Creative Clinical Social Worker

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This is a great idea.  I have done a similar activity during individual sessions where I draw faces on the eggs and have the client guess the emotion.  A slip of paper in the egg tells them the emotion (ex. Eggbert feels worried) and then lists three questions for them to answer related to the presence of that feeling in their lives (ex. Describe a time you felt worried or how does you body feel when you start to worry?)

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Hi! I'm Jim. . I failed the LCSW-C EXAM a few days ago by 4 points. I took the ASWB practice exam, plus paid around $200 for study materials. I can't figure out what I did wrong because I really felt great while taking it. Do you have any pointers? Thanks, Jim
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Hi Jim.  I’m so sorry to hear that you didnt pass.  How frustrating to miss it by only 4 points, especially if you felt confident coming out of it!! Unfortunately I dont have much advice for you.  I’m still working on my hours and haven’t started studying yet. If you havent already asked them, socialworkexam and acswaclinicalsocialwork may have some suggestions for you.

Team-Building Egg Scavenger Hunt: This activity focuses on enhancing problem-solving, social skills and group cohesion, and is easily adaptable.
Write up sequential clues for the group to follow and put them into plastic eggs (ex. Look where the tiny people live = in the doll house). 
On the back of each clue, direct them on what they should do before moving on. This could be answering a question, completing a task, etc. You could also include treats in some of the eggs (ex. stickers, candy, etc.)
Hide the eggs in order around the office.  My agency also has a nice outside area that was perfect for this.
Have the group negotiate and vote on rules (ex. how is it decided who reads the clue?)
Give each group member a basket (or bag) and provide them with the first egg/clue.
The whole team must decide where to look together and complete their task, before going to the next location.  Everyone’s ideas are discussed and the group negotiates the order of locations they will search.
Be there to redirect, set limits if needed, and positively reinforce good social skills. I have raffle tickets I give out (here).
This can also be easily be adapted for an individual session the “tasks” portion of the activity can be used to change the therapeutic focus.
Not everyone celebrates Easter so it is important to talk to families about this activity beforehand to ensure it is appropriate. Alternatively, you could do a scavenger hunt without the eggs element.

Team-Building Egg Scavenger Hunt: This activity focuses on enhancing problem-solving, social skills and group cohesion, and is easily adaptable.

  • Write up sequential clues for the group to follow and put them into plastic eggs (ex. Look where the tiny people live = in the doll house). 
  • On the back of each clue, direct them on what they should do before moving on. This could be answering a question, completing a task, etc. You could also include treats in some of the eggs (ex. stickers, candy, etc.)
  • Hide the eggs in order around the office.  My agency also has a nice outside area that was perfect for this.
  • Have the group negotiate and vote on rules (ex. how is it decided who reads the clue?)
  • Give each group member a basket (or bag) and provide them with the first egg/clue.
  • The whole team must decide where to look together and complete their task, before going to the next location.  Everyone’s ideas are discussed and the group negotiates the order of locations they will search.
  • Be there to redirect, set limits if needed, and positively reinforce good social skills. I have raffle tickets I give out (here).
  • This can also be easily be adapted for an individual session the “tasks” portion of the activity can be used to change the therapeutic focus.
  • Not everyone celebrates Easter so it is important to talk to families about this activity beforehand to ensure it is appropriate. Alternatively, you could do a scavenger hunt without the eggs element.

Group Psychoeducation Jeopardy: Make psychoeduation more engaging by turning it into a game. Here are some tech and diy options:

katimorton:

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FREE Self-Harm Recovery Workbook - from Kati Morton 

The stigma and lack of knowledge surrounding self-injury is one of the reasons I started to make videos. Recovery is possible, self-injury is a mental health issue that I frequently work on with my clients. Cutting, burning, hitting or otherwise injuring oneself is a coping mechanism. In this workbook, I show you ways to overcome and lead a healthier life. You can and will get better, but you have to want it, you have to work on it. Let’s do this together :) I know that therapy can be expensive and often is not even available in certain places.

