, and Excel Computerized PC and MAC TLFB Programs*

Translations of the Timeline Followback Calendars and Instructions

The MAPI Institute in France has completed several linguistic validations of the Timeline Followback (TLFB) instrument that includes a sample calendar and a set of instructions. A translation certificate for those validations is on this website. Currently, MAPI has linguistic validations for the following languages: Czech, Hungarian, Italian Slovak, French, German, Polish, Spanish (Spain) and Swedish. Translations of the TimeLine Followback that have been conducted by others are also available on our website.

To make new non-English calendars: For new calendars it is suggested that you download a TLFB calendar in English (e.g., 2014), translate the words from the sample translated calendar, and make your own calendars as needed in whatever language you want.

On May 10, 2012, the MAPI Institute gave us permission to put all of their linguistic validations of the TLFB on our website for others to freely use.

If you wish to seek other translations please contact the MAPI INSTITUTE:
27 rue de la villette | 69003 LYON | FRANCE
Tel.: +33 (0) 472 13 65 75 (Direct Line) or

MAPI Linguistic Validations of the Timeline Followback

Non-MAPI Translations of the Timeline Followback

Computerized PC and MAC TLFB Programs: Separate instructions are included in each program for administrators and respondents. If you have further questions after using a program or find problems with a program please email us.

    *Note: The Timeline Followback paper and pencil assessment forms and the TLFB excel computerized programs are copyrighted but can be downloaded and used without charge. There are 2 requirements: (1) do not alter the forms or programs without permission, and (2) appropriately acknowledge that the forms and programs are copyrighted.

Computerized TLFB Programs for Interviewing Collaterals/Significant Others

Self-Monitoring Logs

Preventing Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies (Project Healthy CHOICES)

Guided Self-Change (GSC)

The Guided Self-Change (GSC) treatment has been accepted for inclusion on the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) Empirically Supported Treatments (EST) website.

Group Materials (From Group Therapy for Substance Use Disorders: A Motivational Cognitive-Behavioral Approach, 2011)

Please note that Client Handouts and Homework for Group GSC Sessions 1 through 4 are identical to those for Individual GSC sessions are can be found in the section above this one.

Using Motivational Interviewing Materials in Group

Guided Self-Change: Smoking

Guided Self-Change: Smoking (Spanish)

Brief Situational Confidence Questionnaire (BSCQ)

Healthy Lifestyles Handout



Drug History Questionnaire (DHQ)


Family Tree

Goal Evaluation

Sleep: Primary Insonmia