Spotlight on…Icebreaker as Introduction, Icebreaker as Intervention

This post is courtesy of Alix McMurray, a therapist in Sterling who has keen insight into group facilitation and the complexities involved. Please let us know what you think by adding a comment. No matter how you look at it, everything we do in groups is an act of mindfulness, every intervention or "micro-intervention", an intentional … Continue reading Spotlight on…Icebreaker as Introduction, Icebreaker as Intervention

ACTIVITY: Sorting Commonalities

Purpose: To develop cohesion and practice starting conversations Materials: None Steps/Instructions: Ask group participants to walk around the room. When you say stop, you will call out a particular category (e.g., favorite season; number of siblings; favorite movie type; etc.). They will then have to organize themselves into smaller groups based on that category. Once … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Sorting Commonalities

Spotlight on…the Group Therapist’s Self-Regulation

This post is courtesy of Alix McMurray, a therapist in Sterling who has keen insight into group facilitation and the complexities involved. Please let us know what you think by adding a comment. In trauma informed treatment training, we learn that self-regulation is a gift that keeps on giving.  We model calmness and mindfulness for … Continue reading Spotlight on…the Group Therapist’s Self-Regulation

Activity: Emotion Ladder

The idea for this activity came from a recent training I did with BTS clinical staff. Thank you! Purpose: To build emotional vocabulary Materials: Vignettes describing different situations Steps/Instructions: Discuss with clients that any emotion (anger for example) has different levels to it. For example, annoyed sits on a different place than irate. Ask clients … Continue reading Activity: Emotion Ladder

Spotlight on…Transference and Countertransference in the Group (your reaction to the client’s reaction to you)

This post is courtesy of Alix McMurray, a therapist in Sterling who has keen insight into group facilitation and the complexities involved. Once a month, she will post a spotlight on a particular topic. Please let us know what you think by adding a comment. "Transference" and "countertransference" have become much misunderstood and misrepresented terms … Continue reading Spotlight on…Transference and Countertransference in the Group (your reaction to the client’s reaction to you)