Friday, January 8, 2016

New client ideas

I had a new client this week who I knew had anxiety.  I used a tool I have used in the past. Stickums. These are sticks made of wax. They allow so much creativity.  This client's fear is people. I did only an intake and was not sure he would share so much.
Hoping he would share, I gave him the stickums and said like McDonald's has their logo: the golden arches, I would like you to create a symbol of your worry.  He soon completed a "monster" shaped creature. When he shared what he came up with,  he identified it as "people. " His interest and willingness to speak (not an easy task for him) was astounding. This boy is in the fifth grade. He has quite a few signs of selective mutism, but we won't be stating that just yet.
Hope this sparks your own ideas for hands on activities.  They make such a difference!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

It's been awhile...

Well, it has been a while.  I can’t even tell you about all of the changes since I last posted.  Let me just start with where I am now.  I am working in the same school district but as an School-Based Outpatient Therapist.  It’s the exact job I love.  It’s the exact work I love.  It is what I dreamed about when I left community-based.  Yes, there are challenges.  Yes, I am sometimes overwhelmed.
Right now, I am taking a much needed break from creativity at home as the creativity in my job takes all of my energy.
But here we go, some ideas from today.  Ok, I was providing individual counseling to a student who is very distant and negative.  I won’t go into the history.  I am often challenged to get her to leave her classroom to see me.  We talked about the virtue of kindness and made a kindness doll with a pipe cleaner and a balloon.  She is also very compulsive, so the face on the balloon became an all out coloring adventure.  She covered every bit of the balloon with marker.  In any case, I wanted to talk about kindness using this poster from the following blog:

And this iron on:

I am super obsessed with these graphics.  I will definitely be looking into these lessons/materials.

The student enjoyed the activity and as usual, did not want to return to the classroom with the activity we worked on.  But I am still taking it slow, as the therapeutic nature of our relationship is still precarious.  More on that later.  I am so enjoying this job, and learning, and developing new resources.  What are some of your go-to get to know you activities?