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CBT for Kids: Thoughts, Feelings, & Actions

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for many mental and behavioral health issues. Research has shown that CBT can be effective for children as young as 7 years old, if the concepts are explained in a simple and relatable manner.

Thoughts, Feelings, & Actions is a colorful and inviting 4-page CBT worksheet packet for children and adolescents. Using simple language and examples, the first two pages describe the theory behind CBT, including thoughts, feelings, actions, and how they are connected.

The third and fourth pages ask your clients to apply what they have learned about CBT. This portion includes a crisp, colorful CBT model for clients to fill out themselves, and a page for generating alternate thoughts, feelings, and actions.

This worksheet packet will help children and adolescents understand how thoughts, feelings, and actions are connected, and how changing their thoughts can change their feelings and actions.

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1. Durlak, J.A., Furnham, T. and Lampman, C. (1991). Effectiveness of cognitive-behaviour therapy for maladapting children: a meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin 110, 204-214.

2. Stallard, P. (2002). Think Good–Feel Good.

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