The Power of Thoughts: Using Cognitive Behavioral Strategies
with Younger Children
August 16, 2021 @ 12:00-13:15 GMT
One of a school counselor’s most important jobs is to help our students make choices and practice behaviors that are positive and healthy. By examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies counselors can do just that. CBT is an evidence-based approach that is easy to implement in a school setting. But for younger kids, eight years and below, the concept is quite abstract, but not impossible!
In this workshop, participants will learn:
- What CBT is and why it is useful for younger students.
- Accessible, concrete, and effective strategies to integrate with younger students.
- How to use chaining (scaffolding) to introduce CBT to younger children.
- How to reinforce the strategies in the classroom and with parents.
Speaker: Makia Matheis, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Makia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a passion for working with families, youth, and young adults. You might also refer to her as a mother, helper, advocate, listener, agent for change, therapist, or counselor! Makia believes that we are all unique individuals with different backgrounds, values, and life experiences. Part of her work is understanding her clients, their difficulties, and focusing on their strengths.
Prior to becoming a therapist, she was a teacher. Through teaching, she found that the one-on-one working relationship with each of her students and the parents' alliance was an essential part of their learning and growth. After leaving the teaching field, she earned a Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in family systems. She has worked with adults, children, and families in various settings, including hospitals, public and private schools, and community-based organizations.
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