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"Thinking For A Change" has three main parts:

  1. Cognitive Self Change
  2. Social Skills
  3. Problem Solving


Lesson 1: Introduction and Overview

Lesson 2: Active Listening Skill

Lesson 3: Asking a Question

Lesson 4: Giving Feedback

Lesson 5: Our Thinking Controls How We Act

Lesson 6: Paying Attention to Our Thinking

Lesson 7: Recognizing the Thinking that Leads to Trouble

Lesson 8: Finding New Thinking

Lesson 9: Using Thinking Check Ins

Lesson 10: Knowing Your Feelings

Lesson 11: Understanding the Feelings of Others

Lesson 12: Responding to the Feelings of Others

Lesson 13: Preparing for a Stressful Conversation

Lesson 14: Responding to Anger

Lesson 15: Dealing with an Accusation

Lesson 16: Introduction to Problem Solving

Lesson 17: Step 1 — Stop and Think

Lesson 18: Step 2 — Problem Description

Lesson 19: Step 3 — Getting Information to Set a Goal

Lesson 20: Step 4 — Choices and Consequences

Lesson 21: Step 5 — Choose, Plan, Do Step 6 — Evaluate

Lesson 22: Self-Evaluation: What Else Do I Need

Copyright © 1997, Bush & Glick & Taymans

Thinking For A Change


The Thinking for a Change curriculum uses as its core, a problem solving program embellished by both cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions.

While each of the concepts are presented systemically, the participant quickly learns and appreciates that cognitive restructuring does require some cognitive skills methods, as does cognitive skills require an objective, systematic approach to identifying thinking, beliefs, attitudes, and values.

As depicted in the Program Outline, the cognitive restructuring concepts are introduced and emphasized during the initial eleven lessons of the program, interspersed with targeted critical social skills which support the cognitive restructuring process. 

-Thinking For A Change Manual -

Concepts & Definitions

Thinking   is what we say to ourselves inside our head.

Internal control   is control of our thinking and feelings.

Social skills   are skills we use to deal with situations involving other people.

Problem solving   is a skill for dealing with difficult situations.