Feeling is Thinking: material for 8-week programme on feelings/interpersonal relationships (games, worksheets, sessions outline)

Feeling is Thinking is an eight-week group work program that focuses on working with children who experience difficulties in their interpersonal relationships, and in expressing their strong feelings, in particular anger, sadness and frustration.

The 82-pages pack, however, contains a lot of material which can be also used during 1:1 sessions.

The children participating in the program often resort to violence as a way to handle and gain a sense of control over conflict situations, and are usually labelled by their school community, and especially their peers, as ‘bullies’. Once these aggressive behaviours are explored and unpacked, it is often identified that the children are very sad, frightened and lonely, and do not know how to handle difficult situations in more positive ways.

Feeling is Thinking aims to assist these young children to begin to identify their anger triggers before they ‘explode,’ either outwardly towards their peers and others, or inwardly by engaging in self-harming types of behaviours.

Feeling is Thinking provides these children with a number of more appropriate, positive strategies to deal with conflict, and allows them to practise using such strategies in a safe environment.

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 

Evaluation 2
Before starting the FisT program 3

OUR PHILOSOPHY 

Putting the GRO into group work 5
Growthful Relational Opportunities (GRO) 5
Principles of GROwth enhancing practices in group work 6
Aims 8
Key objectives 8
Recommended target group 8
Themes covered in the program 8
Structure and format 9
Facilitation 9
Selection process for group participation 9
Feedback sessions 9
A word of caution: Responding to violence within the home 10

 PROGRAM SESSION OUTLINES 

Week 1: Getting to know one another 11
Week 2: Exploring feelings 15
Week 3: Strong emotions: how do they look? 17
Week 4: What things make people angry? 19
Week 5: Managing anger: telling it truthfully 21
Week 6: Taking risks 23
Week 7: Practising changes 25
Week 8: Finishing up and saying goodbye 27

FORMS 

Information for professionals and families 30
Assessment / interview form 33
Referral form 34
General information form 35
Goal sheet (optional) 36
Group participant’s details (optional) 37
Consent form 1 38
Consumer satisfaction form 43
Consent form 2 39
Guidelines to consent form 40
Midway information session 43
Post-evaluation session 44
Feedback interview 45
FisT certificate 46
FisT sticker chart 47

GAMES 

1. Getting to know you balloon game 49
2. Feelings Charades 49
3. Angry Animals 49
4. Treasure Chest 49
5. Poison Ball 50
6. Scarecrow Tiggy 50
7. What’s the time Mr/Mrs/Ms Wolf? 50
8. Partners Ball Game 51
9. Name Game 51
10. Duck, Duck, Goose 51
11. Sharks & Islands 51
12. Footy Frenzy (Fruit Salad) 51
13. Silent Speed Ball 51
14. Ship Ahoy! 52
15. Dead Fish 52
16. Guess Which 52
17. Changes 52

WORKSHEETS 

Week 1: Name the expression 54
Week 1: Feelings 55
Week 2: Where do you feel your anger? 56
Week 2: Feeling cards 57
Week 3: Facts about anger 58
Week 3: Handling anger 59
Week 4: Volcanic eruptions of feelings 60
Week 6: Scenario ideas for role-playing difficult situations 61
Week 7: Trying something new 62
Weekly reflection sheets 67

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

What is violence 71
What does the word VIOLENCE mean? 72
Possible effects of domestic violence on children and young people 73
Recognising that living with domestic violence is a form of child abuse 74
What is anger? 75
Positive ways to manage your anger 76
Telling it truthfully (assertiveness for kids) 77
Bullying 78
References & further resources 80
Possible agency contacts Victoria and Australia wide 81
Progress notes/observations 82
Request for further information form 83
Menu of groups: CGP 84

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