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101 Life Skills Games for Children

Learning, Growing, Getting Along (Ages 6 to 12)

Bernie Badegruber

For parents, teachers, and therapists this book features games that teach important life lessons to younger children and teens. Aimed at children ages 6 to 12, this useful, fun game book is organized into three chapters: I-Games, You-Games, and We-Games. The games address aggression, resentment, honesty, flexibility, stereotypes, performance, self-confidence, respect, and group conflict.
The book also offers new strategies for such problems as how to integrate the new girl into the group and how to stop boys from fighting in line. Based on years of research, the book packs skill-building games with step-by step instructions and clearly specified objectives to help children grow as individuals and as part of a group.

22x15cm  176 pages  $29.95  
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101 More Life Skills Games for Children

Learning, Growing, Getting Along (Ages 9 to 15)

Bernie Badegruber

Contains activities that cover movement, concentration, relaxation, combat, cooperation, integration, and more. Written in an accessible style and featuring black-and-white illustrations, this book is organized into three chapters: I-Games, You-Games, and We-Games, and helps preteens and teens address important issues such as the importance of patience, self-confidence, love, and respect in a fun and relaxing way.

23x15cm  162 pages  $29.95  
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104 Activities That Build

Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Mangagement, Self-Discovery, and Coping Skills

Alanna Jones

Each of the 104 activities is simple to follow, requires minimal resources, and includes helpful discussion questions for follow up.
If you have a small group, large group or even one-on-one sessions there is something useful in this book for you. Games that can be used in any setting with minimal resources and on any budget! It's more than pen/pencil worksheets; it's interactive and fun.

15x23cm  271 pages  $47.00  
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Active Learning

Increasing Flow in the Classroom

Pat Hollingsworth and Gina Lewis

In this book experienced teachers share their most practical and engrossing ways to create optimal learning experiences for students. Knowing that the key to real learning and understanding is student engagement and enjoyment, the authors provide plans for complete lessons that motivate students through active involvement in the process of learning. Ancient Greece comes alive when students dramatize historical events. Architectural styles translated into movement, sound, and body shapes are easy to remember. Student-created board games make reviewing math facts fun. This book will assist teacher planning, improve lesson quality, and illuminate your approach to teaching. Measurable objectives, step-by-step procedures, optional teacher scripts, student handouts, evaluation tools, and enrichment activities provide structure for lessons to use in math, language arts, science, social studies, and the fine arts

28x22cm  195 pages  $49.95  
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Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning

Grades 6-8

Katia Petersen

These ready-to-use classroom-tested activities integrate easily into all subject areas. They empower students to solve problems, create a respectful and caring classroom, and educate the whole child. This book has 100+ easy-to-implement activities that let you "build in" (rather than "add on") social-emotional earning across all subject areas. Includes CD-ROM.

28x22cm  202 pages  $44.95  
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Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology

A Guide for Instructors

Jeffrey Froh, Acacia Parks, eds

This book presents a comprehensive set of fun, interactive classroom activities devised by contributors who are experienced teachers as well as leading scholars in their areas. Chapters cover all the topics typically included in existing positive psychology textbooks, emphasizing the hands-on experience that makes positive psychology courses so powerful. Extensive reading lists point interested readers towards a fuller understanding of the topics. The book is a rich source of ideas for all teachers of psychology, from novice to experienced instructors and is published by the American Psychological Association.

28x22cm  173 pages  $64.00  
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Be Positive Be Brave Be Confident Positive Education Resilience Program 1

Junior Lesson Plans with Victorian Curriculum Standards (for 4-8 year olds)

Barb Bellesini

This new Australian program teaches children Emotional and Social coping strategies. It equips teachers, students and parents with a toolbox full of lifelong building blocks to use when things to right or wrong. The underlying focus of this program is always RESILIENCE.
It is the basis for a whole school program, introducing the language, strategies and areas to be covered and built on in future years.
This book has lesson plans that are supported by the Junior Workbook (which can also be used at home so that families are also exposed to these skills).
Each lesson includes a game or meditation to commence, a story and/or song, a Circle Time activity and a follow up activity. In addition there is an 'At Home" suggestion for parents and a Personal and Social Capability Continuum Curriculum Standards for each lesson.

