When emotions get in the way of a child’s daily life and disrupt their routine, CBT is an effective and developmentally appropriate treatment for a wide range of issues. But creating lasting change in therapy is hard work - especially when your client, who by nature is easily distracted, disengaged, or lacks the necessary development to retain therapeutic interventions.
Traditional therapy relies heavily on language, but when working with kids, you've got to do more than just talk
to find a solution – especially if your young clients have difficulties reflecting on their emotions and changing their own negative thinking. A great activity to help them develop their own inner voices and better process both positive and negative feelings is the Cognitive Behavioral Triangle.
In this exercise, your young client will identify two positive events and two negative events to complete the spaces in the worksheet. Then, they will discuss with you their thoughts about it, feelings related to it, and how these both may affect their behavior. Every child’s response to these activities will differ; sometimes a person’s response differs from what you think it should be.
This activity will give your young clients room to move from being overwhelmed by an event to having an event empower them into resilience and growth by bringing awareness of how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected.
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. Designed specifically to use with children and adolescents, this downloadable resource will help them work through emotions, thoughts, and feelings, while learning how to set goals.
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