Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and 20 Dreams creator Karen Stallard has put together some helpful guides below on using the cards to connect with your students and clients, allowing them to understand themselves and others much easier.
Co-operative 20 Dreams in the Therapy Room
In order to help build the therapeutic alliance and introduce the client to working with images and emotions just play a couple of rounds of 20 Dreams. It will warm up the client's right brain, encourage a co-operative atmosphere in the therapy room and it gives permission for imagination and play in the room as well.
It may be that introducing something so creative and fun feels inappropriate at the beginning of therapy, however with long term clients doing an exercise like this will help shift them from left to right brain activity. This will be especially good for those clients who think a lot but struggle to articulate their feelings.
Developing EQ Skills in Education
Invite each student to pick a card which represents how they woke up feeling today, go round the group to check in with everyone and acknowledge each emotion, students don’t need to say anything if they don’t want to, they can just show their card. You may need our downloadable cards to print off enough sets of emotions so each pupil has their own set to use.
This can be used in registration time, for extracurricular activities, detentions or any other moment where you think your class or an individual might need to take a breather and talk about how they feel.
Discover more ways to include 20 Dreams in your curriculum in creative arts, literary exercises, social sciences, and psychology classes, with our Educational tools in the link below.