Rapport and group dynamics
I believe the success of small group therapeutic creative writing sessions is greatly influenced by how comfortable and supported participants feel in the group, and on the development of confidence to share writing, thoughts and feelings with each other. Writing itself is therapeutic, but writing and sharing writing in a supportive group adds another dimension. For example, some people who had probably never written creatively before, gained confidence within the space of one session, and over several sessions, in response to the heartfelt and supportive feedback they received on their writing from the group.
Rapport between facilitator and participants is vital for creating a relaxed, supportive group. Rapport and good group dynamics can be fostered in many ways, e.g., by being friendly and approachable and using only first names in the group. I try to speak to participants not as their group leader but just…
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I don’t want to talk about dyspraxia too much because I feel like I have a problem whereby I always need to explain my self and it doesn’t help it makes you feel worse in someways. However I wanted to share the sound cloud that I found really great pod cast where young people share their experiences.
I wanted to share my input as an adult recently diagnosed. As a youngster I really enjoyed the education but work was a different story. I am the classic been to so many different jobs and tried so many different things. I have been sacked or just left jobs. I’ve been told I was too slow, most of the time. I struggle doing simple jobs like waitressing as I mix up orders, or messing up setting up tables, or problems with making beds.The only job I could kind of do well was call centre but it was the continued taking phone calls that made me tired and my performance was always up and down.
But, there are other avenues which I am going to explore and I’m not giving up until I find the right one. Because, I want a job, one I’m really good at, one where I actually make a real difference. I love working I just can’t do it most of the time, and get stressed by judgements of others. I’m hoping that getting a degree will lead me to jobs that makes use of my problem solving skills and less need of practical skills.
One positive things which I heard mentioned is how stubborn people with dyspraxia are. That’s true and if I had one things to add it would be to never give up. Learning disorders are different to say a physical disorder: Ie someone who is paralysed may never be able to walk. However a person with a learning disorder that includes motor skills will always be able to do whatever they are trying, no matter what they tell you. It just takes allot of time, practise and patience. Of course there are some things that are just so hard, for me I would love to draw and I know that is a very hard thing for me to do, but the dream is one day I will do it. I think the biggest trouble is that people only see how normal brains behave. This means someone with dyspraxia also has the added pressure of trying to meet social norms and that can lead to low levels of self esteem and depression.
I think things are changing, like they say on the podcast that social media means we can meet other people like us, who understand all the challenges we face day to day and some face more challenges then others. Again, against all diversity don’t give up, keep going. Ever more its important for someone with dyspraxia to really know what they are passionate about. Furthermore its important to know that some companies are not worth working for, whilst others are. Some companies have patient staff and access to training. Do not be disheartened if you go to a job and the manager is mean, its the managers problem not yours that’s just poor management skills.
Overall if I can say anything its the spirit of the team, and a company that values staff where I have been able to grow the most. To know what how a company is you need to find out as best you can in the interview. The greatest thing I ever learned was that when I am in an interview it works both ways – I need to sell myself and the company and management need to sell themselves. If the interviewer seems like someone who I don’t click with I’m wary of taking the job.
Its a struggle for sure, but with the right people and the right attitude along with a thick skin anything is possible.
Enjoy the pod cast that I found, I hope it helps.
Totally get this.
When I’m somewhere outside my comfort zone – anywhere new, busy, or with a lot to remember – I will go into the mental equivalent of power saving mode. I keep my head down, remain on the sidelines, or wherever it’s quietest, and withdraw into my own head.
If I have an obligation to be in this place, I will do what I think is expected, but, though polite, will not be at my most sociable. Nor my most attentive. My brain is doing only what it has to. As soon as is socially acceptable, I will recharge in the seclusion of my own room, and start to feel more human pretty quickly.
