TF-CBT Triangle of Life
By Allegheny Health Network
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TF-CBT Triangle of Life – Understanding the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors
• Designed to assist therapists in treating traumatized children and adolescents
• Enjoyable, educational, transformational
• Produced with the clinical experts who developed Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Traumatic experiences such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, gun violence, physical abuse, traumatic deaths, wars and accidents often have a very detrimental impact on children. This can cause recurring negative thoughts which lead to negative feelings, and behaviors. During this novel game, the player, the Lion in a jungle story, helps Fish, Monkey, Panther and other animals understand their daily experiences and practice generating more positive or helpful thoughts in upsetting circumstances which can lead to more positive feelings and more adaptive behaviors.
The game is accessible on iPad and Android tablets. It can potentially help any player better understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and develop strategies to improve their lives.
Feedback from users:
“The Triangle of Life app has been a valuable tool to teach kids the building blocks of CBT in an engaging, interactive way. My patients enjoy playing this game, and more importantly, are more easily able to understand how to examine and challenge their negative thoughts. “
“The Triangle of Life game is an easily accessible and highly entertaining tool for teaching children about cognitive processing. Children readily identify with the animals in the game and quickly learn that the way they think about their situations makes a difference in how they feel and behave. The game also shows children how negative thoughts can be challenged and replaced with thoughts that are more accurate and helpful. I enthusiastically recommend the game to any therapist who has ever wondered how to make cognitive processing more relevant and fun for their young clients.”
TF-CBT Triangle of Life received an honorable mention in the United Nations PEACEapp competition: http://www.unaoc.org/peaceapp-blog/peaceapp-winners-announced/
For details on how to become certified in TF-CBT: https://tfcbt.org/
I've used this with several clients ages 6-12 and they have loved it! The game teaches children to connect thoughts, feelings, and actions. It's effective for teaching CBT, even to non traumatized children. I find that sometimes children have to complete the whole game 2 or 3 times in order to really get the concepts, because during the first round they're focused on passing the levels more than on learning the CBT skills. My only request is- please add more levels! Thank you for a fun therapeutic tool. It's pure genius.
Problem with panthers chapter
My clients loved this app and it kept them engaged when talking about thoughts, but they can not get the last thought stone in panthers chapter. It means there is no way to finish the game. Please fix the glitch in the second to last chapter.
I can see how this app will be very useful for children. Even as an adult though, it helped me brush up on my basic CBT skills.