Elizabeth N. King, Principal Psychologist, South Lanarkshire Council Psychological Services, UK
This flexible, innovative and evidence-based programme, underpinned by key psychological theories and models, will prove an invaluable resource for all those striving to engage and support children and young people to recognise their inherent strengths and to develop positive attitudes to learning.
Dr John Pugh, Principal Psychologist, Educational Psychology Service, St Helens Council, UK
Chodkiewicz and Boyle have produced an evidentially based programme of work that innovatively combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Attribution Retraining to promote positive self-belief in learning. This is a focus frequently neglected by mainstream intervention and reflects the authors' deep experience as educators, psychologists and academics. Materials within offer adaptability, utility and the opportunity for positive and preventative intervention supporting learner self-efficacy.
Prof Stephen Houghton, Director, Centre for Child & Adolescent Related Disorders, The University of Western Australia
This is a "must have" for anyone working in educational contexts. Based on sound psychological theories and research evaluations the Believing You Can programme delivers exactly what educators, students, and schools as an organisation need. Calling on their vast experience, Chodkiewicz and Boyle have developed an easy-to-implement programme with step-by-step instructions, supplemented with highly engaging materials which address the needs of young people who are at a critical stage in their social and emotional development. This is an "all round" resource which will not only prove invaluable to educational professionals, but also to academics who are involved in the training of teachers and educational psychologists.
Prof James Boyle, Director of Postgraduate Professional Training in Educational Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde
Chodkiewicz and Boyle combine positive psychology, CBT and Attribution Retraining techniques to improve academic achievement and wellbeing by changing students' negative and unhelpful thoughts. The programme is evidence-based, endorsed by participants in the 8-12 years age-group, and all materials and resources required to run eight sessions are provided in photocopier-friendly format. I strongly recommend the programme to teachers and psychologists.
Dr Fraser Lauchlan, Educational Psychologist, Strathclyde University, owner of Fraser Lauchlan Associates
To my knowledge this is the first resource book that combines Attribution Theory, Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to produce a programme that has the potential for making a real difference to children's lives. The programme is packed full of ideas, worksheets, resources and materials that will be invaluable to practitioners who are working daily with children who have problems with learning, as well as those with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Indeed, as the authors highlight, the programme has the potential to be beneficial to all children, regardless of any identified difficulty. I thoroughly recommend this book to educational psychologists, teachers and other professionals who are interested in making a positive impact to the lives of children, especially those most in need of support.
Mary Mountstephen, author, editorSEN Magazine
The authors of this programme are psychologists who have developed the resource to enable students to learn the difference between helpful and unhelpful thinking... Each of the eight sessions takes the same structured format, providing clear instructions, links to resources and links to 28 photocopiable worksheets. This is followed by a section providing modifications and extensions and posters. This has the potential to be a very useful resource for non-specialist teachers in search of a flexible and straightforward addition to their emotional intelligence resources.