CBT Consulting advocates for using the cognitive-behavioral model in school-based mental health programs, for comprehensive evaluations and counseling services, because it adds valuable unique personal information about thoughts and feelings.
A psychoeducational evaluation obtained by traditional testing is valuable in understanding students' progress. It provides information about their general cognitive and academic skill levels and social-emotional status, which assists in appropriate school-based interventions. It also rules out potential contributing factors to their social-emotional difficulties. For example, when academic deficits or cognitive levels are addressed by academic modifications, there may be a noticeable improvement in their behavior.
A functional analysis may provide valuable information about a student's behavior, but would not adequately capture the socioemotional, contextual, cognitive, and affective components.
However, when students are challenged by social-emotional and/or behavioral issues, a case conceptualization approach from a cognitive-behavioral perspective will integrate the information obtained from a psychoeducational evaluation and functional analysis. By adding meaningful psychological information about thoughts and feelings, the interventions may be expected to be more focused and therefore more effective. Please, refer to the current CBT research in educational settings (e.g., Mennuti, Christner, & Freeman, 2012).
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Margaretha Kloots, PsyD
CBT Consulting offers cognitive-behavioral assessment and consultation services to help children, adolescents, and their parents who are suffering from anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, or shame.
As an outside consultant, Dr. Kloots may be able to help you discover skills and active strategies which make you feel better by focusing on the specific problematic thinking patterns associated with each of these moods, which makes you feel miserable.
According to the 5-part CBT model, our thoughts influence how we feel and act. However, the reverse happens as well: our thinking patterns and behavior are depending on our moods. In addition, physical and environmental influences interact with how we behave, feel, and think. They can maintain our problems or make them worse (Mind over Mood, Padeski, 2018).
By beginning to understand the interactive effects of this 5-part model, we may discover the key of why we are anxious, unhappy, angry, feel guilty or ashamed, and be able to benefit from matching strategies and skills, which not only make us feel better, but improve our life.