Cognitive Theory : Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Educational Settings
Rebecca Yoder
John Carroll University Abstract
Cognitive theories are believed to centralize around the idea that a thought is the cause for emotions. Cognitive theory has directly influenced the development of other cognitively based therapies that provide a more in-depth and concentrated approach to the presenting problems of a client. Specifically, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one division of the cognitive theory that focuses on the link between cognitions (thoughts) and the behaviors presented due to the cognitions. Therapies using cognitive theory implement several techniques that are proven effective in treating mental disorders throughout various settings. This paper describes the author’s experience and approach to counseling in relation to specific cognitive theories, as well as the ways in which specific theories will be implemented in to the educational setting. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach that links an individuals’ beliefs to the behaviors that they display. Concepts of CBT focus on changing target behaviors into new desired behaviors and disputing irrational thoughts an individual may have and helping the person to work through those thoughts in order to make positive changes. CBT drew my attention immediately because of personal experiences and my experiences with students I have taught in the school system. These experiences and the research I completed
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