Games Notes                                    Survival Scenario“Survival Scenario”. Purpose: develop group cohesion, prom...
Staff Intervention Used: Therapist continued facilitation of activity #1. Therapistdiscussed the guidelines of activity. T...
practice learned skills.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist arrange group members into a circle in the middle oftherapy roo...
for all individuals on the new planet. Therapist asked teams to present their rights, andencouraged teams discussed which ...
communication skills, creativity and skills of attention/focus.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist facilitated activity. Th...
traits about themselves to represent in a flag depiction. Therapist encouraged groupmembers to share with one another the ...
Staff Intervention Used: Therapist reviewed guidelines of deep breathing activity.Therapist encouraged clients to focus on...
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Therapeutic wording for group activities. Easily modifiable for individual therapy and other childhood games that can be related to therapy. Included is rationale for activity, and how the activity was utilized in therapeutic manner. Useful for individuals with high volume of note take, garner ideas, form wording for documenting creative interventions in therapy. Interventions would be useful in family setting also. These interventions compiled from my experience in doing partial hospitalization groups in residential setting. These are most utilized and useful interventions with oppositional adolescent males.

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  1. 1. Games Notes Survival Scenario“Survival Scenario”. Purpose: develop group cohesion, promote use of interpersonalskills, promote social skill of listening and develop skills of cooperation and compromise.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist continued facilitation of activity #1. Therapist dividedgroup members into three teams. Therapist presented a scenario of group members on abusiness trip and the airplane carrying group members crashing. The therapist presented alist of supplies that are available to group members after the crash. Therapist asked groupmembers within their respective teams to rank the importance of each item and discusswhat makes the item useful or important. Therapist encouraged all team members toparticipate. Therapist asked group members to present their ranks. The therapist scoredeach teams rankings. Therapist discussed which items were the most important. Therapistdiscussed the purpose of activity as not “winning” but the process of working together asa group. Therapist facilitated dialogue with group members about how they worked withone another. Stereotype ActivityUtilized “Stereotype Activity”. Purpose: Promote awareness of beliefs about specificgroups of people. Identify thinking patterns, learn how stereotypes are helpful andharmful and promote understanding of beliefs being learned from experiences and fromothers.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist reviewed guidelines of activity. Therapist presenteda word that describes a group of people and encouraged group members to write asmany things that first come to mind. Therapist encouraged group members not tocensor themselves. Therapist encouraged group members to identify how peoplebelonging to specific demographic might look, what they may wear and what tools theymay use. Therapist encouraged group members to use colloquial language associatedwith the group of people. Therapist presented demographics such as “nerd”, “truckdriver”, “retard”, “fag”, blind”…etc. Therapist discussed group members’ feelingstowards groups of people, how they learned the information about the specificdemographic. Therapist facilitated discussion about why stereotypes are used. Therapistencouraged group members’ to dialogue about how stereotypes can be harmful. Therapistpraised group members’ for participation. Chain ReactionTherapist utilized “Chain reaction”. Purpose: group cohesion, problem solving andpromote interpersonal communication skills.
  2. 2. Staff Intervention Used: Therapist continued facilitation of activity #1. Therapistdiscussed the guidelines of activity. Therapist divided group into two teams andencouraged group members to guess the chain of words by guessing letters. Therapistreminded group members of expectations. This or That 50 questionsutilized “50 questions, This or That”. Purpose: promote use of reasoning skills, encouragegroup members’ ability to express opinions, encourage group members to listen toopposing opinions and respond respectfully and utilize skills of attentive listening.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist continued facilitation of activity #1. Therapistdiscussed activity guidelines. Therapist encouraged group members to chose anoption between each scenario and explain why they would pick that option. Therapistencouraged other group members to express whether they would agree or disagree andexplain why. Therapist reminded group members of expectations and that they need to berespectful. Mandalas“Mandalas”. Purpose: promote concentration, increase understanding of use of copingskills, present Mandalas as a meditative exercise and promote self efficacy.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist continued facilitation of activity #2. Therapistdiscussed the importance of utilizing various forms of coping skills when dealing withstress, anger or sadness. Therapist discussed that mindfulness is focusing on something inthe moment. Therapist presented mandalas as meditative mindfulness activity. Therapistencouraged group members to evaluate how mandalas could be helpful as a coping skill.Therapist gave each person a mandala to complete. Match Gameutilized “Partial Hospitalization Match Game”. Purpose: promote group cohesion,expression of ideas, promote listening skills and promote self efficacy.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist divided group member into three teams. Therapistpresented guidelines of partial hospitalization match game. Therapist discussed that aprompt will presented, group members decided how to respond to the prompt to matchwith the therapist. Therapist facilitated activity. Therapist encouraged group members tosupport other group members and not to utilize put-downs. Compliment and Support Activity“Compliment and Support Activity”. Purpose: promote group cohesion, encourage groupmembers to utilize skills of giving supportive feedback/or criticism, encourage groupmembers’ understanding of receiving criticism, and allow group members opportunity to
