Easiest Christmas Activities for Kids in Therapy

With Christmas coming soon, it can be hard during session to get the client to focus on anything else. Some kids get really excited about making Christmas crafts. While doing so doesn’t always lead to anything profoundly therapeutic, at the very least you will definitely build rapport. In many instances, however, you may find great opportunities for some therapeutic work. …

Carey EmmersonEasiest Christmas Activities for Kids in Therapy

Games to Promote Emotional Expression

One complaint that parents often have is that their children don’t talk to them about what they’re feeling. True, there are often situational factors involved. But other times, children simply haven’t learned the vocabulary or been encouraged to practice expressing their own emotions. For this reason, in the early stages of counselling, regardless of the presenting problem, I typically take …

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Feelings Catcher

Activity Type: Craft Stage of Counselling: Middle, Ending Supplies Needed: Plain paper, markers, craft supplies as desired Remember cootie catchers from grade school? Basically they are paper games, folded from a single sheet of paper to look like this: Kids play the game by picking one of the four outer sections. Next you spell the word or count the number …

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File O’Favourites

Activity Type: Craft Stage of Counselling: Beginning Supplies Needed: Plain file folder                                  Markers, pencil crayons, or crayons When I first started my counselling internship, my supervisor suggested this really simple opening activity involving only a file folder and some markers, crayons, or pencil crayons. It’s a bit like Pictionary, but the client gets to create their own folder to keep. …

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Packages, Boxes, and Bags

Activity Type:                 Craft Stage of Counselling:  Middle or End Supplies Needed:         Jar (plastic is best), box, bag, or envelope                                           Craft supplies (glitter, scissors, construction paper, stickers, markers, glue)                                           Slips of paper for strategies I’ll start out this first resource post with one of my favourite counselling crafts. This activity can be adapted for use with kids as small as …

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Welcome to Counsellor Toolkit!

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my first blog post. I thought I would start this blog by sharing my vision for Counsellor’s Toolkit. I’ve spent my professional life working with children, youth, and their families. I trained as a counsellor and began counselling professionally in 2010. I’ve also worked as a youth worker, and led various short-term groups for kids and …

Carey EmmersonWelcome to Counsellor Toolkit!

Happy Back-To-School Week!

We are celebrating a new year of school for all you teachers, parents, and students with a special edition of MIND-N-METTLE questions that we will be revealing each day until Friday. Check in every day to see our current question and comment with your answers (no googling before you post!). We’ll reveal the correct answer at the end of each …

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Planning a Great Fall Kickoff

Only one weekend to go. One weekend until the flurry of fall activities hits us once more. There’ll be back to school, the beginning of fall sports, and club sign-ups, making early fall one of the busiest times of the year. I know parents, teachers, and program leaders who’ve been planning, and shopping, and counting down the days until the …

Carey EmmersonPlanning a Great Fall Kickoff

Welcome to Alcove!

Welcome to our blog! Here we plan to share with you what’s going on at Alcove Child and Youth Resources as well as any other material that we think may help you in your work with children and young people. As you will see from the rest of our site, our goal is to help children and youth develop intellectually, …

Carey EmmersonWelcome to Alcove!

Coming Soon: Mind-N-Mettle

Reinforce Learning.  Review for Tests.  Have fun!  Pre-order on Kickstarter starting August 28, 2014 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1095193078/mind-n-mettle-an-interactive-electronic-group-quiz About the Game Mind-N-Mettle is an interactive, quiz-show style game for groups of up to 36 people.  It is a digital resource that allows the teacher, counsellor, or group leader to customize the game content.  Because the teacher writes/inputs the questions, the game can be …

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