Thinking, Feeling, Behaving

An Emotional Education Curriculum for Adolescents
Grades 7-12
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9780878225583
Item Number: 5274


An essential resource for helping students in grades 7 through 12 to learn how to overcome irrational beliefs, negative feelings, and the negative consequences that may result.

This revision is packed with 105 creative and easy-to-do activities. The activities include games, stories, role plays, writing, drawing, and brainstorming. Each activity is identified by grade level and categorized into one of five important topic areas: Self-Acceptance; Feelings; Beliefs and Behavior; Problem Solving and Decision Making; and Interpersonal Relationships.

Thinking, Feeling, Behaving is an emotional education curriculum based on the principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. It can be used in classroom or small group settings.

Book Reviews

Thinking, Feeling, Behaving offers great ideas for group counseling sessions designed to develop a sense of emotional understanding. The format allows for easy implementation by either experienced or beginning practitioners. In addition, the activities provided require very few materials, making it a cost-effective tool for teaching emotional awareness. With school districts across the country facing increasing budget constraints but the demand for creative social and emotional curricula as high as ever, this book is a valuable asset for any school psychologist working with adolescent populations.”

—Nigel Anderson, School Psychology in Illinois Newsletter

“It is critical for school districts to select a program that is empirically-based, cost-effective, and user-friendly. You will be delighted to know that Dr. Ann Vernon’s emotional education curriculum meet all of the above criteria. . . . Dr. Vernon presents a framework of emotional education with a total of 210 experiential activities that are applications of Dr. Albert Ellis’ rational emotive behavioral therapy. . . . I believe these two books are ideal for educators, counselors, and school psychologists who are looking for resources to foster healthy social and emotional development in their students.”

—Tony Wu, NCSP, Communiqué, National Association of School Psychologists Newsletter

“Ann Vernon has developed a curriculum that provides school counselors with lessons on all different facets of social and emotional barriers. . . The author provides actual scenarios that students can understand and relate to. . . The curriculum embraces the goal of positive behavior and flexible thinking. Topics presented in the lessons reflect peer perception, cliques, transition issues, and social pressures. . . a great resource for school counselors.”

—Deborah Hardy, New York State School Counselors Association Newsletter

“Ann Vernon has done a really marvelous job of providing a solid and challenging basis for primary prevention in emotional education.”

—Robert A. Harper, Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

“The major strength of Vernon’s curriculum is that it is very user friendly. It is well-organized in both the lesson plan format and the sequencing of the lessons.”

—Lamar Gunter, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal

Grades 7-8


  1. I Dare You
  2. Circles of Self
  3. Who Counts?
  4. Who’s in Charge?
  5. I Want, I Need
  6. I’m Not What I Do
  7. Accept Yourself!


  1. Who’s Responsible for Feelings?
  2. Talk to Yourself
  3. I Can, I Can’t
  4. Avoiding Anger
  5. Chain Reactions
  6. The ABC’s
  7. Emotional Overload

Beliefs and Behavior

  1. Wants and Needs
  2. What Will Happen to Me?
  3. What Will Happen to Others?
  4. Demand or Preference?
  5. Drop the Demands
  6. Challenging Irrational Beliefs
  7. Facts or Assumptions?

Problem Solving/Decision Making

  1. Staying Objective
  2. Problems and Peer Pressure
  3. What Can you Control?
  4. Delaying Solutions
  5. Imagining the Solution
  6. Looking Long Term
  7. Two Heads Are Better Than One

Interpersonal Relationships

  1. Should They or Shouldn’t They?
  2. How Irritating?
  3. The Conflict-Belief Connection
  4. Approval and Consequences
  5. Stand Up for Yourself!
  6. Accepting Others
  7. Cliques That Click

Grades 9-10


  1. Erase the Slate
  2. What’s important to Me
  3. Criticism
  4. You’re Great!
  5. Success/Failure
  6. Increase Your Successes
  7. Let’s See Some Identification


  1. Payoffs
  2. Reactions
  3. Moods
  4. Guilt and Shame
  5. Worry, Fear, and Anxiety
  6. Tough Emotions
  7. Think, Feel, Do

Beliefs and Behavior

  1. Copping Out
  2. Avoidance
  3. Why Cop Out?
  4. Tolerating Frustration
  5. Alternatives to Aggression
  6. Be Assertive!
  7. I’m a Believer

Problem Solving/Decision Making

  1. Signs of Stress
  2. What Makes It Stressful?
  3. Stress Management
  4. Action or Reaction
  5. Solutions
  6. Ripple Effects
  7. Difficult Decisions, Difficult Consequences

Interpersonal Relationships

  1. Mad at ‘Em
  2. Dependent and Independent Relationships
  3. Independent Behavior and Beliefs
  4. Resolving Relationship Issues
  5. Changing Relationships
  6. I Want, I Demand
  7. Group Norms

Grades 11-12


  1. Can’t Do, Won’t Do
  2. Down and Out
  3. Personal Power
  4. Avoiding Put-Downs
  5. Self-Worth
  6. Affirm Yourself
  7. I Am Who I Am


  1. Defenses
  2. Owning Your Emotions
  3. Thoughts and Feelings
  4. Coping with Painful Feelings
  5. Dealing with Depression
  6. In Our Own Best Interests
  7. Reduce the Intensity

Beliefs and Behavior

  1. Argue with yourself
  2. Control Your Impulses
  3. SDB’s
  4. Believing and Behaving
  5. Defeat the SDB’s
  6. What’s Influential?
  7. Up for the Challenge

Problem Solving/Decision Making

  1. Ideal Solutions
  2. Not a Problem, An Opportunity
  3. Put It in Perspective
  4. Rational or Emotional?
  5. Goals
  6. How to Decide
  7. Time to Decide

Interpersonal Relationships

  1. Change Them?
  2. Negative Feelings Towards Others
  3. Self-Talk
  4. Depend on Me?
  5. I Can’t Live Without Him/Her
  6. What’s Desirable?
  7. Toxic or Nontoxic

Sample activities: Worry, Fear, and Anxiety; Goals

In-service training or workshops can be provided for your school, facility, or organization. Dr. Vernon’s workshops are engaging, practical, and highly informative. For more information and available dates, please contact:

Ann Vernon, Ph.D.
Phone 520-405-2622

Reproducible forms and handouts for this title are available on our downloads page.

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