Hey there, I'm a Master of Social Work student, and interning in a mental health unit for adults. I am facilitating group therapy for the first time in my life (and it's intimidating!). I have to keep everyone talking for 1.5 hours. I think I would have an easier time if I had some structured activities to throw into the mix (and the participants might get more out of it that way as well). Do you have any group therapy activities that are fun and clinically relevant? Thanks!
Having an opening ritual in the form of a verbal check-in, a short journaling prompt, or a mandala drawing can all be useful in centering the group and focusing attention on what will happen in the space. A group project like a puzzle collage, kinetic sculpture or large mural drawing can be helpful in creating more group cohesion and trust. I’ve used rock felting, round robin drawing, and creating art depicting a specific emotion with groups.
Having such a long group can be really intimidated, but you can get some great work out of a group with that amount of time. If the group has trouble maintaining discussion the whole time, you can practice process comments to put it back on the group. You should never be working harder than your clients. Phrases like, “I’m curious what the group thinks about so-and-so’s comment,” “I felt a shift in the room and I wonder if anyone else felt it,” or “What’s happening in the silence right now?” can help facilitate discussion and give the group a sense of responsibility and ownership.
Check out my directives link for more ideas of art directives to use: http://whatshouldwecallarttherapy.tumblr.com/directives