Principles of CBT, Interactive Learning Program - On Second Thought
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Smart Notebook Program for Windows-Animated

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

Studies have shown the value of developing comprehensive school mental health programs in helping students achieve academically. One of the most effective ways of improving children’s mental health is through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a therapeutic approach that helps children and adults increase helpful thoughts and decrease unhelpful ones. The On Second Thought: From Iffy to Witty Thoughts (OST) Program is a psycho educational tool that has adapted salient principles of CBT. This interactive learning program combines these cognitive principles with Smart Notebook technology. Therefore, OST is an essential learning tool for any professional teaching cognitive behavioral principles to children.The OST program is offered on Windows in an animated 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