I have been working on the Self-Harm workbook for about 8 months.  Watching channels by friends of mine on YouTube like Laura LeJeune and IDranktheSeaWater showed me that there was a place where I could help. I hope you enjoy the workbook. I’d love to hear from you about how you are using it.

xoxo Kati

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http://www.katimorton.com/sh-workbook-vol-1-sign-up/

Free Self-Help E-Books: Mood Juice created downloadable PDF self-help books for anger, anxiety, bereavement, chronic pain, depression, obsessions/compulsions, panic, post traumatic stress, shyness and social phobia, sleep problems and stress. The ones I looked at are based largely on CBT. Click here to check them out.

Session Trackers: It is sometimes helpful for young children to be able to have a visual representation of how many sessions are left (verbal reminders may not be enough), and it can help them better prepare for termination.  One way to do this is to create a session-tracking chart.  

In the examples above clients color in one image, or choose a sticker, at the end of each session.  The activity is quick and also provides a good opportunity for therapists to check-in with clients and help process any feelings surrounding termination that come up throughout the process.  These examples can be found here (I created them using “Pages”)

Spanish Mental Health Terms

I am trying to put together a more comprehensive list of clinical spanish vocab than what I have and wanted to enlist some help. If anyone has any Spanish (or any other language) vocab lists or other helpful resources, please send them to me through tumblr or email (uclasocialworker@gmail.com). Any help is appreciated!

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But I need to get a sense of interest, especially since I’m talking with an established expert in the trauma field to collaborate on this and I want to demonstrate that there is substantial interest.  So REBLOG if you’d want to take this free course to be a certified TIP (which would mean nothing officially but something practically).  Also, you can send me an ‘ask’ with suggestions for topics if you think you have one that might be missed -traumatherapist

Yesss!!!  It is incredibly important to be trauma-informed.  Please reblog if would be interested in taking advantage of this training.

traumatherapist:

Hey, I need your help! Based on the numerous requests that I get about free trauma trainings, I’m thinking of creating a FREE online course on trauma that anyone can take.  It will use the latest research and information to teach you about trauma in your own lives or get a sense of how to support others, or even notice things that others may miss in classmates and coworkers. 

But I need to get a sense of interest, especially since I’m talking with an established expert in the trauma field to collaborate on this and I want to demonstrate that there is substantial interest.  So REBLOG if you’d want to take this free course to be a certified TIP (which would mean nothing officially but something practically).  Also, you can send me an ‘ask’ with suggestions for topics if you think you have one that might be missed -traumatherapist

Yesss!!!  It is incredibly important to be trauma-informed.  Please reblog if would be interested in taking advantage of this training.

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Candy Self-Expression Activity: This is a simple and fun activity great for early stages of a group when you’re focusing on rapport building and group cohesion. It is also highly adaptable to specific treatment goals and modalities.
  • Write out a coded list that assigns a question or task to each color. Click here for examples of lists for feelings and anger related questions.  A “get to know you” example is pictured above (source)
  • Give each group member a handful or funsize packet of candy or fruit snacks.
  • Read the instructions for a color and let each group member respond according to how many candies of that color they have. Group members can eat the candy as they go along. 
  • Processing Questions: What did you learn?; How are you similar to other members?; How are you different?; Did anything surprise you?; etc.
  • Another Use for colored candy: Feelings tic-tac-toe

schoolsocialworkerblog:

I have searched and searched for printable “Jenga” questions to use in social work sessions and found none! I found lists of questions but none that I could print onto file labels and stick onto my “Jumbling Towers” game.

I went ahead and typed up questions and printed them on color coded labels depending on the category (social skills, self-esteem, coping skills, anger, getting to know you etc.)

Updated link to my TPT site here

Categories:

-Green:  Getting to Know You, Ice Breakers       

-Blue:     Social Skills

-Yellow:  Self-Esteem/Feelings

-Red:      Coping Skills/Anger

Schoolsocialworkerblog sells downloads of each categoryfor $4 here.  You can click here to view the jenga post I created.

DIY Play Food: Click the links below for instructions on how to make your own play food.  Pictures are numbered from left to right, top to bottom.

  1. Wooden Wheel Donuts
  2. Sewn Felt Play Food
  3. Sponge Play Food
  4. Plastic & Felt Eggs
  5. Salt Dough Bread
  6. Scrap Fabric Play Food
  7. Wood Block Play Food With Labels
  8. Fabric Strawberries
  9. Wooden Bead Fruit