CABCAA is an acronym for:-
Cognition, Affect, Behaviour, Consequences & Adaptive Affect
– this makes up the TRACK
The experience of needs, action, consequences and emotional effect programs our brain. As the frontal cortex develops we begin to create theories about our experiences. These theories become our attitudes, beliefs and values. The whole experience including the theories are stored in our memory as a programs or patterns or TRACKS. The Track inside the Triangle represents the learned track in memory.
CABCAA is a model researched and developed by Lidia Genovese in her work with children, adolescents and adults.
The Model is simplified so that a 9 year old can understand it. Thinking, feeling, behaviour and consequences and how it all works, is explained by using concrete materials. Children explore their tracks in a fun way then decide if and what behaviours/thoughts they want to change.
The programs aim to expand the awareness of young people so that they see the need to change, thus children are empowered to decide to change. Generally, children take care of themselves by acting out their discomfort, consequently, they cannot see the need to change since they are already doing something to alleviate their discomfort.
The CABCAA model is also very useful with adults. It is an easy way to explain how we learn and how we project what we learn. It is also an excellent way to show how the self fulfilling prophesy works
In the process of growing up, we adjust to our environment as best we can in order to get our needs met. Our needs motivate us to action. Actions have consequences. These consequences and the emotional effect of these consequences enable us to adapt.
In the present moment an event may trigger a particular track/s learned in the past. The past track will be replayed in the present as a response to the present. The outcome in the present will be evaluated according to the expectation of the past track and this becomes our reality. The actual present reality is interpreted according to whatever track is being activated. Often this reality is distorted by past negative tracks and this may cause anxiety and/or depression.
The CABCAA symbol is a visual representation of this process and forms an integral part of training and the workshops that we run.