I hope I explained everything well to them. Am I sure this activity applies to self management? I'm so nervous.
Coming in, I thought it was going to be boring, but I like that I get to be interactive.
I'm glad you enjoyed the activity. Now we will move on to some questions.
Anyone need more time? Now we will start sharing. What did you think about the activity?
It felt good.. I don't know what else to say Jennie.
How did it feel writing to yourself or family member?
Group members spend about 15 minutes writing a letter to their children. This is a self care strategy for the group members to help improve self-management techniques. This activity helps prepare the members to make changes in their lives. This will most likely be in the preparation stage of the TTM.
What part of the activity was easy or challenging for you?
The group leader provides an opportunity for the group members to share the outcome of the activity. Fortunately each member expresses enjoyment
How has writing letters helped you express yourself?
My hand hurts, but I really hope my daughter enjoys reading it. She's coming to visit later.
The first question the group leader asks is a processing question. It looks at how the group members feel about engaging in the activity.
Thank you for coming to group today. I'm glad you were able to manage your feeling on paper. I want to see you apply these self-management strategies outside of group.
I felt a lot of emotions. There was a lot that I wanted to share, but I ended not putting it in the letter.
The second question is a generalizing question. This question the leader asks helps break down the activity to determine the easy and difficult aspects.
I'm not too sure. It wasn't too hard for me, but I guess needing to think about more things to add to the letter.
Putting everything down on paper is the hard part. Providing that large paper definitely helped me.
It seems like it is a good coping strategy. I get angry a lot and I used to write down everything on paper back then. This might help me whenever I get mad at the nurses to write it out instead of yelling at them.
The last question is an application question. These questions promote the members to take the action or maitenance stage of the TTM depending on where they are.
It allows me to talk about my problems and share things about myself
The group leader expresses gratitude to the members that showed up to group. The leader reminds the members to apply these strategies outside of group. They will need some reassurance in future self-management groups with constant verbal cueing.