I'm sorry that you don't want to be at group Maria, but I promise that this will be worth your time.
Welcome to group. My name is Jess and I'm an occupational therapy student at Quinnipiac. How are you today?
I'm doing good.
Goal and Purpose
Today we will run a group on self-management. The purpose of today's group is to learn strategies on healthier ways to take care of ourselves. Any questions?
I don't mind doing this.
Warm-Up Part 1
Let's start with a warm-up. We're going to take 5 deep breaths. Breathe in for 4 seconds and let it all out in 8 seconds.
I like it. I'm feel relaxed.
Group leader (in blue) introduces herself to the group members (in green and purple) and asks how they are doing. This is the time for the group to build rapport before the group session begins.
Warm-up Part 2
Now let's do some chair yoga. Follow my lead and if you feel any discomfort, please let me know.
The group leader explains the topic that will be discussed. In this case it is self-management. After the leader explains the purpose of participating in a self-management group, she asks the members if they have any questions in case they do not understand the topic. For this population, the group leader will explain slowly so the members will be able to comprehend to what the leader is saying.
Activity Part 1
The group leader decided to start the warm-up by performing a deep breathing exercise. It applies to self management because it promotes a healthy change into the group members.. Earlier, Maria was againsst the group, but as she was doing the warm-up, she started to enjoy the activity.
Activity Part 2
Carol, I can give you paper with larger lines if you need it. What do you think about the activity Maria?
Writing doesn't come easy. I have trouble seeing. Let me put on my glasses
After deep breathing, the leader will perform chair yoga exercises. This applies to self management because it improves one's overall well-bring and exercise helps energize members and improve cognitive functions such as organization and self-regulation.
The main activity will be for the group members to write a letter to their younger selves. This will give them an opportunity to write about how they feel, the joys and tears, their proudest moments and biggest regrets. This will help the residents "declutter" what is going on in their head and organize their thoughts on paper.
Now that we are warmed up, we're going to the activity. I'm going to give you a sheet of paper and you will write a letter to your younger self.
During the group, Carol advocated for herself by mentioning that she will not be able to see the paper. Maria misheard the instructions and mentioned writing a letter to her daughter instead of herself. The group leader modified the activity to allow Carol to use large lined paper and for Maria to write to her daughter.
My daughter would really like a written letter from me.
If you want to write to your children instead of yourself, you can do that too.