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/
Updated application to support iOS 11.
Ratings and Reviews
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.
How to get around the glitch
I downloaded this on the iPad and I’m really impressed with it with one exception, On the panther level your child might get very frustrated because there’s a glitch. If you get the thought stones in order the third one will disappear before you can get it. The way around this is to get the first stone, Skip the second stone, Get the third stone, Then come back for the second stone! I see from Other reviews this has been a problem for a while And I really don’t understand why the developers don’t fix it. This is an incredible app so much potential for more levels. I have a son who has school induced PTSD And we are trying to find resources to help him. There’s really not much like this out there, so developers please please please fix this glitch and add more levels!
Helps kids (and even some adults) see the difference between thoughts, feelings, and actions and how they relate to each other. My only suggestion would be to please add more levels, as all levels can be completed in 15 minutes or so.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.