DIY Feelings Monster

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Okay so this is a lot easier to make than it looks… I promise.
1) find an old, unloved stuffed animal, preferably one with a flat face (works better for sticking the feeling mouths on). The one I used was previously a stuffed animal of a video game character and was on its way to Goodwill when I came up with the idea, and decided to keep it. I liked it because it had the perfect flat face/mouth area and room for eyebrows too.

2) buy three sheets of felt at your local craft store (one the color of your stuffed animal- in my case light pink, one red, one black, and one blue). Should cost a dollar or less for all of them.

3) hot glue the felt piece that is the same color as your stuffed animal to the mouth area and cut and hot glue two smaller…

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Ride the wave.

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Felt the itch to create something today. When I make my own art, I experiment with techniques or directives I would use with a client. In this way, I can experience the art activity from the perspective of the client. and then evaluate whether the activity would be appropriate for a client, or consider altering it to make it suit a client.
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Using the Sand Tray to Detect Family Roles

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Here’s another interesting article submitted by reader Martha Nodar on the subject of sand tray therapy. Ms. Nodar earned a gift certificate to childtherapytoys.com for her submission. Learn how you can do the same!

Bradshaw (1988) argues families are systems with systemic needs which are typically fulfilled, mostly unconsciously, by family members. These family members may become unwitting participants drawn into the family drama. In dysfunctional families triangles are common because they serve the purpose of providing a relief to the drama. In such cases, children and adolescents may unconsciously adopt roles within their family in order to survive their environment and help bring some balance to the scene. For instance, a so-called difficult child may be unconsciously acting-out the unspoken tensions within the parental dyad (Kerr & Bowen, 1988). Fairy tales have a way of representing these family dynamics in a way that is both nonthreatening and entertaining. Sandtray…

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Creating Labyrinths In The Sand

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Here’s another great intervention idea submitted by reader Martha Nodar. Ms. Nodar earned a gift certificate to childtherapytoys.com for her submission. Learn how you can do the same!

A respite to a world saturated in technology, the labyrinth offers a chance to literally stop and listen to one’s inner voice. Whether walking the labyrinth, building one in the sand, or drawing it in a piece of paper, the action requires concentration on the task at hand, which may be a welcome relief. Labyrinth scholars suggest we begin walking or building a labyrinth with the intention of gaining self-knowledge, but not to expect an answer. Rather than begin the journey with an expectation, they encourage us to embrace and honor the entire experience. Based on the idea that most, if not all children enjoy connecting the dots, the activity featured above lends itself to tapping into a child’s creative imagination. Chances…

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Listening activities to promote cognitive flexibility and communication

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Reader Emily Clifton sent in this very useful assortment of interventions. Ms. Clifton earned a gift certificate to childtherapytoys.com for her submission. Learn how you can do the same!

Game: Puppets

Ideal for: group or in family sessions

Instructions: In this game you assign one group the role of puppet, and another group serves as the puppet masters. You will have the group act out a situation. The puppets are doing the actions, but each have a puppet master that will be their voices, so the puppets’ actions have to be guided by what the puppet masters are having them say.

Game: Sculpting

Ideal for: group or family session, must be done in pairs

Need: Play-Doh, Legos or another building material

Instructions: The therapist gives each member equal amounts/sizes of play-doh or Legos. The therapist has one person make a sculpture that the other person cannot see. Then they have…

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