  3. 3. practice learned skills.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist arrange group members into a circle in the middle oftherapy room. Therapist facilitated discussion about what criticism is and why peoplecriticize. Therapist encouraged group members to view criticism as a suggestion towardsa behavior. Therapist modeled for group members how to give and receive criticism.Therapist encouraged group members to give supportive criticism and compliment aboutthe progress of treatment of the person to the left and the right of them in the therapygroup circle. Therapist utilized supportive statements about feedback, therapist providedsuggestions on how group members could improve offering feedback and receivingfeedback. Scattergories“Scattergories”. Purpose: promote concentration, promote group cohesion and teamwork,encourage sharing of ideas and listening of other’s ideas.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist divided group members into teams of three. Therapistdiscussed the guidelines of activity. Therapist facilitated activity, and presented a list ofclues. Therapist encouraged group members to brainstorm answers in response to theclues given within three minutes. Therapist provided opportunity for group members toshare responses and used praise and encouragement for responses and participation. Password“Password”. Purpose: promote concentration, promote group cohesion and teamwork,encourage listening skills and promote self efficacy.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist discussed guidelines of activity. Therapist expressedthat each person has a minute to give clues and have the rest of the group guess theword they are describing. Therapist utilized praise for participation and effort. Therapistencouraged group members to refrain from talking during activity. New Planet“New Planet” Activity. Purpose: Promote group cohesion, build interpersonalcommunication skills, encourage group members to express thoughts effectively,promote skills of listening and promote discussion of importance of rights.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist continued facilitation of activity #2. Therapist dividedgroup members into small teams of leaders. Therapist presented a scenario where groupmembers were a small new planet had been discovered and there were no laws, no rules,and no history. Group members were asked to be settlers and develop the bill of rightsfor this all-new planet. Group members were asked to develop 10 most important rights
  4. 4. for all individuals on the new planet. Therapist asked teams to present their rights, andencouraged teams discussed which rights were the most important between teams. Motivational Poster“motivational poster”. Purpose: To encourage group members to be a positive influenceon one another, encourage prosocial beliefs.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist discussed how influence is important to make positivechanges in peoples’ lives. Therapist facilitated dialogue with group members aboutmotivational sayings. Therapist encouraged group members to make a poster with amotivational saying to be a positive influence on peers. Motivation Sticksactivity “motivation sticks”. Purpose: encourage group members to identifymotivations for treatment and to make positive changes in their live. Develop symbolicrepresentations to remind group members of purpose of treatment, promote appreciationfor supports and strengths.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist encouraged group members to identify motivations intheir life, which encourage them to progress through treatment and stay focus. Therapistdemonstrated a Native American craft activity utilizing string and Popsicle sticks.Therapist assisted group members in the completion of the craft. Therapist encouragedgroup members to dedicate the craft to their motivations as a reminder of personal goalsand changes that the client is working on. Anger Dots“Anger Dots”. Purpose: encourage teamwork, review newly learned information,promote overlearning, and promote group cohesiveness.Child Response to Activity:Staff Intervention Used: Therapist continued facilitation of activity #1. Therapistintroduced activity dots to group members, explained the objective as connecting asmany dots together to form boxes. Therapist expressed that a box means a possessionof the box. Therapist encouraged group members to increase likelihood of gainingpossession of boxes by answering questions related to anger management. Therapistdivided group members into two team teams. Therapist encouraged group members towork with each other, be supportive and to be positive. Guesstures“guesstures”. Purpose: Encourage team building, utilization of non-verbal
