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Theories Behind the Program

The Get GRIT Program is based on strategies and evidence-based techniques drawn from Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Growth Mindset theory.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) involves a combination of cognitive and behavioural concepts and techniques through a process of re-education.  CBT links cognitions to feelings and behaviours and encourages students to reflect on their beliefs and thinking about themselves and other people and their resulting behaviours.  CBT can help break the cycle of unhelpful negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours. 

Growth Mindset Theory

Growth Mindset is a concept developed by Carol Dweck, a professor of Psychology at Standford University.  A Growth mindset is the belief that a person’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through practice, hard work, dedication and motivation.  A fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence taken alone will lead to success and that they are fixed and cannot be developed or improved upon.  Changing the way students perceive their own abilities and potential can drastically improve their performance.  Too often students live in the now rather than the yet and as a result they focus on their limitations rather than their potential.











Social and Emotional Learning

The Get GRIT Program supports the personal and social general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.  The content of the program is aligned with the four interrelated elements, as outlined in the Australian Curriculum, including:


  • Recognise emotions


  • Express emotions appropriately

  • Develop self-discipline and set goals

  • Show initiative

  • Become confident, resilient and adaptable



  • Appreciate diverse perspectives

  • Understand others' emotional states and needs



  • Communicate effectively

  • Negotiate and resolve conflict

  • Work collaboratively

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