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Believing you can is the first step to achieving - Christopher Boyle

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Title
Believing you can is the first step to achieving - a CBT and attribution retraining programme to improve self-belief in students aged 8-12
Author
Christopher Boyle
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20150421

Believing You Can is the First Step to Achieving is a fun and engaging programme for students in the upper primary years that teaches the difference between helpful and unhelpful thinking, increases self-belief and in doing so increases motivation to learn.


Do you ever hear students using phrases such as "I'm not smart enough to do this?" or "I know I am going to fail?" Combining techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attribution Retraining, this programme teaches students the link between thoughts, feelings and actions, how to challenge negative thinking and how to celebrate success. The structured programme includes a photocopiable student workbook, role play games and other activity ideas, and all of the instruction and materials needed to easily implement the programme in any school.

This will be an ideal resource for educational professionals looking to increase school attainment, support students who are underachieving, and encourage healthy and happy student development.

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Alicia R Chodkiewicz is a psychologist specialising in the areas of Educational and Child Development, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Alicia has completed a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Sydney, a Master's Degree in Psychology at Monash University, and is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of New England, Australia. She has ten years' experience supporting students of various ability levels both inside and outside of the classroom. She lives in New South Wales, Australia. Chris Boyle, PhD, is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Psychological Society and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His current position is as a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia. He is also the current editor of the journal The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist. He lives in New South Wales, Australia.

This flexible, innovative and evidence-based programme, underpinned by key psychological theories and models, will prove an invaluable resource for all those striving to engage and support children and young people to recognise their inherent strengths and to develop positive attitudes to learning.
Elizabeth N. King, Principal Psychologist, South Lanarkshire Council Psychological Services, UK

Chodkiewicz and Boyle have produced an evidentially based programme of work that innovatively combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Attribution Retraining to promote positive self-belief in learning. This is a focus frequently neglected by mainstream intervention and reflects the authors' deep experience as educators, psychologists and academics. Materials within offer adaptability, utility and the opportunity for positive and preventative intervention supporting learner self-efficacy.
Dr John Pugh, Principal Psychologist, Educational Psychology Service, St Helens Council, UK

This is a "must have" for anyone working in educational contexts. Based on sound psychological theories and research evaluations the Believing You Can programme delivers exactly what educators, students, and schools as an organisation need. Calling on their vast experience, Chodkiewicz and Boyle have developed an easy-to-implement programme with step-by-step instructions, supplemented with highly engaging materials which address the needs of young people who are at a critical stage in their social and emotional development. This is an "all round" resource which will not only prove invaluable to educational professionals, but also to academics who are involved in the training of teachers and educational psychologists.
Prof Stephen Houghton, Director, Centre for Child & Adolescent Related Disorders, The University of Western Australia

Chodkiewicz and Boyle combine positive psychology, CBT and Attribution Retraining techniques to improve academic achievement and wellbeing by changing students' negative and unhelpful thoughts. The programme is evidence-based, endorsed by participants in the 8-12 years age-group, and all materials and resources required to run eight sessions are provided in photocopier-friendly format. I strongly recommend the programme to teachers and psychologists.
Prof James Boyle, Director of Postgraduate Professional Training in Educational Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde

To my knowledge this is the first resource book that combines Attribution Theory, Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to produce a programme that has the potential for making a real difference to children's lives. The programme is packed full of ideas, worksheets, resources and materials that will be invaluable to practitioners who are working daily with children who have problems with learning, as well as those with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Indeed, as the authors highlight, the programme has the potential to be beneficial to all children, regardless of any identified difficulty. I thoroughly recommend this book to educational psychologists, teachers and other professionals who are interested in making a positive impact to the lives of children, especially those most in need of support.
Dr Fraser Lauchlan, Educational Psychologist, Strathclyde University, owner of Fraser Lauchlan Associates

The authors of this programme are psychologists who have developed the resource to enable students to learn the difference between helpful and unhelpful thinking... Each of the eight sessions takes the same structured format, providing clear instructions, links to resources and links to 28 photocopiable worksheets. This is followed by a section providing modifications and extensions and posters.

This has the potential to be a very useful resource for non-specialist teachers in search of a flexible and straightforward addition to their emotional intelligence resources.


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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Self-confidence in children.
Country of Publication
England

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