Thursday, June 21, 2012

Here is a great resource for you:

The link provides a collaborative effort from many clinicians to a booklet designed for interventions at each step in the therapeutic process.
How about you?  Do you have any magical resources?  Share them here in the comment section.  We can start a revolution of counseling tried and true techniques.

Hope you are enjoying what  summer has to offer.  It is a wonderful time to reflect and acknowledge the power of God in our lives and the leading that he has in our ministries!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I have taken some time to reorganize this blog.  I am wondering how many of you might need to know more about art or play therapy.  I am considering making this a place in which I try out techniques on my own children....of course, they are fun, so it won't be torturous.  The techniques are out there, but it takes some time searching.
As an employee on a school calendar year, I have more time now then ever to work out the kinks, and even create some scripts.  My objective is to create a toolbag.  I have some go to ideas for kids with many problems, but could stand to expand my horizons also.
If any of you would like to post a link, do so.  I will comment on those as I have time.  So good to regroup once in a while.
Happy Summer!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Today, we finished a new family group that operated once a week for three weeks.  We had two separate groups running with first graders in one and fifth graders in the other.  The group utilized the Lowenstein's book Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce.  Here is a link:

It was an active group, but each of the activities were very helpful to keep this bunch busy and enjoying the discussion.  The first graders got different things from it then the fifth graders, I am sure.
In the last session, we used the activity called "Heads and Tails" for the first graders.  The activity had the group members flip a coin and use the head or tail to determine which activity they did, either an answer to a question or complete more active request.  Then the children completed an activity which answered 'How do my parents show their love'?  The children in the first grade group reminded each other with more standard concrete representations of their love.  They wrote 'buy me toys,' 'buy me food,' and 'buy me clothes.'  The group then discussed how they could show their love to their family.  This is a very useful book to address problems for children of separated families even if their parents were not 'divorced.'  There were many more activities than I could use in the six weeks of the group.  So many resources are available now then when I began to counsel young children.  So fun.