For children and juveniles: some hypno-systemic techniques
Some behavioural and motivational training methods are:
Tree of Abilities – how to grasp the ground beneath the feet
This method notedly lends itself to children between the seventh and twelfth year of life. One of the goals is to use graphics and illustrations and thus disclose the key components of what may be(come) part of the problem solving process. Oftentimes, the solution is laid out in the troubleshoot itself.
Motivational trainings: “I can!” – step by step
This method is suitable for children from the fifth year of life onwards and aims at having a systematic run-through of various “can-do!“steps. Thus, it often becomes apparent….
- …how the child (re-)views the problem
- …what motivates the child for solving the problem
- …what kind of solution the child may envision
Methods deploying cartoons, power animals and symbolic figures
Depending on the child’s predisposition, it may make sense to introduce drawings and/or figures into the therapeutic setting. This approach is often suitable for transforming negative feelings in such a way that the child is able to handle them better than before and then feels empowered to dissolve the issues altogether.
Training emotional self-control
Creating own meanings by developing therapeutic stories and narratives
This approach is often supported by the creative abilities of children, juveniles and young adults. It has to do with joint efforts of developing a short story or narrative that picks up the individual’s present life situation whilst also resonating a vision of the immediate future. When I was a child, I wrote a piece about peace by deploying this technique.
Visiting the house of emotions
This method centers on debilitating irksome emotional states and mood swings. How to cope with unpleasant experiences and low feelings is conveyed to the young client by deploying hypo-systemic interview techniques and mentalisations. The goal is to integrate uncomfortable emotional states in such a way that the person is able to handle them until their power lessens.
Letting the child discover personal ressources
Finding the hypno-systemic treasure of competence and ability
The hypno-systemic treasure quest lends itself to supporting children in their discoveries of preconscious knowledge. First, one tracks the treasure of competence and ability. Then, the findings reveal hints of what can be done next and the child and I make a joint effort in considering what kind of steps are still left to take and what abilities might come in handy for taking them successfully.
As a matter of principle, I provide a variety of high-quality therapeutic aids so as to steady the joy of participation and to also support the progress of the therapy itself.
Training social behavior
When giving play therapy, I often use toys which are already known to most children and juveniles as these toys have become a prominent part of the everyday culture – for instance, in the kindergarten, at school or during leisure time. More often than not, playing is a pool for various benefits – for instance, for conveying learning strategies or for playing with chances for change.