Play Therapy Technique Activity for Play Therapy Clients: Family Changes / Divorce Support

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Family Changes / Divorce Support / Play therapy activity

Family Changes / Divorce Support / Play therapy activity

The play therapy activity group mystery counseling assignment was “A Custody Battle.” My team mates were Shenika , Shawndell, Jumie , Penny , and Debra. I enjoyed collaborating on this play therapy project with my team. We all immediately brainstormed on what perspective we would take. It was decided that the client would be an elementary female student who wanted to stay with her mother. We then decided on the various components that would need to be addressed in the counseling session: orientation of the court room, differentiating between truth versus fiction, family dynamics, etc. We then divided the team in two where one group worked on constructing the courtroom and the other group developed the activities to facilitate dialogue with the client. I was part of the team that developed the activities. We all agreed on the games and added our own special touches to enhance the game. Everyone treated each other with respect and worked well together. We gave ourselves 90 minutes maximum to complete the task as we wanted to experience the need to work with what you have with a short amount of time. Upon completion, every team member exhibited pride on a collaborative job well done.
My individual play therapy technique mystery counseling assignment was “Chocolate World.” I love chocolate and chocolate is a big part of my world. I have a bad habit of reaching for chocolate as a coping mechanism because I am an emotional eater. I decided to create a chocolate world that addressed my food addiction. I picked some of my favorite chocolate bars and associated a feeling with it along with a picture to depict the feeling. I added the sentence, “I feel ____ because ____.” I want to get in the habit of connecting with my emotions and discovering the real reason why I am choosing to eat to cope. I have started this practice for a week now and have been successful. I am calling friends and venting about a bad day versus grabbing a Twix. As they say in 12 Steps, “Progress not perfection.”

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