This interactive PowerPoint bundle is designed to help students recognize unhealthy thoughts, or cognitive distortions, and challenge them using cognitive behavioral therapy strategies. These lessons include many animations, visuals, and interactive portions, and are not the typical text-heavy PowerPoints. It's designed to keep your students engaged and retain the information longer by using visual metaphors. Bonus posters
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Overview of Bundle:
1st PowerPoint- Intro to Cognitive Distortions
•Begins by explaining our brains can sometimes distort information (using an optical illusion). Explains our brains also distort thoughts.
•Goes over examples of how humans often display irrational thinking.
•Introduces strategy of naming an irrational thought and challenging it.
• Students learn one general strategy to challenge irrational thoughts (specific strategies for each distortion are provided in the other PowerPoints). This strategy is to look at your irrational thought and think what you would tell a friend with the same thought. Viewing a thought from a distance takes away the emotions and helps them be more kind and rational when challenging a thought.
2nd PowerPoint-Cognitive Distortions Part 1
• Introduces 3 common cognitive distortions with specific strategies to challenge each distortion. The students walk through many examples of how to label and challenge distorted thoughts.
•Mind Reading Distortion
- This distortion is where you believe you know what people are thinking (and it’s something negative about you). Students learn about how they may project their thoughts and emotions onto others. They are taught to challenge this by asking themselves: “Do I know this is what they are thinking? Do I have proof?” “What are some other possible explanations?” “Am I projecting my insecurities onto them?”
- This distortion is when you put a label on a person, rather than an event or circumstance. Students learn to challenge this by changing the wording of their thought to label the event, not the person.
-This is a distortion where you think everything (even a small thing) is a catastrophe and that terrible things are always around the corner. To challenge this, students learn to change their wording to be more realistic about the odds something will happen, recognize that they can cope when bad things do happen, and remind themselves that worrying will make them less able to handle things.
3rd PowerPoint-Cognitive Distortions Part 2
• Introduces 4 more common cognitive distortions with specific strategies to challenge each distortion.
•Should Statements Distortion
- This is a distortion where you tell yourself what you should and shouldn’t do. These statements often come with shame and are connected to your worth.To challenge this, students learn to reword statements to exclude “should/n’t”. For example, change “I should get straight A’s” to “It would be good for me to get straight A’s.”
- This is a distortion where you exaggerate how often or pervasive something is. It often comes with extreme words like “always” and “never.” To challenge this, students learn to change the wording to be more realistic about how frequent something is. Change “always” to “often”, or “never” to “rarely.”
-This is a distortion where you either blame yourself for things out of your control, or you blame others for things out of their control. To challenge this, students learn to ask what factors they are and aren’t in control of and what factors others are and aren’t in control of.
•Mental Filter Distortion
-This is a distortion where you filter out all the positive things in your life or in yourself and only focus on the negative. To challenge this, students learn to look for and balance both the good and bad things in their lives and in themselves.
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