Identifying strengths, interests, abilities, hopes and dreams
Interactive Ideas and Reproducible Activities
for Facilitators Working with Adults and Teens
Motivation means incentive, inspiration, enthusiasm; it is the driving force behind behavior. People need motivation to face difficulties in their lives, make significant behavioral change, and reach their maximum potential. Motivation is achieved by identifying ones strengths, interests, abilities, hopes and dreams. The activities in this book will help participants identify and tap into both inner strengths and external resources in order to reach their full potential.
If you are working with teens or adults in a therapeutic or supportive role, either in groups or one-on-one, and they need motivation to help them on their journey to a healthier life, this book is for you. Each activity includes clear instructions and reproducible activities to keep your planning and preparation time at a minimum.
Part I has 22 sections, for all adult and teen participants who would benefit from motivation exercises. Part II has 9 sections, specifically for clients with mental illness and addiction issues who would benefit from motivation exercises.
Facilitator-led sessions provide blueprints or maps to help leaders:
• Conduct question and answer sessions, brainstorming, games and other activities
• Engage clients’ attention, heighten their interest, and promote creative thinking
• Motivate participants to reach their highest potential
• Encourage group members to listen and learn from each other
• Recognize they are not alone with their fears and aspirations
• Identify and overcome potential obstacles to success
• Ponder, learn and grow from past experiences
• Develop insight and define hopes and dreams
• Reflect upon and respond to inspirational quotes and the wisdom of the ages
• Become aware of their personal attributes
• Initiate goal-oriented action
Versatility of materials for various age groups, interactive and/or introspective activities, and the uniqueness of guided discovery of strengths, interests, hopes and dreams make this book vital. The special section addressing needs of clients with emotional and/or substance abuse issues expand this book's reach to include almost every population.
This workbook is also available in PDF eBook format, making it simple to store on your computer or mobile device, and to access with a PDF viewer. The PDF format also allows you to easily print copies of the activities and worksheets during therapy and counseling sessions.
Motivation Card Deck
Need a creative way to start your session? Use the Motivation Card Deck. The open-ended questions will break the ice and stimulate conversation. Use them alone or in conjunction with the corresponding page in the book.
"A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in the machine shop." (Robert Hughes) Whatever your tools, what are you determined to accomplish within the next six months and how?
Rats are trapped with bait. What could lure you into trouble and what are you doing to avoid the snare?
If you take a chance and try a positive challenge, yet fall short of your goal, are you a success or a failure? Why?