WEEKLY INTERVENTION IDEAS: APRIL 12TH EDITION
Theme: Emotional Growth
Theme: Emotional Growth
Growing Emotional Expression: Developing language and understanding about how one is feeling leads to emotional growth and healthy expression of emotion. The Feelings Heart activity can support kids and teens in identifying and exploring their emotions through verbal and visual expression.
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Sample Progress Note: The focus of the session was (tailor based on treatment plan). The therapist engaged the client in an activity of identifying and expressing emotion to support emotional growth and regulation. The client responded to the activity by (fill in the blank).
Grow the Emotional Bank Account: In a relationship partners are emotionally investing and withdrawing, similar to a bank account. When one is emotionally investing that may look like acknowledging your partner, listening, expressing empathy or gratitude, and ensuring they feel seen and/heard. When withdrawing, it may look like dismissing, diminishing, or ignoring. Each time you emotionally invest you make a deposit to the emotional bank account of the relationship and it grows.
Sample Progress Note: The focus of this session was… The therapist supported the client in exploring ways they experience emotional investments and withdraws in their relationship to promote emotional growth and connection. The client reported that it was (helpful/not helpful/etc) to understand their emotional bank account and was able to identify (one/a couple/several) ways to emotionally invest in the relationship.
Grow Emotional Intelligence: Developing emotional intelligence (EQ) is important to identifying, understanding, and regulating one’s emotional experiences as well as understanding and supporting the emotional experiences of others. The ability to accurately monitor and manage our emotions as well as being aware of others’ and engaging in perspective-taking support us in developing resilience and healthy relationships, performing at work, school, or otherwise, and strengthening the relationship with ourselves.
Here are some ways to grow EQ:
Sample Progress Note: The focus of this session was… The therapist supported the client in exploring and developing their emotional intelligence (EQ) to strengthen their relationship to self and others. The client reported that was (helpful/not helpful/painful/etc) to further understand EQ and they named ways to keep growing their EQ.
Growing Space for Emotions: Meditation and mindfulness are helpful ways to foster space for acknowledging, identifying, and managing emotions. When we listen non-judgmentally to our emotions, they can provide us with useful information and guide us in honoring, accepting, and expressing emotions in more helpful ways.
Here is a guided meditation for cultivating space to listen to your emotions:
Sample Progress Note: The focus of this session was… The therapist led Ct. in a mindfulness activity to build Ct.’s awareness and distress tolerance with emotion. Ct. (engaged/did not engage in the activity), and they reported that the meditation was (helpful/difficult/not helpful).
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