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Friday Lesson: Balance Challenge Activity

Courtesy of Maurie Lung, Gary Stauffer, and Tony Alvarez| One of the great things about teaching is that sometimes your students present you with an unexpected gift. That is exactly the case with Balance Challenge. We were teaching a class at the University of Hawaii School of Social Work when one of our students, Warren, invented this activity. His intent was to use it to help a classmate explore the stress she...

Friday Lesson: Home Fun

Courtesy of Maurie Lung, Gary Stauffer, and Tony Alvarez| We sometimes have the wonderful opportunity to work with families over time. The beauty in this opportunity is the transfer of leadership from the facilitator to the family. In the beginning, a family in therapy may look to the facilitator to resolve the conflict or direct the action. Sometimes families are not used to playing games together, and they may be...

Friday Lesson: Adapting Group Activities for One on One Settings

Courtesy of Maurie Lung, Gary Stauffer, and Tony Alvarez| A question that we are frequently asked is, “I understand the power of activities with groups, but I am only working with one person – how do I adapt an activity for this situation?” The Power of One: Using Adventure and Experiential Activities Within One on One Counseling has already adapted more than 30 activities that can be used by counselors,...

Friday Lesson: Activities Adaptable for Use With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Courtesy of Maurie Lung, Gary Stauffer, and Tony Alvarez| As the incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder continues to skyrocket (CDC report, December 2009) clinicians across the country are realizing the impact. Increasing demand for interventions that are effective with children and youth with serious social deficits, as well as those who present with an inability to learn from typical language-based interventions...

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