In addition to our standard psychological services, Helena Valley Psychology has a number of programs available for schools and other groups . These programs are based on the highly thought of "Changing Tracks" model that was researched and developed by Lidia Genovese in her work with children, adolescents and adults. The Model is simplified so that a 9 year old can understand it. Thinking, feeling, behaviour and consequences and how it all works, is explained by using concrete materials. Children explore their tracks in a fun way then decide if and what behaviours/thoughts they want to change.
The programs aim to expand the awareness of young people so that they see the need to change, thus children are empowered to decide to change. Generally, children take care of themselves by acting out their discomfort, consequently, they cannot see the need to change since they are already doing something to alleviate their discomfort.
Please contact us for further information or if you are interested in having one of our programs run in your organisation.
Sunshine and Rainbows is written by Perth psychologist and teacher, Jill Lawson, for use by teachers or other appropriate school staff. The class or group program promotes and develops the social, emotional and cognitive skills of children from five to nine years of age.
The Changing Tracks Program consists of intervention strategies applicable to children from Year 4 (nine year olds) to adults. The programs are based on CABCAA, a cognitive behavioural model simplified to enable children as young as nine to understand how emotions affect cognition and cognition affects emotions and behaviour.
Tracking Success for those adolescents who are experiencing depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, poor self-image, lacking in confidence, difficulties concentrating, underachieving, poor social skills, self-harming and/or in some way behaving inappropriately.
“Changing Tracks Through Life Theatre” was written for difficult to engage adolescents. High risk adolescents are difficult to engage in any therapeutic program.
This Changing Tracks program is an attempt to engage this population through drama exercises that do not look like "therapy".
How is CHANGING TRACKS different from other CBT programs?
Although workshops are named "CBT for Young minds", the focus is on how we help children to “Change Tracks” . In today’s neurobiological terms, "changing tracks" means changing loops in the brain that cause us to run around in circles and instead help to develop healthier, more flexible tracks. The program focuses on "changing from the inside out" rather than the usual way of dealing with children and adolescents from the outside in.
The cornerstone of emotional health is self regulation. Self regulation can be achieved through both cognition or brainstem calming activities like relaxation, guided imagery, mindfulness and meditation.
The Changing Tracks Programs focus achieving self- regulation through cognitive strategies and relaxation/meditation.
The difference between the Changing Tracks programs and other CBT programs for children is the consideration that all humans create theories to explain and understand the world in which we live in. From these theories we develop beliefs about ourselves and the world. The Changing Tracks method attempts to give children an understanding how thoughts, emotions and behaviour work together to generate outcomes for them and how these outcomes in turn affect us leading to adaptation and why we may need to change.
Concrete materials are used to help children as young as nine acquire an understating the concepts and how all of it works.
The manuals for the Changing Tracks Programs, except Sunshine and Rainbows, are only available to those who have completed the appropriate training.
If you wish to attend a CABCAA training session, please contact Lidia Genovese via our Contact page
The author of the CABCAA - Changing Tracks Programs, Lidia Genovese wishes to maintain the integrity and effectiveness of the Programs. In order to achieve this objective the following conditions will apply to all Trainees and Accredited Facilitators.
1. Only people trained by Lidia Genovese or an accredited trainer from the CABCAA Institute may run any of the CABCAA programs.
2. Trainees must attend two days of training to become an accredited CABCAA Facilitator.
3. Trainees or Accredited Facilitators may not train others to run the programs.
4. All Accredited Facilitators will be entitled to become members of the CABCAA Institute of Personal and Professional Development. They are also invited to become part of a network to give and obtain professional support in the implementation of the programs.
5. Trainees and Accredited Facilitators are professionally bound by the "Code of Ethics for Facilitators" put out by the CABCAA Institute. Violation of the Code of Ethics may result in expulsion from the CABCAA Institute and the withdrawal of accreditation.
6. All program manuals shall remain the property of the trained facilitator, even in the instance where training has been financed by an organisation. Every trainee must purchase a program manual. Accredited Facilitators can purchase any program manual.
7. Accredited Facilitators have the right to photocopy any part of the program manuals for the sole use of facilitating the program process.
8. Research on the efficacy of the programs is welcomed and encouraged, however, this must be carried out in consultation with the author.
9. No part of the CABCAA program may be reproduced into another program without written permission from the author.
10. No part of the CABCAA programs may be reproduced in any form of media without written permission from the author.