DIY Magic Wands: You can learn a lot about a child through their deepest desires. Wand play can be a fun way to engage children in this conversation and segue into some more CBT and solution-focused work. Follow the links below for some DIY ideas.
My BA in Psychology and Social Behavior took 4 years, and then my Masters in Social Work took 2 more years. After that you can choose to become licensed after working for 2.5-6 years (there are a number of requirements you would need to meet).
It was an interdisciplinary conference on student wellness. There were topics related to both education and mental health (some workshops were intended for therapists and other’s geared towards teachers/admin). Two of my favorite workshops were on domestic trafficking of minors, and a panel of transgender students. I’m also really interested in neurobiology so I went to a bunch of those talks, and then some for a number of evidenced-based programs. It was 5 days long and I got a sponsorship so the conference and expenses were funded. My school is going to be making HUGE changes to their framework to promote social-emotional development and make the school more inclusive for students with disabilities or mental health issues, so we got to meet with the district to discuss implementation give our suggestions.
To anyone who sent me an “ask” over the weekend: Just letting you know that I’m going to be at a conference until Friday, so it may be a while before you get a response. Have a good week :)
Printable in-session signs. Click here if you want to download free PDF versions.
Creative Workbook: Gervanne (tumblr follower) created this workbook to support her recovery as she begins to prepare to transition out of therapy. She was having trouble connecting with the workbooks her therapist had so she decided to use her creativity to personalize one that works best for her. Above are some examples of pages and you can click here to view the full version.
When working with survivors of sexual or domestic violence, especially teenagers, they can be very slow to open up. Many survivors are understandably weary about trusting people. When working with survivors of sexual violence, many of them will say they do not like to think about or talk about what has happened to them. This leaves many counselors wondering how they can approach the subject.
I tell all my clients that they do not have to tell me any details they don’t feel comfortable. It’s not about process the event(s), it’s about processing their feelings around what happened. As soon as I say this, many of my clients begin to visibly relax.
So how can you get the conversation about their feelings started? I use this worksheet that lists many different feelings, and have them circle which ones apply to them. I then discuss each emotion they have circled and how it is affecting their life. This has been especially useful with teenagers!
Click here for a printable jpg version
DIY Masks: Here are some links to various DIY mask ideas. Masks are great for clients who hide their emotions, feel conflicted, have difficulty expressing themselves, etc. They can easily be used in future activities and two-sided masks can add another level of meaning.
These are the incredibly beautiful trauma masks my client made yesterday. On the left mask is how she feels others see her. On the right mask is how she sees herself/how she feels inside. As you can see, there are very striking differences. We explored the differences and meaning of each picture.
Click here for a free online training on Cognitive Processing Therapy that focuses mainly on treating military and combat-related PTSD.
Pocket-sized Grounding Kit
What do I need?
- An index card-sized file folder
- Index cards
- rubber band
- red marker (optional)
Where do I start?
First, you want to decide what sections you want. Here are some ideas, though feel free to create your own.
- Grounding exercises
- Inspirational quotes
- Notes from friends, family or therapist (can be collected)
- Religious/Bible quotes or sayings
- Pictures that are meaningful
- Goals you want to accomplish
- Neutral comebacks (i.e. “Do you think so?” “How interesting.” “That’s nice.”)
- Emergency hotlines, friends or supports to call
Next, create some index cards for each category. The stone, rubber band and marker are in case you need them for grounding exercises. I have clients who keep the marker in the kit so that they can use it if they feel the urge to cut. The pen is so you can add things as you go.
Now you have kit, will travel!
I just published my latest article on Social Work Tech!
Hopefully it helps you write your case notes better
CBT “Diamond Connections” Worksheet: This is essentially a CBT triangle that also includes a body awareness section. Click here for a PDF version.