I am a mental health counselor working in West Baltimore. I provide intensive mental health services to children ages 5-12 in a Child's Psychiatric Day Program in need of intensive treatment for failure to thrive in the classroom and/or community. The students who come to the Partial Day Program come referred by their school or current outpatient mental health provider for a higher level of care.
The Child's Partial Hospitalization Empowerment Program emphasizes improving one's well-being.
The children that come to the program receive schooling, individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. I assist my students' emotional, behavioral, and social challenges that compromise their ability to succeed academically.
Every day, I work to alleviate behavioral or emotional concerns.
Behaviors cited most frequently include students who:
-have poor self-image, make negative self-statements
-have low self-confidence, avoid the difficult
-are depressed, unhappy
The books will be used as bibliotherapy. Bibliotherapy is a creative art therapy modality that involves storytelling or the reading of specific texts with the purpose of healing. It uses an individual's relationship to the content of books and poetry and other written words as therapy. Bibliotherapy is often combined with writing therapy.
The craft materials will be used to build my student's coping skills.
I will use the paintbrushes alongside paint to help students create and verbalize their feelings. The beads will be used as a coping mechanism for my students to not only calm down and be mindful of their activity but create something that they can take with them home.
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