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'Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile' - Bertrand Russell .. and teachers, parents and carers worry that the decisions that children and young people make might be unwise or dangerous. Decision making is a skill involving both a cognitive and an affective process. The ability to: " recognize the thoughts and feelings; " consider the consequences; " choose the best outcome; is a highly valued facility leading to resilience, achievement and responsibility. The skill can be taught and in these three volumes the authors provide all the materials needed to teach a course on decision making at each age level. The programme provides a menu of stories related to the real life experiences of the young people. Topics are selected to be age appropriate and the series includes: " Stealing; " Lying; " Social behaviours; " Risks; " Justice; " Loss,Grief and Bereavement; " Prejudice; " First love; " Disability; " Leaving home; " Family relationships. The teacher notes indicate 'stopping points' where reflection and discussion is encouraged. A choice of endings is offered or the young people can develop their own ideas about what might happen next. The course can be introduced at any age or used to develop the skills through school life from early years to the teens.

Introduction and Background
Introduction and background

Traditional behaviourist views of behaviour see it as being a function of the environment whilst cognitive views of behaviour deem it to be a product of personal variables (Kendall 1993). These contrast to the Cognitive Behavioural model which views personal variables, that is, thoughts and feelings and the environment as forming a ‘mutual influence system’. As Kendall states:

‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on how people respond to their cognitive interpretations of experiences rather than the environment or the experience itself and how thoughts and behaviours are related. It combines cognition change procedures with behavioural contingency management and learning experiences designed to change distorted or deficient information processing.’

This approach is basically based on the premise that personal ‘problems’ tend to occur due ...

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