Package - order 4 of these and the cost will be $130.00 (This won't show when you submit your order)

30x21cm  40 pages  $40.00  
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Be Positive Be Brave Be Confident Positive Education Resilience Program 2

Junior Workbook (for 4-8 year olds)

Barbara Bellesini

The underlying focus of this program is always RESILIENCE.
This workbook is designed to support the lessons from the Lesson Plan book, and may be done at home to encourage follow up.
The program is MOST SUCCESSFUL when
* each lesson is followed up with the "At Home" section. This is a cue for parents to talk to their child about their thoughts, feelings and ideas, share experiences, and build new ways to communicate.
* reinforce Emotional and Social coping strategies.
* equip both students and parents with a toolbox full of life long building blocks to use when things go right or wrong.
* embed the KidsMatter slogans (used with permission)
* use Circle Time, where each child 'has a voice' every lesson.

Package prices - Order 5 copies @ $10.00 or 20 copies @ $8.00 each. (This will not show when you submit your order.)

30x21cm  48 pages  $15.00  
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Be Positive Be Brave Be Confident Positive Education Resilience Program 3

Gratitude Journal and Setting Goals (for 4-8 year olds)

Barb Bellesini

This booklet is for children to acknowledge their gratitude and say thanks for good things that happen to them each day, such as, I went to the park, My bed was warm and cosy, I had fun with my pet.
There are notes on the back of the book that give guidance about 'special' pages and a space to set some goals, as well as two Mandalas to colour in.

Purchase 20 copies of this book @ $5.50 each.

30x21cm  64 pages  $6.00  
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Be Positive Be Brave Be Confident Positive Education Resilience Program 4

Posters - A4 size

Barb Bellesini

This colourful range of 14 posters can be used when teaching this program. Posters address - Self talk, Calming down, Catastrophe scale, Bullying and cyberbullying, Controlling your feelings, Mood map, Being happy and positive, Circle time rules, Filling buckets. They are sold as a set and can be viewed on the Poster Section of this website.

30x21cm  14 pages  $42.00  
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Be Positive Be Brave Be Confident Positive Education Resilience Program 5

Posters - A3 Size

Barb Bellesini

This colourful range of 14 posters can be used when teaching this program. Posters address - Self talk, Calming down, Catastrophe scale, Bullying and cyberbullying, Controlling your feelings, Mood map, Being happy and positive, Circle time rules, Filling buckets. They are sold as a set and can be viewed on the Poster Section of this website.

42x30cm  14 pages  $84.00  
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Be Positive Be Brave Be Confident Positive Resilience Education Program 6

Package 1 (for 4-8 year olds)

Barb Bellesini

This package consists of
1 x Junior Lesson Plans
1 x Junior Workbook
1 x Gratitude Journal
1 x A4 Poster Set

$95.00  
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Be Positive Be Brave Be Confident Positive Resilience Education Program 7

Package 2 (for 4-8 year olds)

Barb Bellesini

This package consists of
1 x Junior Lesson Plans
1 x Junior Workbook
1 x Gratitude Journal
1 x A3 Poster Set
1 x A4 Poster Set

$160.00  
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Changing Behaviours in School

Promoting postive relationships and wellbeing

Sue Roffey

Changing Behaviour in Schools shows teachers how to promote positive behavior and wellbeing in a school setting. Taking an holistic approach to working with students, the author provides examples of effective strategies for encouraging pro-social and collaborative behavior in the classroom, the school and the wider community.

212 pages  $72.00  
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Developing Emotional Literacy with Teenage Boys

Tina Rae & Lisa Pedersen

Challenges young men to acknowledge the importance of emotional development and covers behavior-related issues. Statistics indicate that males make up a disproportionate number of children with behavior problems and with learning problems, giving rise to concerns about young men's ability to maintain relationships.
Providing comprehensive facilitator's notes, this research-based book, with accompanying CD-ROM, covers topics that include: Appearance Girl friends Sex Tolerance Drugs awareness Crime and punishment

28x21cm  160 pages  $62.95  
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Emotional Coaching

A Practical Programme to Support Young People Aged 7-15 with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (Incl CD-ROM)

Robyn Hromek

Young people's healthy emotional development is based on affirming relationships and positive experiences and for some young people the lack of these encouragements leads to personal, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. This pack provides teachers, mentors, assistants and others with all they need to support these young people through an 'emotional coaching' programme. Author is an educational psychologist in NSW.

17x24cm  80 pages  $98.00  
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Games and Activities for Exploring Feelings with Children

Giving children the confidence to navigate emotions and friendships

Vanessa Rogers

This is a fun, imaginative and creative resource designed to help children aged 7–13 get thinking and talking about their feelings and the issues that affect their lives.
It is packed full with games and activities that help children explore their emotions and express themselves positively. Activities surrounding issues such as peer relationships and friendships, bullying, offending, participation and citizenship are designed to build self-esteem, raise aspirations and increase motivation. They will also enhance emotional well-being and develop protective behaviours, encouraging children to speak out rather than act out, and helping to keep them safe and happy.
This is an ideal resource for all those working with children and looking for new and exciting ideas for games and activities, including teachers, youth workers, social workers and counsellors.

