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I’ve decided to follow-up my last blog with a review of a clinical supervision meeting I held where the topic was inner child work.

As a clinical supervisor, I like to present things in a creative and experiential way. To present this topic, I asked the therapists to buy a coloring book of their choice and bring it to supervision. I can imagine they were thinking “What is she making us do?”.

I opened up supervision by talking about the inner child and how to incorporate it into therapy. Then came the fun part. The instructions to the team were to color a page from their book with their non-dominant hand. They were told the goal was to get in touch with their inner child. The Disney music started and they were off!

Everyone was then asked to process why they picked the specific coloring book and how they connected to their inner child. One of the common themes presented was perfectionism. Someone presented a near perfect drawing. She was able to gain awareness into how her perfectionism can get in the way of the therapeutic relationship with her clients.

By the end of the session, each therapist was able to reflect on how to present inner child work to their group, as well as how they can use empathy with their clients since some of them had a difficult time with this activity.

As a supervisor, this was one of the most profound sessions I conducted. It taught me to be mindful of my experiences and to continue to do activities to gain self-awareness. As a supervisor, it encouraged me to continue to present new and unique ideas and to support professional and personal growth in supervision.

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Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP decided to become a therapist while attending Nova Southeastern University. She saw the need to help people achieve the life they wanted to live, while creating a life of her own. She completed her master’s in Mental Health Counseling and started a career in the juvenile justice arena. Since then, she has started a private practice in Pembroke Pines Florida, specializing in depression, anxiety relationship issues, and substance abuse. Amanda is a believer in holistic treatment and she practices veganism, meditation and yoga in her life. Find out more about her practice here. For a free 15-minute consultation, call or text Amanda at 954-258-8845 or email her at amanda@amandapattersonlmhc.com.

A colleague of mine asked for a recommendation for a group therapy topic for a group of 30 addicts. She mentioned how it is difficult to find topics that haven’t already discussed since many of them have been around the rehab block, so to speak.

I decided to brainstorm with her some ideas for a group on inner child work. An outline of the group is below:

– Present the concept of the inner child as our child-like self that is a result of the experiences we had before our teenage years

– Have participants connect with their inner child through a meditation or guided script

– Ask participants to share about their inner child

– Introduce an experiential activity, such as coloring with the non-dominate hand (the gateway to the inner child)

– Play music during the coloring time, such as the Disney station on Pandora

– Have participants share their drawings and discuss their experience

– Ask for a commitment from each participant to engage in one activity a week that fosters a relationship with their inner child

I’d love to hear feedback from anyone who tries this type of group. Good luck and have fun.

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Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP decided to become a therapist while attending Nova Southeastern University. She saw the need to help people achieve the life they wanted to live, while creating a life of her own. She completed her master’s in Mental Health Counseling and started a career in the juvenile justice arena. Since then, she has started a private practice in Pembroke Pines Florida, specializing in depression, anxiety relationship issues, and substance abuse. Amanda is a believer in holistic treatment and she practices veganism, meditation and yoga in her life. Find out more about her practice here. For a free 15-minute consultation, call or text Amanda at 954-258-8845 or email her at amanda@amandapattersonlmhc.com.