Now turn it up a notch. I’ve been in such a place too long, or there are too many demands being made, or maybe I’m in a difficult situation with a person. At this point, even power saving mode is wearing…
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Sometimes I’m so harsh on myself, often its hard for me to revise. More often then not my grades go up and down. Today I started going back in my head, nostaliga listening to music I listened to when I was young, when I was dreaming. I remembered that I never was dreaming about anything in particular, I wasn’t setting a goal, I wasn’t wanting an end, I was just there in my mind and I love it here. Now I’m back there, and when you really get into music your realize what lives all about. What I liked most about my youth was that I lived, I lived because I felt. That’s when I realize I won’t be an amazing academic, unless knowledge floats into the dream, I can’t force my mind to be anything else. Well I could, but this is when I feel so alive when the spirit takes me. Today I looked at everyone around me and fell in love. All I have to say is that I lived, and how I know I’ve lived is when I can smile about nothing and everything. The knowledge it’ll be there, it might not come out at university, but it’ll come out for whoever really needs it and that’s all that matters.
Here, is a post that I’m going to try. I’ve been pretty quiet for a while because I have simply been overloaded with work. However, I’m improving most of the time but I’m working hard. I feel like the way I study is not healthy, I tend to go for 4 hours at a time, then I re-read the same things or re-write a whole essay, and that is not good for my mental health! So I’m going to try this one and see what happens. If anyone else has study tips please share! One Magical Way to Improve Your Grades
It is that time of the year again! Finals are knocking at the door and I am not that extremely studious boy in class who literally nails each and every exam. In fact, I am far from that guy. For ou…
It’s like someone has entered my brain!
About two months ago I took up ballet as a hobby. Now, as a 22 year old who’s never danced a step in her life outside of PE “dance” lessons, this might seem like a bold move. But what really surprises even myself is that I’ve chosen one of the hardest modes of dance to learn, and I have dyspraxia.
I was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the end of my second year of university after years of struggling and not really realising anything was wrong. I’d always been rubbish at PE, I found it impossible to organise myself for school, and the poor quality of my handwriting lead to me being told that examiners wouldn’t bother to read my exam papers. I was also clumsy and a little bit rubbish at making friends. However, nobody picked up on this, and I didn’t even hear about dyspraxia until a boy joined…
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An excerpt from Book Cafe BBC radio Scotland.
Do you worry that children now don’t get the chance to be as creative and free to think?
I do, I’m quite annoyed in England now they are talking about the new baccalaureate just runing it for the arts. I am such a believer that arts should be the centre of our education.
They are saying now that 40% of children now at school, the jobs they will eventually go into are yet to be invented. So what’s the point of just pushing facts and figures down their throats so you have to train for young people to be creative and that means imaginative learning to be adaptable.
You hear people saying about sorry but librarys we need to shut them we can’t afford them, its cuts. Anyway information is now available at the touch of the button.Yeah of course but it’s imagination that we’re talking about and thats what librarys provide it feeds the imagination.
People just don’t see it.
So many of our polticians and councils don’t see what you talking about when you say things like creativity or imagination they don’t understand it.
Why do you think we are always coming up with that attitude? That the arts are like a luxury item which you append onto whatever else you have room but the rest is used for core subjects?
I think people take up jobs that control us, and they tend to be men and they tend to be men who like football they tend to call the shots and its always been this way. I’ve nothing against football but they just don’t see it, its very hard to make your points without appearing to soppy.
Friends on mine say that poetry is good but it doesn’t put food on the table, they say what’s the point.
Its all economic.
What does it mean to be “good” at stress? Does it mean you don’t get stressed out? That you stay calm under pressure and bounce back from adversity?
Actually, no. The truth of stress as I’ve researched it shows two important things. Firstly, that trying to avoid it is fundamentally counterproductive. Secondly, that thinking that we can emerge from stressful circumstances unscathed and unchanged is precisely the wrong way of thinking about things.
Instead, we need to start thinking about how to have the courage to grow from stress. This view of resilience was first described by the psychologist Salvatore Maddi, who founded the Hardiness Research Lab at the University of California Irvine. He dedicated his career to identifying what distinguishes people who thrive under stress from those who are defeated by it. The ones who thrive, he concluded, are those who view stress as inevitable, and rather than try…
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