by Yvonne Searle and Isabelle Streng
Developed for children and adolescents whose parents are separated or divorced, The Divorced & Separated Game is of especial use for those who are finding it difficult to cope with or understand the pain and upheaval surrounding separation.
Lifegames is a series of therapeutic board games for children and adolescents, devised to facilitate the understanding and disclosure of the complex feelings experienced by children and adolescents when they are confronted with traumatic life events.
Each game has been carefully developed utilising an integrative psychotherapy model which incorporates systemic, cognitive-behavioural, humanistic and psychodynamic orientations. The games address factual issues and focus on emotional expression, belief systems, cognitive processes, behavioural responses, relationships, fantasies, memories and dreams. They provide a safe, boundaried space where children and adolescents may explore their inner feelings, and can be used to answer questions which children may have been afraid to ask.
Designed to be flexible, the games can be tailored towards the pace of the therapeutic process. They may be used with groups and with individuals and they should always be played with a therapist. The recommended age range for participants is 6-16 years, although it is possible for the clinician to adapt games for working with younger or older children. Where appropriate, the therapist may participate as a co-player or remain solely in the role of facilitator.
Developed for children and adolescents whose parents are separated or divorced, The Divorced & Separated Game is of especial use for those who are finding it difficult to cope with or understand the pain and upheaval surrounding separation. The game can be played with groups of siblings, peers or children from reconstituted families, and is also suitable for working with individuals. It may be played over consecutive sessions or adapted to the pace of the treatment. The game comprises a game board, counters, dice and four sets of colour-coded cards arranged in categories corresponding to coloured shapes on the board: Facts, Changes, Emotions and Wishes, Dreams, Memories.
game board, cards, dice, player pieces
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