TIP: What is a psychologically informed environment?

In my research on the kind of environment we create for our clients, I came across this term "Psychologically Informed Environment".  It describes our work so well, because within the criminal justice system that our clients find themselves embedded, we create an oasis of safety and hope for them. Here's what I learned: Features of … Continue reading TIP: What is a psychologically informed environment?

ACTIVITY: Social Network Map

Purpose: To develop awareness and ambivalence about supportive versus unsupportive peers Materials needed: Social network map found here: SSmap and pens Instructions: Using the attached social network map (click this link: SSmap), ask clients to write in the people with whom they have daily, weekly, and monthly contact. These don’t have to be close friends, … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Social Network Map

TIP: Ongoing skill-building

Six ways to create an environment where skill-building is ongoing: Increasing awareness: Notice! Notice! Notice! And help clients notice skills as well.  Notice when clients demonstrate skills.  Name the skills (e.g., great problem solving; or I just noticed you pause for a second before responding), ask others to name them (e.g., Sue did something different, … Continue reading TIP: Ongoing skill-building

TIP: Skills in Group

Finding on-going opportunities for skill-building is a central component of being in a group.  Essential skills can be divided into thinking skills, emotional regulation skills, and social skills. Thinking skills: Awareness of thoughts and thought stopping Thought challenging and thought replacing Developing strong affirmations Problem-solving Consequential thinking Impulse control Emotional regulation skills: Awareness of emotions … Continue reading TIP: Skills in Group