Tag Archives: Adventure Based Counseling

PLAY Takes the Boring Out of Dreary Days

Now is the time to play with your kids.  Whatever their age.  Why now? Because it is February and it is dreary outside and school continues, day after day after day.  It seems FOREVER until summer.  It feels like there … Continue reading

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Adolescent Mental Health Therapy–It’s in the Experience

Here in Washington State there is a current concern about meeting the mental health needs of adolescents, specifically around two issues: Intervene in an adolescent’s life before that adolescent causes harm to others (I believe the worry is about public … Continue reading

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Pre-Teens Seeking Self—-How to Help Overcome Power Struggles

A few years ago I attended a Play Therapy one day workshop, focusing on the how-to’s of professionally interacting with that very difficult age–PRE-TEEN.  Difficult because Play therapy is well, about PLAY and this age of kid either wants to … Continue reading

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Hula Hoops and Marines

I’m preparing for a weekend with Quakers.  Our Quarterly Meeting.  How does a Friend ready herself to spend a three-day weekend with Quakers? By assembling my list for New Games and Adventure Based Counseling (ABC) games and initiatives, of course. … Continue reading

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Being On Stage

“All the World is a Stage.” Kids know when the adult thinks the curtain has fallen, the lights turned off and the audience has gone home.   They have this uncanny ability to know when the adult is “faking it.”  The … Continue reading

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ABC’s of Communication

Adventure Based Counseling techniques for debriefing from an exercise has to do with the belief that everyone has the right and ability to add to the conversation.  I have borrowed these exact same techniques for teaching kids how to engage … Continue reading

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Refrigerator Rules

As soon as you have a child reach the age of about THREE, please feel free to cut and paste and ENLARGE and Print—and then FRAME—on the Refrigerator Door: RESPECTFUL RESPONSIBLE AND NICE TO BE AROUND   When your child … Continue reading

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