This is a bundle of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) resources for small group counseling or individual counseling. The components are focused on helping students understand their feelings, manage negative thinking, develop coping skills, take the perspectives of others, and problem solve situations. Games, hands-on activities, lessons, and reinforcement plans are included.
The Helper Squad is a set of engaging characters that I developed to help elementary aged-students access the more abstract concepts that are part of CBT. The characters are presented as helpers as students learn the new skills.
Chief Emotional Officer (CEO): helps you identify how you are feeling, how strong your feelings are, and how you usually feel in certain situations.
Dr. Positive: helps you analyze automatic negative thoughts and find the evidence. She uses a step by step process to look for thought errors and makes sure you are using all the facts.
Coping Captain: helps us figure out what coping skills to use when our feelings and thoughts are overwhelming. He makes sure we are able to calm down so we can make positive choices.
Impact Inspector: helps things have gone wrong. She takes a close look at the impact of actions on you and others, and how the impact would change with different behavior.
Fantastic Fix-It: helps after a situation has gone badly and finds real ways to try to make the situation better.
CBT Helper Squad Game: Practice all the Helper Squad skills using age-typical scenarios.
CBT Game for Anxiety: Focused on anxiety provoking situations and using Helper Squad Skills.
CBT Game for Anger Management: Focused on anger provoking situations and using Helper Squad Skills.
Coping Skills Workbook: Helps students develop personal coping skill strategies that they can use when they are struggling with strong emotions and challenging situations.
Perspective Taking Lesson and Activities: Helps students look at others’ perspectives, the impact of their actions, and make plans for good choices.
Positive Thinking Workbook: Activities to help students challenge automatic negative thoughts and develop positive thinking habits.
How to Say Sorry - Lesson and Activities: Great for reinforcing all 5 SEL competencies.
Feelings Activities and Games: Perfect to develop emotional awareness.
CBT Problem Solving Maps