24x17cm  125 pages  $39.95  
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Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids

A Resilience programme for children aged 7-14

Stephanie Azri

Self-esteem, communication skills, positive thinking, healthy friendships, and dealing with anger, stress, anxiety and grief are all crucial parts of being resilient and having strong life skills.
Join forces with superheroes Steemy, Link, Zen, KipKool, Holly and Hally, Beau and Angel in this 10 session programme to boost resilience in children aged 7—14. Each session focuses on a key theme, and a superhero character helps to teach each skill, from overcoming anxiety to dealing with grief. A creative hands-on activity closes each session, and session summaries and tips for parents encourage children to continue learning and building their skills between sessions. An engaging comic strip story about the superheroes runs throughout the program. Sessions are flexible and easily adaptable for use in different settings and with younger or older children, and include photocopiable worksheets.
This imaginative resource is a complete programme, ideal for teachers, counsellors, therapists, social workers and youth workers.

28x22cm  173 pages  $42.95  
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Heart Masters - Middle to Senior Primary

Johnston, Guthrie, Fuller & Bellhouse

A program for the promotion of emotional intelligence and resilience in the middle to senior years of primary school. Help students to motivate themselves, persist in the face of frustration, control their impulses, regulate their moods, keep distress from swamping their ability to think, achieve their goals.

31x19cm  160 pages  $55.00  
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Heart Masters - Junior Primary

Bellhouse

A program for the promotion of emotional intelligence and resilience in the junior years of primary school. Help students to motivate themselves, persist in the face of frustration, control their impulses, regulate their moods, keep distress from swamping their ability to think, achieve their goals.

30x21cm  160 pages  $55.00  
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Heart Masters - Junior to Middle Secondary

Johnston, Guthrie, Fuller & Bellhouse

A program for the promotion of emotional intelligence and resilience in the junior years of primary school. Help students to motivate themselves, persist in the face of frustration, control their impulses, regulate their moods, keep distress from swamping their ability to think, achieve their goals. Helps children have a sense of belonging at school, be aware of their own feelings and those of other, control their impulses, put things in perspective and solve problems, and have friendly and positive relationships.

30x21cm  162 pages  $55.00  
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Merrell's Strong Kids: Grades 3-5

A Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum 2nd edition

Kenneth Merrell

Social-emotional competence�it's a critical part of every child's school success, and just like any academic subject, children need instruction in it. Developed by a top expert, these proven curricula will help promote the social-emotional competence and resilience of children and adolescents.
Divided into four age levels from kindergarten through high school, these innovative social and emotional learning curricula are filled with engaging, thought-provoking class activities that help students develop vital skills they'll use for the rest of their lives: understanding emotions, managing anger, relieving stress, solving interpersonal problems, and much more.

27x21cm  176 pages  $75.00  
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Merrell's Strong Kids: Grades 6-8

A Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum 2nd edition

Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann and others

Strong Kids is the fun and easy way to help your students develop the social-emotional skills they need to manage their challenges and succeed in school and life. Developed by a team of educational and mental health experts, this evidence-based, age-appropriate curriculum is low cost and low tech, proven to help increase students' knowledge of healthy behavior. Through engaging, thought-provoking classroom activities, students learn about emotions and the social-emotional skills they'll use for the rest of their lives: managing anger, reducing stress, solving interpersonal problems, and much more. This scientifically-based curriculum can run for 12 weeks, and lessons are easy to fit into your existing schedule (especially with the new options for breaking them into smaller chunks). Partially scripted lessons, handouts, and worksheets are included--all photocopiable and available as downloads--so teachers have everything they need to implement the program with little added cost or preparation.
A code provides access to downloadable materials
Covers Understanding your emotions and those of others, Dealing with Anger, Clear Thinking, Solving People Problems, Letting go of Stress, Positive Living, and Creating strong and SMART goals.

28x22cm  258 pages  $75.00  
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Pathways to Change

Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents (2ND ed.)

Matthew Selekman

Now in a fully revised and expanded second edition, this innovative, practical guide presents an effective brief therapy model for working with challenging adolescents and their families. Solution-oriented techniques are augmented by ideas from other therapeutic traditions.

