ACTIVITY: THE ROAD TO RELAPSE AND RECIDIVISM – CROSSING THE LINE

Purpose: Relapse prevention Materials needed: Colored yarn, paper and pens Instructions/Steps: Define Relapse (personal line) and Recidivism (legal line).  Each client defines their personal line, along with identifying high risk behaviors/thoughts/feelings leading to relapse – picking their top 5. Place a green piece of yarn on one side of the room, take a few steps … Continue reading ACTIVITY: THE ROAD TO RELAPSE AND RECIDIVISM – CROSSING THE LINE

TIP AND ACTIVITY: Shifting the Shape of Group and Stress-related Activities

I was asked to re-post this tip on shifting the shape of group.  After this week, I will continue to post one activity per week, but will only post a tip when there is a question or need for clarification.  Activities will still post on Wednesdays! One of the primary ways to keep groups engaged … Continue reading TIP AND ACTIVITY: Shifting the Shape of Group and Stress-related Activities

TIP: Implicit Bias in Group

I have been doing some work around increasing awareness around our implicit biases and wanted to challenge you all to think about your own biases.   Implicit bias is the unconsciously held attitudes, beliefs, and assumptions that impact our actions and decisions.  These implicit biases are activated involuntarily and without our awareness, and yet have an … Continue reading TIP: Implicit Bias in Group

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?

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