Rational Behavior Training

Rational Behavior Training Program

Rational Behavior Training (RBT) teaches that feelings and thoughts comes from our attitudes and beliefs.  Attitudes are our basic thoughts and feelings about ourselves and the world around us. Beliefs are ideas or principles or values that we use to evaluate ourselves and other people. Simply put, beliefs and thinking control the way we act towards others. The Ingham County Youth Center uses the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention approach to help its residents solve problems in life.

The Cognitive Behavior Training Curriculum (CBT 2.0) is the treatment modality used to work with residents. CBT 2.0 focuses on three themes: We are all Connected, Recognizing Automatic Thoughts and Thinking of New Ways to Respond. The concepts within CBT 2.0 are:

  • Thinking Chain (situation – thinking – feelings – consequences)
  • Perceptions (facts and events)
  • Self Talk (positive and negative)
  • Hot thoughts, automatic thinking and triggers
  • S.A.F.E.R. (wants vs. needs)
  • A.F.R.O.G. (rational vs. irrational thoughts)
  • Feelings (healthy and unhealthy feelings)
  • Six Irrational Beliefs (I stink, you stink, robot, namby pamby, fairy tale, doomsday)
  • Camera View
  • Underline Core Beliefs
  • Stop, Look and Listen (who is in control)

RBT Processing Tools Include:

  • Rational Self Analysis (RSA)
  • Targeted Thinking Report
  • Personal Self Change Exercise
  • Scope of Consequences Worksheet

Interventions Involving Emotional Regulation and Affect

Control at the Youth Center

  • Therapy Dogs
  • Yoga
  • Sensory Objects and Stress Balls
  • Gardening
  • Aroma Therapy and Essential oils
  • Weighted blankets
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Art Therapy
  • Kinetic / Play Sand
  • Music