This blog started as a place to get some ideas for group and I intend to keep that goal going. At my current agency, I continue to do groups, largely in the Substance Use field and as such, I have plenty of opportunities to fill our groups with psychoeducation but also with activities!
One activity I recently brought to the group was having all group members make a line on a piece of paper to represent their life. Then, they were to place major life events on their timeline. After filling in their timeline with life events, they were to come up with a song that helped them identify with that moment. As group members did this exercise, they were encouraged to play some of their music for the group (with the rule it could not be offensive). This allowed for a more relaxed atmosphere and encouraged bonding between group members.
At the end of the group, members were encouraged to share what they felt comfortable sharing with other members of the group. They were encouraged to go home and create a playlist for the soundtrack of their life.
There are many variations you can do with this, for me, I encouraged clients to pick out the positive moments in their life to help identify songs and encouraged them to stay away from the negative moments. Sometimes, we do the entire life, both positive and negative. Sometimes, you can do only future hopes and dreams and make it almost a dream board but through music. No matter what you choose, it’s just helpful for them to get in touch with their emotions and thoughts in a different medium than just speech or writing which we tend to focus on in groups.
What do you all think? Any suggestions?