Social and therapeutic relationships
Termination is a highly important part of every therapeutic relationship that should be addressed throughout each stage of the process. While many adult clients have the ability to easily think back to their experience in therapy, for youth this is often more difficult. Because of this I like to provide clients with some sort of physical representation of their time in therapy that will help them reflect on their experiences, highlight their strengths, remind them of what they learned and provide them with tools they can use to help prevent regression, and even continue their progress on their own.
These activities let you both reflect on their time in therapy and transition out of services in an engaging way. I’ve also found that using metaphors often helps young clients to better understand termination and makes after-care instructions more salient. Below are some ideas for creative termination activities that are easily adaptable to fit your clients’ needs.
I recently spoke to an intern who was confused when a number of her clients seemed surprised when it came time to terminate, despite her verbal reminders. It is sometimes helpful for young children to be able to have a visual representation of how many sessions are left, and it can help them better prepare for termination. One way to do this is to create a session-tracking chart. In the examples above clients color in one image, or choose a sticker, at the end of each session. The activity is quick and also provides a good opportunity for therapists to check-in with clients and help process any feelings surrounding termination that come up throughout the process.
- I’ve found that the use of metaphors increases the amount of information that clients retain and internalize so I use them frequently in termination. Start by explaining to the client that because of the progress they have made they are ready to sail off on their own.
- Reflect on what that feels like and process any anxiety, and transition into talking about all the things they will “take” with them to help with their journey.
- Have the client answer each question and write their response on the back of the cards. The boat will contain cards related to tools they will take with them (supports, coping skills, etc.), things that may get in their way and strengths (as identified by the client and therapist). Along with my pre-made cards, I also give them blank ones.
Treasure Chest Termination Activity
Supplies: Treasure box (Michaels Crafts has wooden “treasure” boxes that are cheap and easy to decorate. A link to directions on how to make a paper one can be found here; Stick-on plastic jewels (found at crafts stores, oriental trading co., etc.); Small note cards (cut to fit the box); Pen.
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Also all your past relationship HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH being freinds first or not!
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