This resource will help students understand, recognize, and challenge their negative thinking or negative self-talk. Everyone struggles with negative thinking from time to time. Many of the students we see for counseling struggle with thinking errors every day. They don’t recognize their negative thoughts or that it is causing negative feelings and actions. This resource helps them better understand their own cognitive distortions and the kinds we all might have. Use the resources included to help them recognize it, challenge it, and replace it with realistic, positive self-talk.
Flexible individual or small group session plan
Guide: How to help students connect thoughts, feelings, and actions
Thoughts - Feelings - Actions poster
Negative Thinking Psychoeducation
Different types of negative thought errors with kid-friendly terms
Negative thinking poster
Posters of each negative thinking error.
Negative thought cards (half page, small card)
Example negative thoughts
Example alternate positive thoughts
Exercises to Challenge Negative Thinking
13 strategies to challenge negative thinking (half page, small card)
Student-created plan to challenge negative thinking
Thought journal to track negative thoughts
Changing negative thoughts worksheet
Changing your thinking poster
Prior to using these activities, make sure the student understands the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and actions. They should also be able to differentiate between a thought and a feeling.
Who Should Buy This?
This resource is ideal for individual school counseling or within small CBT-based groups. School counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers with a background in CBT will get the most use out of this resource. Many parts can be used by special education and general education teachers in their work with individual students. Parents may also find this very helpful.
The resource is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and is perfect for students in 3rd-6th grade.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This resource is a gem! It got a lot of use with individual students last year, and I'm looking forward to having it as a go-to activity again this year.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Probably the most often used resource in my counseling office. LOVE!!!!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Love all of the great activities! A wonderful resource!
I have been working with a student who is very hard on herself and is so mean in her own brain about herself. I used this resource to help get the conversation started about negative thinking and the types of negative thinking that exist. She responded very well.
Very nice resource!
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