What I love about this book the most is that it makes my planning so easy. It goes through every group session starting with the introduction session, and ending with a celebration. I also love that it includes a self-assessment and Icebreakers for every group session. The lessons are easily adaptable, and I've added my own spin to some of them. She even includes an "estimated time" for each part of the session. My favorite session is the one on discovering our anger triggers. There is a list of triggers and students are asked to lay down a "yes" or a "no" card depending on whether it makes them angry or not. I took it one step further and made little signs with "yes" on one side and "no" on the other. Students hold up their popsicle stick sign depending on their answer. We then discuss how knowing what our anger triggers helps us to manage our anger in a healthy way. Kids easily understand that by knowing what our triggers are, we are able to identify our anger early enough to make a good decision.
As I stated earlier, the book includes steps for every group session--from beginning to end. The book includes 12 sessions, however, my groups typically only last 6-7 weeks, depending on the need. When I start planning my groups, I alwasy have my "go-to" sessions--the ones I do with everyone. These include "discovering my anger," "Warning: I'm getting Mad!," and "Digging Deeper: What's under all that anger." With the other sessions, I decide which to use depending on the group dynamics and developmental level. Another adjustment I made was with the session called "Digging Deeper." I have used the anger mask in the past, but recently saw a blog post about creating "anger sandwiches." I love being hands on in my groups so I decided to give it a try before Christmas. It was a hit! The kids were easily able to identify underlying feelings beneath their anger and put those inside the sandwich. The top peice of bread was "Anger." I also loved that they had something to take home after to review.
Have you used this resource? How have you added your own "spin" to it?