How To Get Started Using Truthought
Truth is anyone can easily get started using Truthought core curriculum with or without Truthought Training. Below are listed curriculum items along with brief descriptions and links to more information. Check out the Getting Started Overviews for working with Adults, Youth, and Children for more specific details regarding how you can get started with your population.
How to Track Results
Truthought Thinking Error Survey free online, use for pre/post or longitudinal studies.
Progress Tracking Forms free with each Workbook, and Charting a New Course free online
Workbooks for each learner depending on assessment
- Tackling Tactics—Prevention, Diversion, Intervention—Helps learners eliminate manipulative behavior and tactics that support negative lifestyles. Clear cut exercises aid personal application while learners keep a daily record of their tactics and attitude on a variety of Likert scales.
- Just Thinking— Diversion, Intervention—Cultivates mental discipline through examination of thinking that leads to errors in behavior while building character and skills for sound decision-making. Learners track their thinking daily in a system that corresponds to the Way of Life Poster.
- Stay on Track—Diversion, Intervention, Re-entry, Aftercare—Exercises focused on maintaining responsible thinking and assisting relapse prevention, aids in difficult decision-making, anger issues, and planning for the future. Learners track thinking and attitudes daily on Lickert scales and a system that corresponds to the Way of Life Poster.
- The Road Ahead—Re-entry, Aftercare—Learners prepare to expect the unexpected and respond responsibly while creating a better future through these exercises. Aids in the discovery of strengths and weaknesses while learners track thinking and attitudes daily on Lickert scales and a system that corresponds to the Way of Life Poster.
Group Curriculum—Charting a New Course
New revised version 2011 with new graphics, 24 new role-play scenarios, best practice recommendations for running Truthought groups, and hundreds of reproducible worksheets with lesson plans. You provide the lessons in any sequence you like choosing the topic and handout for your group according to the thinking and behavior you want to emphasize now. Provides hundreds of research proven options for running effective cognitive behavioral change groups. Use with open-ended or traditional group formats.
Posters and Pocket Guides
You will need a set of posters for each classroom, group room, and counseling office and a pocket guide for each learner. The posters and pocket guides uphold the standard by putting the thinking and behavior to follow or to avoid clearly on display. Learners are frequently asked to identify their Thinking Barriers, Responsible Thinking, or Tactic on a poster or pocket guide. TheStay on Track Poster is used for reviewing consequences, problem solving, and decision-making. The Way of Life Poster is used to prevent relapse, identify habit patterns, and find direction. The Pocket Guide is indispensable for counseling one-on-one, on the go, at home, or anywhere where hanging posters is impractical.
By referring to the posters and pocket guide facilitators decrease power struggles and eliminate an “us against them” atmosphere. Pointing to the Poster Series as the standard for facilitators and participants alike says to your students that you really care about them and the way they learn – within the realm of individual discovery, dignity, and mutual respect.
This fold-out guide has all of the information found on the Thinking Barriers, Responsible Thinking, Tactics, and Stay on Track Posters making it an indispensable tool and handy reference for learners and facilitators in one-to-one counseling, on the go, at home, or anywhere that the posters cannot go. Used as a bookmark or tucked inside a wallet, pocket, or ID badge provides easy access to this visual tool anywhere and anytime as learners discover their thinking habits and make life changes.
Bug Stories Package
Choose a Bug Storythat relates to the kind of thinking and behavior you most want to emphasize. Set the tone with a discussion topic from the THINKtivity Guide. Play the animated Bug Story online or have students read the print story. Next, select age appropriate written exercises, drawing activities, or crafts from the THINKtivity Guide that highlight character traits and important ideas. Hang the Bug Story Poster as a refresher for further discussion and activities in the days following. Introduce the Bug Story Song on CD with an interesting discussion topic and activity on another day. Use the static cling character stickers to emphasize related points throughout the week. Send an email to parents telling them how to access the Bug Story for their family online. Offer suggestions of how they can continue the discussion with their children at home.
Choose an animated Thought Buster Story online that relates to the kind of thinking and behavior you most want to emphasize. Set the tone with a discussion topic from the THINKtivity Guide. Play the animated Thought Buster Story online; use a projector to show it to a group. Next, select age appropriate written exercises, drawing activities, or crafts from the THINKtivity Guide that highlight the character traits and important ideas. Send an email to the learner’s family telling them how they can access the story and play it for the family online. Offer some suggestions of how they can continue the discussion at home.
Gets your staff up to speed quickly and cost efficiently by providing them with a universal language and understanding so they can get off the starting block and hit the ground running. Provides the skills you need to understand and identify Thinking Barriers and Tactics before they erupt into harmful behavior. Download your certificate with 2.5 clock hours upon successful completion.
Certification Workshop This workshop refreshes staff and pulls them together. It takes them beyond their individual ideas about “what works” to developing a system design that they all can agree and adhere to. Together they learn the difference between effective and ineffective approaches, expectations, and consequences. Then they build it into a system that creates a culture of momentum and change.