Purpose: To highlight values and goals Materials needed: pieces of paper and color pens Instructions/Steps: This art-based activity helps group members clarify their values and goals, and brings to the forefront the steps they need to take toward these goals. This activity can be used to prepare before focusing on service planning. Tell the group … Continue reading ACTIVITY: The Goal Tree
Purpose: To help summarize take-aways from group Materials needed: pieces of paper cut in the shapes of leaves; the trunk and branches of a tree stuck on a board. Instructions/Steps: This is a helpful activity when coming to the close of a group or a group series and you want to know what people are … Continue reading ACTIVITY: Take-aways and leaves
Erin Flynn with BTS asked me to post a deeper dive into the Stage of Change. Thank you for that request, and here it is: The stages of change theory was put together by Prochaska, DiClemente and Norcross. They researched, among many different behaviors, smoking cessation and weight loss, and found that people progress naturally … Continue reading TIP and ACTIVITY: Stages of Change
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
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
I was recently asked about techniques to help group members who are escalating or dissociating in group. This post is focused on grounding techniques that are helpful both in individual and group settings. Here are some ideas, but essentially, the goal is to help the person feel safe again and help their frontal cortex and … Continue reading TIP: Grounding 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
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?
One of the primary ways to keep groups engaged is to shift the shape of group every 15-20 minutes. By this I mean that you are changing or shifting the modality you are using frequently so that clients are not drifting off. Here is a list of different shapes you can put group in. Of course, … Continue reading TIP: Shift the Shape!
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