  5. 5. communication skills, creativity and skills of attention/focus.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist facilitated activity. Therapist reviewed activityguidelines with group members. Therapist divided group members in half to developindividual teams. Therapist presented words for group members to communicatenonverbally to team members. Therapist encouraged group members to participateand utilize supportive communication. Therapist discussed with group members theimportance of non-verbal communication in everyday life. Therapist encouraged groupmembers discuss how they use non-verbal communication to convey messages to otherpeople. CarsTherapist utilized “cars”. Purpose: Encourage reflection of person journeys, identifybarriers of making prosocial and positive choices, build self esteem and encouragecreativity.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist facilitated activity. Therapist reviewed activityguidelines with group members. Therapist encouraged group members to choose a carthat best represents them. Therapist encouraged group members to color and to finish carto reflect personal taste and personality. Therapist encouraged group members to identifybarriers of making positive choices and write barriers around car. Therapist facilitateddialogue about individual barriers that have limited choices in group member’s lives. SMART GOALS“SMART GOALS”. Purpose: assist group members in transitioning from contemplationstage to preparation stage of cycle of change.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist asked group members to discuss the differencebetween a dream and Therapist reviewed cycle of change with group members. Therapistencouraged group members to identify each of the stages and what occurs in eachstage. Therapist introduced SMART Goals to group members as goals that are specific,measurable, attainable, realistic, and have a time frame. Therapist encouraged groupmembers to identify a goal and write it in smart goal format. Therapist facilitateddialogue between group members discussing SMART goals. Country Flag“country flag”. Purpose: Promote self esteem; evaluate values, communication of broadideas and creativity.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist discussed the importance of a flag as a country’ssymbolic representation. Therapist encouraged group members to identify important
  6. 6. traits about themselves to represent in a flag depiction. Therapist encouraged groupmembers to share with one another the significance of their flag representing them andthe values that are important to them. Thermostat versus Thermometer“Thermostat versus thermometer”. Purpose: Encourage self examination of use ofleadership skills, ability to make decisions, embrace individuality and promote selfesteem.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist introduced the concept of thermostat versusthermometer. Therapist encouraged group members to identify the differences andsimilarities between thermostat and thermometer. Therapist encouraged group membersto identify characteristics of thermostat and thermometers in people. Therapist instructedgroup members to journal and reflect on their characteristics that aligns with eitherinstrument and relate concept to making good decisions. Reminder Signs“Reminder signs”. Purpose: to assist group member to develop effective “reminders” touse when angry.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist reviewed with group members how reminders are self-instructional statements to increase success in pressure situations. Therapist gave groupmembers of blank road signs. Therapist asked group members to discuss how signs arereminders when we drive. Therapist supported responses given by group members andemphasized that reminders serve as signs for us to slow down or take a different turn inexpressing our anger. Therapist asked clients to develop reminders that would be helpfulwhen they experience pressure and write them on or around the printed road signs. Crossing the LineUtilized “Crossing the line”. Purpose: To assist client’s in disclosing personalexperiences in a safe environment, encourage group members to identify similarities anddifferences in one another moving towards appreciation, and respect for each persons’beliefs and experiences.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist presented group activity as a diversity buildingexercise that demands silence and respect. Therapist marked room with a line of tape inthe middle of the room. Therapist made a statement and explained to group membersto cross the line, when statement is true. Therapist assured group members not to feelpressured to respond in one way or another. Therapist facilitated activity. Mindfulness ActivitiesUtilized various mindfulness activities. Purpose: empathize importance of being present,alert, and develop mental acuity and flexibility.
  7. 7. Staff Intervention Used: Therapist reviewed guidelines of deep breathing activity.Therapist encouraged clients to focus on direction of breath, temperature, weight ofbreath, if the breath is carrying odor, or if any images related to flow of breathing isconjured. Therapist processed with group members how paying attention to breathing isrelated to mindfulness and benefits from utilizing deep breathing. Therapist facilitatedactivity of describing what you see and feel. Therapist utilized a bottle of hand sanitizer,encouraged clients to touch, observe. Therapist encouraged clients to develop responsesabout the bottle. PH TabooUtilized “Partial Hospitalization Taboo”. Purpose: Review information covered in group,promote creative communication between group members, develop skills of perspectivetaking.Staff Intervention Used: Therapist introduced activity as “PH Taboo”. Therapist dividedgroup members into two teams. Therapist explained that each card has a topic or wordsuch as “house”, underneath the bolded word there is a list of related words. Therapistexplained that the object of activity is to give clues to teammates about the bolded wordon the card without using any of the words listed below. Therapist facilitated activity andkept track of scores to ensure fairness. Puzzle MarathonActivity/Purpose of Group: Therapist utilized “Thinking Marathon”. Purpose: promoteunderstanding of the importance of thinking and problem solving, promote self efficacyand promote self esteem,Staff Intervention Used: Therapist presented various brain benders, puzzles that requireproblem solving and thinking. When group members’ finished a puzzle, therapistdistributed another puzzle or brain bender until five rounds was over.

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