Rational Rhymes for Addressing Common Childhood Issues

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr. Jeffrey M. Warren, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library

Abstract: Music-based interventions are valuable tools counselors can use when working with children. Specific types of music-based interventions, such as songs or rhymes, can be especially pertinent in addressing the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of children. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) provides a therapeutic framework that encourages these types of creative interventions. Rational songs or rhymes can be utilized to challenge irrational thoughts, reduce unhealthy negative feelings, and encourage helpful behaviors. The purpose of this article is to provide counselors with a rationale for utilizing rhymes as therapeutic interventions when working with children. Additionally, ten rhymes are presented based on specific REBT concepts including: (a) the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, (b) demands, (c) low frustration tolerance, (d) awfulizing, and (e) self-rating.

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Journal of Creativity in Mental Health 6 (4)
Language: English
Date: 2011
Creativity, Counseling, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Music, Rhymes

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