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Think Good, Feel Good. A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook for Children and Young People. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 4495057
  • Book
  • November 2018
  • Region: Global
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Newly updated edition of the highly successful core text for using cognitive behaviour therapy with children and young people 

The previous edition of Think Good, Feel Good was an exciting, practical resource that pioneered the way mental health professionals approached Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with children and young people. This new edition continues the work started by clinical psychologist Paul Stallard, and provides a range of flexible and highly appealing materials that can be used to structure and facilitate work with young people. In addition to covering the core elements used in CBT programmes, it incorporates ideas from the third wave CBT therapies of mindfulness, compassion focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. It also includes a practical series of exercises and worksheets that introduce concepts which can be applied to each unique set of problems. 

Developed by the author and used extensively in clinical practice, Think Good, Feel Good, Second Edition: A CBT Workbook for Children and Young People starts by introducing readers to the origin, basic theory, and rationale behind CBT and explains how the workbook should be used. Chapters cover techniques used in CBT; materials that can be applied in treatment; thinking traps; core beliefs; controlling feelings; changing behaviour; and more.

  • Written by an experienced professional with all clinically tested material
  • Fully updated to reflect recent developments in clinical practice
  • Wide range of downloadable materials
  • Includes ideas for third wave CBT, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Think Good, Feel Good, Second Edition: A CBT Workbook for Children and Young People is a "must have" resource for clinical psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, educational psychologists, and occupational therapists. It is also a valuable resource for those who work with young people including social workers, school nurses, practice counselors and health visitors.

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Online Materials

1. Cognitive behaviour therapy: theoretical origins, rational and techniques 1

The foundations of cognitive behaviour therapy 2

First wave: behaviour therapy 2

Second wave: cognitive therapy 3

The cognitive model 5

Third wave: acceptance, compassion and mindfulness 7

Core characteristics of cognitive behaviour therapy 8

The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy 11

The core components of cognitive behavioural therapy 12

The clinician s tool box 19

2. Cognitive behaviour therapy with children and young people 20

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with children 20

Adapting CBT for children and young people 21

Facilitating engagement in CBT 29

Common problems when undertaking CBT with children 36

3. Think good feel good: an overview of materials 46

Be kind to yourself 47

Here and now 48

Thoughts, feelings and what you do 49

Automatic thoughts 51

Thinking traps 52

Balanced thinking 54

Core beliefs 55

Controlling your thoughts 56

How you feel 58

Controlling your feelings 60

Changing your behavior 61

Learning to solve problems 63

4. Be kind to yourself 64

8 ways to be kind to yourself 65

Treat yourself like you would treat a friend 65

Don t beat yourself up when you are feeling down 66

Forgive yourself 67

Celebrate what you do 68

Accept who you are 68

Speak kindly to yourself 69

See the good in others 70

Be kind to others 71

    Treat yourself like a friend 73

    Accept who I am 74

    Care for yourself 75

    A kinder inner voice 76

    Finding kindness 77

5. Here and now 78

Do you really notice what you do? 78


FOCUS on your breathing 82

FOCUS on your eating 83

FOCUS on an activity 84

FOCUS on an object 85

Step back from your thoughts 86

Thought spotting 87

Step back from your feelings 88

Let them float away 89

    FOCUS on your breathing 91

    FOCUS on your eating 92

    FOCUS on an object 93

    Make a clutter jar 94

    Thought spotting 95

    Let feelings float away 96

6. Thoughts, feelings and what you do 97

Thoughts, feelings and what you do 97

How does it work? 98

What you think 99

Core beliefs 100

Beliefs and predictions 100

Unhelpful beliefs and predictions 101

Core beliefs are strong and fixed 101

Important events 102

Automatic thoughts 102

How you feel 103

What you do 104

    Putting it all together 106

    What you think, how you feel, what you do 107

    The negative trap 108

    Make a film strip 109

    My predictions 110

    Thoughts, feelings or what you do? 111

7. Automatic Thoughts 112

Me, what I do, my future 112

Why do I listen to my automatic thoughts? 114

The negative trap 115

Hot thoughts 116

    Hot thoughts 119

    My hot thoughts 120

    STOP thoughts 121

    GO thoughts 122

    Thoughts about me 123

    Thoughts about the future 124

    Thoughts about what I do 125

    What are they thinking? 612

    More than one thought 127

8. Thinking Traps 128

Negative filter 128

Blowing things up 129

Predicting failure 131

Being down on yourself 132

Setting yourself up to fail 133

    Finding thinking traps 135

    Thinking traps quiz 136

9. Balanced Thinking 138

What is the evidence? 138

So how does it work? 140

The four Cs 142

So how does it work? 143

How would you help a friend? 145

    What is the evidence? 147

    The 4Cs 148

    How would you help a friend? 149

10. Core Beliefs 150

Finding core beliefs 151

Challenging core beliefs 153

Talk with someone 154

    Finding core beliefs 155

    Are my beliefs always true? 156

    Common beliefs 157

11. Controlling your thoughts 161

Step back from your thoughts 161

Refocus your attention 161

Distraction 162

Absorbing activities 164

Coping self–talk 164

Positive self–talk 165

Thought stopping 166

Turn the volume down 167

Limit the time you worry 168

Test them 169

Throw them away 170

    Test your thoughts and beliefs 171

    The thought challenger 172

    Looking for the positive 173

    Positive self–talk 174

    Coping self–talk 175

    The worry safe 176

    Turn the CD off 177

    Worry time 178

    Practice being successful 179

    Thought stopping 180

12. How you feel 181

What feelings do I have? 182

Feelings and what you do 183

Feelings and what you think 184

Putting it all together 185

    Thoughts and feelings 186

    What you do and how you feel 187

    Feelings word search 188

    What feeling goes where? 189

    My feelings 190

    What happens when I feel sad? 191

    What happens when I feel angry? 192

    What happens when I feel anxious? 193

    What happens when I feel happy? 194

    Feelings and places 195

    The thermometer 196

13. Controlling your feelings 197

Learn to relax 198

Physical exercise 200

4–5–6 breathing 201

Your calming place 201

Relaxing activities 201

Stop the build–up 203

    The feeling strong room 205

    The anger volcano 206

    Learn to relax 207

    My calming place 208

    My relaxing activities 209

14. Changing your behavior 210

Being busy is helpful 210

Have more fun 211

Map how you feel and what you do 214

Small steps 215

Face your fears 216

Dump your habits 217

Remember to reward yourself 220

    Activity diary 222

    Things that make me feel good 223

    Things that make me feel unpleasant 224

    Have more fun 225

    Small steps 226

    Habit ladder 227

    Face your fears 228

    Dump your habits 229

    Reward yourself 230

15. Learning to solve problems 231

Why do problems happen? 231

Learn to stop and think 233

Identify different solutions 233

Think through the consequences 234

Remind yourself what to do 236

Practice getting it right 237

Plan to be successful 239

Talk yourself through it 239

    Identify possible solutions OR 241

    Ask someone who is successful 242

    What are the consequences? 243

    Looking for solutions 244

    Talk yourself through it 245

    Stop, plan and go 246

16. References 247


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