Monday, March 17, 2014

What's in your warm up (basket)?

I'm having fun putting together my donations for the silent auction fundraiser, which is a special feature of the annual conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, coming up next month April 3-7 in Oakland, Calif.

All baskets have themes -- and this one is "Eye on Images For Warm Ups," with a focus on using cards and other images for warm up activities.  I love using commercial card decks for to begin groups and individual sessions as they are evocative ways to stirring stories, feelings, memories and ideas. At the beginning of a session, they can be placed on the floor, right side up, for people to look at and select, or in a basket in a part of the room or passed by hand from one group member to another.

In this basket, I've included Loving Our Earth cards, Disney princess cards, animal magnets, framed and matted animal prints, vintage post cards, animal notepads and animal book marks, greeting cards and a set of "cards" that I made from CD envelopes and pictures cut from magazines and other places.

Here's how I made my picture envelopes (see photo, with sample at left) and how you can make them:

  • CD envelopes with cellophane window
  • Magazines, greeting cards, brochures, photos and other items with interesting pictures
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

  • Make template with card stock, cutting your card stock 1/8 inch less on each side.
  • Place template over most interesting graphic part of picture from magazines, cards, brochures or whatever else you have collected.
  • Use pencil to mark lines lightly on picture.
  • Insert picture into envelope.
  • Close envelope by folding flap inside or tape.
There's still time to come to the conference. Details here.