Our goals: Build interpersonal and social skills through basic manners like sharing, kindness, listening skills etc.), identifying and expressing emotions, learn about creating healthy boundaries, and practicing self-control/ reducing impulsivity.
Week of August 13: Listening Skills
Fast Names: Go around in a circle and try to quickly think of something relating to a chosen topic.
Back-to-Back Drawing: Sit back to back and draw what your partner describes.
I Went on a Picnic: Come up with items that you could bring on a picnic, while remembering what others already brought.
Paraphrase: Restate what a partner said.
Week of August 20: Assertiveness Training
Someone is Bugging Me: Create a bug and ways to deal with being annoyed.
Role-Play: Role-play how to be assertive.
Week of August 27: Problem-Solving
Paper Airplane Challenge: Design the best paper airplane.
Find the Object: Find the hidden objects.
Discuss a Problem: Go around the room and problem-solve everyone’s problems.
Week of September 3: Identifying Goals
Long-Term Goals List: Create a list of long-term goals.
Draw Your Future: Draw the future you envision.
Short-Term Goals List: Create a list of goals for the year.
Week of September 10: Identifying Emotions
Emotion Search: Match the picture to the emotion that describes it.
Paint an Emotion: Paint a picture of a chosen emotion.
Week of September 17: Coping Skills
Practice Coping Skills: Practice deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, grounding, and yoga.
Coping Plan Book: Make a book of coping strategies.
Week of September 24: Taking Care of Yourself
Trust or Distrust?: True or false questions about trustworthiness
Self-Care Book: Create a book of self-care strategies
Week of October 1: Self-Expression
Expressive Painting: Paint a picture that expresses you.
Favorite Song: Play a song that expresses you.
Show-and-Tell: Share an item that expresses you.
What Animal Am I?: Discuss what animal best expresses you.
Week of October 15: Relationship between thoughts, emotions, and actions
The Triangle of Thoughts, Feelings, & Behaviors/The ABC Method of Analyzing Your Emotions
Identifying Negative Thoughts/Having More fun
Week of October 22: Types of Irrational Thinking
Thinking Errors & Self Evaluation
Think Good--Feel Good
The Blame Game
Week of October 29: Identifying and Evaluation Thoughts
Therapeutic Dream Catcher
Halloween Art Therapy Activity
Week of November 5: How to overcome fear/anxiety
Creating a Personal Affirmation Cart
Creating a Calming Bottle for Anxiety
Week of November 12: Accepting negative emotions
What is Distress?
Practicing Mindfulness-Blowing Bubbles
Practicing Mindfulness-Noticing Urges
Practicing Mindfulness-Walking the Line
Week of November 19: Empathy
How much Empathy do you have?
Week of November 26: Self-Esteem
Positive Self-Talk Shield
Special Candy Game
Week of December 3: Positive Thinking
Thinking more Positively-Partner Activity
Challenging Negative Thoughts-What’s the Alternative?
Challenging Negative Thoughts-What if it’s True?
Getting out of the Negative Rut
Week of December 10: Being Open to New Experiences
Painting with Bubble Wrap and Mini Rolling Pins
Pom Pom Race
Week of December 17: Christmas Party
4:00pm – 4:20pm: Arrive, snack, & ice breaker
4:20pm – 4:40pm: Homework
4:40pm - 5:15pm: Structured Game
5:15pm - 5:40pm: Structured Activity
5:40pm – 5:50pm: Cleanup/ Prepare to leave
Adventures in Therapy
On School Snow Days, any closures will be announced on LEX-18. Watch for news on our Facebook page. It will be listed on both forums as "The Academy on Main, Children and Family Counseling Associates, INC. and Character Quest".
Character Quest is an innovative after school therapy group in which licensed mental health professionals and support staff at CAFCA work closely with a small group of children to learn and practice essential social skills. Through years of clinical experience, the staff has learned that there is no more effective way to enhance the skills learned in therapy than to practice them with a group.
Below is a calendar of topics that will be focused on for the specified week.