These are visuals to help introduce basic concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) during counseling sessions. Most of my students have difficulty understanding the abstract concepts of CBT and seeing how situations (triggers) and people’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior are separate from one another and yet all interact together.
I find it necessary to use pictures in my individual and group lessons to help make the key principles of CBT more concrete and easier to grasp. Students are able to visually see that triggers occur in their everyday environments, that cause them to have thoughts and perceptions of the situations, which influence their emotional, physiological and behavioral reactions.
While reading social stories and social-emotional books, it may be useful to have these posted nearby for reference and to facilitate discussion.
I have included two versions of the visuals, one with clip art of younger elementary students (PreK-1st) and another with older elementary grade levels (2nd-5th).
Visuals provided in both color and black&white print.
BONUS: Visuals are also provided in Spanish!
Use counseling visuals in conjunction with "What Are Thoughts?" digital presentation for Google Slides™ and I Have Thoughts Social Narrative
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