About the Author

G. Bert Allain, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30-years post masters experience working with troubled youth, adult mental health and substance abuse clients. In the past 20 plus years, this experience has been as the director of both inpatient and outpatient programs.

The experience working with adults and youth with life difficulties led to the development of this prevention concept Coping Skills, “The Adventures of Cosmos Crow”. It is used in multiple school and treatment settings and is the basis of his frequent speaking engagements at professional conferences and workshops. These cognitive/behavioral “Therapeutic Fables” will help your children learn the cognitive coping skills to help them have happier most successful lives.

Coping Skills Fables are Smart and Fun

The reason we think you will be interested in using this program is the unique approach, the scientific validity and frankly, because it is fun.

If you want a child to remember something, make it a story. If you want them to learn how to deal with peer pressure or to be persistent or to be considerate, put these messages in an enjoyable story and help the child understand how to use these skills.

Coping Skills LLC has developed a series of story books that will teach anyone (young child to adult) “Good Thinking” skills that will help them be happier and more successful. Many of the stories also contain worksheets, quizzes and exercises. Plus, we provide “Parent Notes” with each story to help parents become the “coach” in developing these skills.

The Coping Skills program, “The Adventures of Cosmos Crow” has undergone rigorous evaluations that have shown that the use of these stories, along with appropriate adult support, helps children make significant and long lasting positive changes.

This program is a featured chapter, “The Use of Metaphorical Fables” with Children, in the nationally published book, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Clinical Social Work practice, edited by Dr. Arthur Freeman (2006). The developer of these stories received the 2005 Social Work Service Award from the LSU School of Social Work in recognition of this program.

We use metaphorical stories (Fables) to help you and your children understand and remember the therapeutic concepts and techniques for developing cognitive coping skills. Those are big words for using stories to teach "Good Thinking" skills.  Such an idea is not new and its very oldness is the reason it is such a powerful technique.

"The logic of the emotional mind is associative: it takes elements that symbolize a reality or trigger a memory of it, to be the same as the reality. That is why similes, metaphors and images speak directly to the emotional mind, as do the arts-novels, poetry, song, theater, and opera. Great spiritual teachers like Buddha and Jesus have touched their disciples’ ears by speaking in the language of emotion, teaching in parables, fables and stories. Indeed, religious symbol and ritual makes little sense from the rational point of view; it is couched in the vernacular of the heart."  Emotional Intelligence, D. Goleman, 1995         

“A little extra (time, money, energy)
spent on the young, saves much in the

‘cost’ of frustration, heartache and
disappointment as they grow older.”