ACTIVITY: Opinion versus Fact

Purpose: This activity helps clients increase their awareness of opinions versus facts Materials Needed: Two index cards for each member in the group; a stack of pictures (from magazines – ideally the pictures should have a scene with something going on that the client can describe) Instructions/Steps: Provide each client with two index cards and … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Opinion versus Fact

TIP: Group Engagement: How do I know my group is engaged

When group members are engaged in group, they are in learning mode, they are more willing to try new skills, and I enjoy myself more because my job is easier.  But how do we know whether group members are engaged?  Sometimes it is as simple as asking yourself, what does the group feel like?  Do … Continue reading TIP: Group Engagement: How do I know my group is engaged

ACTIVITY: Problem-solving – Person Switch

Purpose: This activity starts the conversation around problem solving Materials Needed: Paper plates (or anything to mark spaces on the floor) Instructions/Steps: This activity was developed for 8 clients, but you can adjust it depending on the size of your group. Place the paper plates on the ground in 3 rows of 4. Ask the … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Problem-solving – Person Switch

TIP: Surface skimming – Ways to deepen the conversation you are having in group

Groups in the early stages of development can feel “surfacy”. We have all had the client who checks in with “everything’s fine”, and declines to offer more depth.  A group culture that remains on the surface usually indicates a mismatch in client placement, a lack of safety and/or relationship in the group environment, or a … Continue reading TIP: Surface skimming – Ways to deepen the conversation you are having in group