292 pages  $64.00  
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Personal Well-Being Lessons for Secondary Schools

Positive Psychology in Action for 11 to 14 Year Olds

Ilona Boniwell, Lucy Ryan

This book offers practitioners working with 11 to 14 year olds a highly practical education resource for running personal well-being lessons, backed up by scientific research from the field of positive psychology.
The book is divided into six subject headings, with six lessons offered per subject area. This will allow you to run a programme with between 6 to 36 lessons. The six core concepts are: Positive Self, Positive body, Positive Emotions Positive Mindsets, Positive Direction and Positive Relationships. The lessons are easy to understand, to lead ad to manage and each lesson has a suggested 60 minute outline, a "how to" run the lesson, suggested homework where appropriate and academic references and resources.

30x21cm  216 pages  $65.00  
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Promoting Resilience in the Classroom

A Guide to Developing Pupils' Emotional and Cognitive Skills ( Innovation Learning for All )

Carmel Cefai

'In tackling the development of social, emotional and cognitive competence, Dr Cefai provides the relevant theory and practical guidance on how to apply the ideas in classroom practice... This book will be invaluable to classroom teachers, to staff working in support services and to those involved in teacher training.' - Professor Peter Farrell, Manchester University Resilience is a set of qualities that enable children to adapt and transform, to overcome risk and adversity, and to develop social competence, problem-solving skills, autonomy and a sense of purpose. For children and young people it is as vital to possess these qualities in school environments as in the family and the community at large. This handbook for teachers and educators explores ways of nurturing resilience in vulnerable students. It proposes a new, positive way of thinking about schools as institutions that can foster cognitive and socio-emotional competence in all students. Individual chapters examine effective practices in schools and classrooms, and assess a range of classroom processes, such as engagement, inclusion, collaboration and prosocial behaviour. The author makes use of case studies throughout to bring to life classroom activities and concrete strategies that will promote best practice for enhancing student resilience, and offers a framework that can be adapted to the existing nature, culture and needs of each individual school community and its members. Promoting Resilience in the Classroom is a valuable resource for educational practitioners as well as educational officers and policy makers engaged in school development and educational improvement

22x16cm  175 pages  $44.95  
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Raising a Thinking Child

Help Your Young Child to Resolve Conflicts and Get Along with Others

Myrna Shure

Based on years of research, this unique childrearing guide--which has been featured on Oprah--offers the renowned I-Can-Problem-Solve (ICPS) program which teaches children as young as four how to think in order to solve problems and understand their own and others' feelings.

20x13cm  224 pages  $28.00  
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Resilience, Volume 1

Personal Skills for Effective Learning

Annie Greeff

This two-volume set, designed for primary and middle school teachers, will help you promote self-managed, resilient learning in your classroom. These practical workbooks detail a holistic approach to developing your students' resilience through activities, theory, and reflective exercises. Volume 1 concentrates on resilience and emotions while Volume 2 includes sections on interpersonal and adaptive skills. Reproducible worksheets and facilitator’s notes make these books extremely teacher-friendly. Key learning points are included to remind the teacher of the main focus and to assist the teacher in understanding what the specific exercises aim to achieve. They can also be used to introduce or clarify the topic to the students.

22x30cm  193 pages  $49.95  
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Resilience, Volume 2

Social Skills for Effective Learning

Annie Greeff

This two volume set, designed for primary and middle school teachers, will help you promote self-managed, resilient learning in your classroom. These practical workbooks detail a holistic approach to developing your students' resilience through activities, theory, and reflective exercises. Volume 1 concentrates on resilience and emotions while Volume 2 includes sections on interpersonal and adaptive skills. Reproducible worksheets and facilitators notes make these books extremely teacher-friendly. Key learning points are included to remind the teacher of the main focus and to assist the teacher in understanding what the specific exercises aim to achieve. They can also be used to introduce or clarify the topic to the students.

22x30cm  202 pages  $49.95  
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Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom

Promoting Mental Health and Academic Success

Kenneth W Merrell, Barbara A Gueldner

This highly engaging, eminently practical book provides essential resources for implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) in any K-12 setting. Numerous vivid examples illustrate the nuts and bolts of this increasingly influential approach to supporting students' mental health, behavior, and academic performance. Helpful reproducibles are included. The authors offer clear-cut guidance on how to:
Choose the right SEL program for a particular school.
Teach SEL concepts to students, teachers, and administrators.
Weave SEL into the classroom curriculum to boost academic success.
Adapt interventions for culturally and linguistically diverse students and those with special needs. Monitor outcomes and maximize the quality of interventions.

