Mental Health Intervention Program, Improving Mental Health For Kids- On Second Thought
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Smart Notebook Program for Windows-Still

Each Smart Notebook program includes:

  • 19 Session OST Program
  • Introduction to Parents
  • Homework Assignments
  • Answer Key for the OST Program and Homework Assignments
  • Student Guides
  • Student Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

While most youth are healthy, physically and emotionally, one in every four to five youths in the general population meet criteria for a life-time mental disorder. Evidence also exists that children’s social and emotional competence is connected to their cognitive and academic competencies demonstrated by their ability to learn and be successful at school. Therefore, school based mental health intervention services for children may help students achieve academically.
One of the most effective ways to assist in improving mental health in children is with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). On Second Thought from Iffy to Witty Thoughts (OST) is a computerized program intended to teach cognitive behavioral principles to upper elementary school children. This interactive smart notebook learning program helps children raise thought awareness and develop a better understanding of the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviors and consequences. Furthermore, through the use of idioms children recognize how to identify and replace a cognitive distortion with a more rational thought.
The OST program is offered on Smart Notebook for Windows in a still format.


This program is an interactive learning tool consisting of 19 activities made up of 566 slides that help kids  understand how their thoughts affect their feelings and behavior.  In addition, this program helps kids learn how to change their thoughts from unhelpful to helpful.

This program is based on the work of Dr.’s Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck and David Burns who are pioneers in researching the relationship between unhelpful thoughts and how they affect feelings and behaviors. Dr. Busto and Paula Busto have adapted these concepts and turned them into a kid friendly program. Using colorful and comically illustrated idioms that are couched in interactive activities and real life stories, children become aware that their first thought may not be the best choice.

The Power of Thought: Helping children learn how to think their way to feeling good.

Participants will understand basic principles of thought and readily learn that:  how they think affects how they feel, what they do and what happens. This program further highlights unhelpful and helpful thoughts and offers children the opportunity to recognize the value of replacing an “iffy” thought with a “witty” one.

Explore the program sample activities