Purpose: Team building; Problem-solving; Recognizing roles and patterns Material: This activity uses a book called Zoom by Istvan Banyai. The book is entirely in pictures. Take the book apart and laminate or tape each page so it doesn’t tear easily. Steps: Mix up the individually laminated or taped pages and hand them to the group. … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Problem solving using Zoom
Wow! It has been six months since I started this blog. This means that on this blog we have TWO dozen activities and TWO dozen tips/tricks on group facilitation. I wanted to use this post to review everything that we have covered in the past six months. You can go back to any post that … Continue reading TIP: This quarter in Review!
At a recent Driving with Care training, Mandi used this activity that I thought was so fun and wanted to share with everyone. Thanks, Mandi! I have changed it slightly… And I also should acknowledge that this is the third activity in a row on thinking errors. I am definitely on a roll, here! But, … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Thinking Error Thumb-ball (credit to Mandi Rogers)
Have you noticed that there are some people who only see the negative? They walk into group and point out everything that is wrong with you, with group, with their lives and with the world? They have developed such a radar for spotting what is wrong that they almost seem to miss anything positive that … Continue reading TIP: Working with Negativity
Purpose: Deepen learning around thinking errors; help clients recognize and name thinking errors Materials: A list of thinking errors and one example for each; index cards of two colors Steps: This activity requires a little bit of preparation. On one set of index cards, write down the names of thinking errors (e.g., catastrophizing, minimizing, discounting … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Thinking Error Pairs
Skill learning is one of the primary reasons we facilitate group for our clients. Skill development is an integral part of our job and to do it well, it helps to understand some central tenets of adult learning. Adult learning is self-directed/autonomous Adult learning is goal-oriented Adult learning utilizes knowledge & life experiences Adult learning … Continue reading TIP: Adult Learning
This activity was inspired by Jake Hernandez at IDEA. He tried it and loved it with his group. If anyone has activities they have used and loved, and want featured on this blog, email me! PURPOSE: The purpose of this activity is to explore hopes/fears and thoughts/beliefs. MATERIALS NEEDED: None STEPS: Break the group up … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Conversation in History
I did a post on feedback in group a while ago (can be found here: TIP: Feedback in Group). This post is new research I read on how we all have different sensitivities to feedback. I thought it was fascinating and very helpful to understand how different people respond to feedback so differently. We all … Continue reading TIP: More on Feedback