Therapy Directive: “All About Me” workbook

Therapy Directive: “All About Me” workbook

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 7.51.56 PMWhen I first started working with children during my Clinical Social Work internship, I wanted to find an intervention that built rapport with the client and was a self-esteem building activity and incorporated art (naturally).

The result was this “All About Me” workbook.

At 11 pages, this workbook contains directives which prompt the client to write and draw about various aspects of themselves.

My favorite part of this workbook is that it is designed to direct the client to think about who they are in the present moment of time. How have they grown? What
are their strengths? What do they like to do for fun? How do they describe their family?

Therapy Type: Individual

Number of sessions: Varies on the client. Generally I’ve done 1-2 pages per session.

Materials Needed:

  • “All About Me” workbook (purchase and download at my Teachers Pay Teachers store)
  • Colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.
  • Yarn
  • 3-Hole Punch

Process:

  • Introducing the workbook to your client
    • When I introduce the workbook, my intent is to focus on building rapport and to increase their feelings of self-worth and self-esteem.
    • “[Client], I want to get to know more about you.”
    • “We’re going to make your very own book together. It’s going to be all about you!”
    • “I can already tell you are a unique person, that’s why we’re going to make a special book all about you!”
  • Working on the pages together
    • Direct the client according to each page’s directive. For example, the first page is entitled “This is me!” Ask the client to draw a self-portrait. If you have a client who is focused on their future self, direct them to draw their self-portrait as they are in the present moment. Sometimes I provide a mirror so the client can view their reflection and draw what they see.
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    • Remove all erasers from the art suppliesOne technique I’ve come up with when working with children who have low self-esteem and self-worth is to remove all erasers from the art supplies. The intent of this is to allow the client to flow through their creative process instead of worrying about achieving perfection.
      • “You’ll see there’s no erasers in the room. This is because what you draw the first time is perfect the way it is and you don’t need to erase it.”
      • If you see the client becoming discouraged over a “mistake” they made, encourage them to work through it… “I don’t see a mistake, I see a work of art in the process of creation. How can you work with what you’ve drawn so far?”
    • This is not graded. I had a client whose main source of anxiety was from school. They believed that their grades were a reflection of their self-worth.
      • For example, when a client became distressed if they couldn’t spell a word, I would reassure them: “This isn’t an assignment for school. I’m not going to give you a grade. Remember this is your special book that is all about you.” This became a perfect opportunity for the client to become more self-confident in their ability to write and spell. After a few sessions, the client was writing and spelling words without becoming distressed about whether it was correct or not. Eventually, the client was able to ask for help with their spelling without experiencing anxious distress.
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    • Every page opens the door for further conversation. Take the opportunity to explore more about the client. For example, one page is about the client’s family. This becomes the perfect opportunity to discover how the client perceives their family–both in drawing and in writing.Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 8.25.58 PM
  • Bind the pages together when the book is complete. Use a 3-hole punch to poke holes in the pages. Use yarn to bind the book together. Bam! The client has their very own book that’s all about them.
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Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store to purchase and download this workbook for your own use.

 

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  1. Pingback: Art Therapy Intervention (+printable): Feelings Book | Expressive Social Worker

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