27x21cm  174 pages  $46.95  
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Strong Start: Grades K-2

A Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum [With CD-ROM] New edition

Kem Merrell

Teachers work hard to give students outstanding instruction in academic subjects--but how can they teach social-emotional competence, the foundation of school and social success? Strong Kids has the answers. Divided into five proven, age-appropriate curricula from preschool through high school (see page 38 to learn about the NEW Pre-K edition), Strong Kids is the fun and easy way to help students develop the social-emotional skills they need to succeed: managing anger, relieving stress, solving interpersonal problems, and much more. And field testing shows the Strong Kids curricula generate positive responses from students and teachers and really help increase students' knowledge of healthy social-emotional behavior.

27x21cm  132 pages  $76.00  
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Strong Teens: Grades 9-12

A Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum with CDROM (Strong Kids Curricula )

Kenneth Merrell

This social and emotional learning curriculum is filled with engaging class activities that help students develop vital skills: understanding emotions, managing anger, relieving stress, and solving interpersonal problems.

27x21cm  176 pages  $76.00  
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Super Skills

Activities for Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum and Other Social Cognitive Deficits

Judith Coucouvanis

The title says it all! Super Skills: A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Challenges is SUPER at many levels. Based on a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the unique characteristics of individuals with ASD, Judy Coucouvanis presents 30 lessons grouped under four types of skills necessary for social success: fundamental skills, social initiation skills, getting along with others, and social response skills. Each lesson is highly structured and organized, making it easy for even inexperienced teachers and other group leaders to follow and implement successfully. A series of practical checklists and other instruments provide a solid foundation for assessing students? social skills levels and subsequent planning.

27x21cm  351 pages  $95.00  
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Teachers Do Make a Difference

The Teacher's Guide to Connecting with Students

Judith A. Deiro

Teachers make a difference not only in what their students learn about content, but in what they learn about life!
Closing the achievement gap and creating high-performing schools depends not on what we teach but how we teach. The most powerful and effective way teachers can help students overcome negative influences in their environment as well as succeed in becoming their best selves is by developing close and caring connections with them.
Developing quality relationships with students is key to their healthy development. Teachers DO Make a Difference gives teachers strategies, guidelines, and real-life examples of how to build and enrich close and trusting teacher-student relationships. This important new resource covers key topics including:
Setting high expectations for students
Conveying confidence in student capabilities
Creating classroom rituals and traditions
Networking with family and community
Developing strong interpersonal skills
Identifying relational resources
Communicating appropriate caring and respect in the classroom
Healthy connections with teachers are associated with a decrease in behavioral problems and an increase in social and academic skills. The relationships we develop with our students are at the heart of how we make a difference.

18x26cm  130 pages  $52.95  
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Teaching Social Skills to Youth 3rd ed

An Easy-to-follow guide to teaching 183 Basic to Complex Life Skills - Includes CD-ROM

Jeff Tierney, Erin Green, Tom Dowd

Features 183 social and life skills that will enable young people to manage themselves successfully at home, in school, at work, and in life. The specific behavioural steps needed to perform each skill, from the basic to the complex are included.
As well as including new skills related to social media, there is an index that cross-references the 183 skills to the five competencies of social and emotional learning - self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making - and also to the five types of executive function - social, emotional management, academic, moral/ethical, and independent living.

28x21cm  312 pages  $69.00  
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Think Good - Feel Good

A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook for Children and Young People.

Paul Stallard

Covers the basics of cognitive behaviour therapy and also explains the rationale to children and young people in an understandable way using real life examples familiar to them. Well worth considering, an excellent book. The practical series of exercises and worksheets introduce concepts that can be applied to each unique set of problems. Useful for psychologists, social workers, school nurses, and those who work with children and young people. Connected with a web-site as well.

22x28cm  186 pages  $68.00  
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Think Positively!

A Course for Developing Coping Skills in Adolescents

Erica Frydenberg

Using photocopiable and electronic resources, Erica Frydenberg provides teachers with strategies that will enable students to combat stress and depression in the classroom. Depression is being experienced in epidemic proportions in many Western societies, and there is great concern over the number of young people who are suffering, sometimes to the extent of committing suicide. This book aims to help prevent stress and depression by taking a positive approach to the promotion of health and well being in young people, giving them the skills to cope with the problems of everyday life at school and at home. Erica Frydenberg introduces the theory behind a cognitive behavioural approach to coping skills and offers a program of modules that teachers or other professionals can use with young people to train them in coping skills. The principle that underscores this program is that we can all do what we do better. If we do not like how we cope in certain contexts we can learn new strategies. It is possible to enhance and develop one's coping if we have a framework within which to do that. The program is designed to have universal application and can be taught in any group or class setting.

25x19cm  220 pages  $49.95  
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