Therapy Games for Teens: 150 Activities to Improve Self-Esteem, Communication, and Coping Skills (Paperback)
Build teen self-esteem and communication skills with 150 simple, effective therapy games
Planning thoughtful and productive therapy activities for teens doesn't have to be a complex challenge or require a lot of specialized resources. Therapy Games for Teens makes it easier to reach them, with 150 games based in recreation therapy that help teens cope with stress, bullying, grief, anxiety, depression, and more.
These fun and inclusive therapy games are designed specifically with teens in mind. Step-by-step instructions show you how to guide them as they practice everything from labeling their own emotions to creative ways of venting frustration, with techniques that incorporate mindfulness and self-reflection. Give teens the tools to navigate life's challenges effectively, so they can grow up into confident, self-aware adults.
Therapy Games for Teens helps:
- Put teens in control—Designed for both groups and individuals, these therapy games use self-exploration and creative expression to help teens let their guard down and learn valuable coping skills.
- Discussion questions—Each activity includes tips, talking points, and open-ended questions to help teens put what they learned into perspective and apply it to their lives.
- Practical and doable—The therapy games use simple materials like pencils, paper, dry-erase boards, and tape so there's no need for expensive or specialized tools.
Help teens arm themselves with skills to manage their emotions and step into their potential.
About the Author
KEVIN GRUZEWSKI, CTRS, has practiced Recreation Therapy for almost 20 years. Nine of those years were spent helping at-risk teens in a mental health facility where he witnessed firsthand how recreation has the power to help, heal, and restore a person. Kevin is also the creator of The Real Recreation Therapist, a blog that aims to create a community of professionals dedicated to using recreation as therapy.
“Perfect for recreational therapists, teachers, and parents. This book contains 150 amazing activities to help teens to open up about difficult emotions like anger, stress, grief, depression, and anxiety. The activities within these pages will teach teens how they can regulate their emotions in healthy ways. It’s an enlightening book that should be required for anyone providing services for teens.” —Danny W. Pettry II, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CTRS-BHS, Director of Continuing Education at Rec Therapy Today
“Kevin breaks down recreational therapy in a recipe format that is easy to follow yet captures the art of reaching troubled youth through both group and individual activities. I have had the pleasure of watching him making a difference in the lives of the youth he served for the past 9 years. By utilizing the skillsets Kevin diagramed, you too will make a difference in young people’s lives. This book is an amazing resource for those serving disenfranchised traumatized youth.” —David Dance, Director of the Illinois Inter-Agency Athletic Association