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Unread August 24th, 2010, 08:35 AM
eLayla eLayla is offline
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Default CBT and teaching/education?

Just curious, is anyone doing Cognitive behavioural therapy principles in a teaching context or helping teachers to incorporate it into lesson plans? Is it being taught to future teachers or offered as a specialist education - and where? (In my teacher training we only had basic psychology without any CBT or any clear guidelines.)
Or is this purely individual? (eg some people choose to be both teachers and therapists and pursue the necessary education for both).

It could be really helpful for teachers (as teaching can be very stressful) and for students as 'prevention'.

I can see for example 'room' for CBT techniques to be presented in language classes or in art or drama in education... There are 'crossover' books for humanistic psychology and language teaching (kids really enjoyed some of those exercises!) and for NLP (=neuro linguistic psychology) and language teaching - just curious if materials with CBT exist already?

Of course the 'more difficult cases' would be sent to specialists, I think a bigger percentage of kids could be introduced to the basics of CBT and this could have a good effect on society as a whole...

What are your thoughts on this?
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Unread August 26th, 2010, 04:29 PM
Rod Whiteley Rod Whiteley is offline
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Default Re: CBT and teaching/education?

See, for example: http://psychchallenge.blogspot.com/

I doubt whether it is meaningful to call it CBT, though.
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Unread August 31st, 2010, 09:36 AM
James Pretzer James Pretzer is offline
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Default Re: CBT and teaching/education?

Cognitive behavioral principles certainly are relevant to education and can be incorporated into many courses. However, it is important to think about the goals of education. Much of the work that has been done on CBT has been focused on treating clinical problems. Do we want our schools to be treating anxiety and depression or do we want our schools to teach history and math and have the mental health system treat anxiety and depression?

Quite a bit of research has been done on programs to prevent depression, anxiety, and other problems. Many of these programs have been tested in school settings or could be incorporated into school settings. Do we want our schools to be working to prevent an assortment or mental health problems or do we want them to focus on preparing kids for college and work?

Some CBT research has focused on building strengths (optimism, resilience, self-esteem, etc.) rather than on overcoming problems. These programs also can easily be incorporated into educational settings but is this how we want our schools to be using their time?

I'm inclined to think that trying to provide every child with a decent education is a big enough challenge for classroom teachers. I'm not sure it makes sense for teachers to be trying to treat or prevent mental health problems. It does make sense for each school to have school psychologists, social workers, and/or counselors who address mental health issues is the school setting to some extent. However, it probably makes sense to refer students who need extended treatment, preventive services, or strength-building to other community resources rather than trying to do all this within the school system.
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