The errors in our thinking

Introductory Video:

Suggested activities

Activity Description Time
Introductory video Show introductory video 5 min
Video discussion Ask the students for their thoughts about the video and what they understood 5 min
Automatic thought identification worksheet Give each student a copy of the Automatic thought identification worksheet and ask them to fill it in with examples of automatic thoughts they have had themselves which made them feel bad or behave in an unhelpful way 15 min
Thought trial worksheet Give each student a copy of the Thought trial worksheet and ask them to pick one of the thoughts they wrote in the first worksheet (the one they think is most important) and fill in the Thought trial worksheet thinking of evidence for and against the thought to come up with a more realistic alternative 15 min
Summary Summarize the main topics discussed in the session 5 min
Total time 50 min



Automatic thought identification worksheet (Thought tracker)

Thought Trials


Suggested homework:

Ask the students to record five automatic thoughts they have throughout the week and pick one to “put it to trial” using the Thought trial worksheet


Other resources you may find useful:

– Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Skills Workbook by Barry Gregory – October 1, 2010

– The CBT Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians by Jeff Riggenbach – October 31 2012

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