Facilitator Reproducible Activities for Groups and Individuals
Body image affects males and females. Puberty’s physical changes, combined with identity, popularity, and athletic pressures, contribute to adolescent challenges. Food and weight are not the only issues; preoccupation with facial features, skin, hair, clothes and height, and striving for brawny builds or hourglass figures undermine peace of mind and divert attention from other aspects of self and life.
Teens – Body Image and Beyond helps teens to accept their body types and inherited features, see differences as distinctions, and know their appearance is not their identity. Media messages, online profiles, friends, sports, eating disorders, muscle madness, temptations to use steroids or diet pills, and other issues are addressed. Teens will be encouraged to value variety in shapes and sizes and to embrace their own and others’ uniqueness.
Young people who wish to change alterable traits will receive nutrition and fitness tips. Teens with gender identity concerns will know that they are not alone and they will learn how to access professional expertise. Dating is laden with body image issues; teens will consider whether they pursue partner-pressured perfection or are self-directed. Teens will identify the non-physical appeal and qualities they seek in partners and relationships. While the intensity of body image challenges is validated, teens will be encouraged to build character, ponder ethical dilemmas, see struggles as steppingstones, and find ways to be charitable.
Teens like to be active and interact; games, role plays, panel discussions and team activities promote movement and fun; thought-provoking questions encourage verbal and artistic expression; teens create posters, poetry, slogans and skits; they play expert advisors to each other.
Teens that prefer private self-examination are equally served. Facilitators who believe their teens need introspection rather than interaction have that option; most sessions are adaptable for individual or group activities.
The workbook is divided in ten chapters with two to nine sessions per chapter. Each session includes clear directions for the facilitator including purpose and goal of the session, key background information on the specific subject, and interactive activities to use in a group or one-on-one setting.
The ten chapters include:
My Genes and My Genes
Shape, Size and Sports
A Different Perspective
Body Size Diversity
Are You What You Eat?
Work Out or Play?
About the Authors:
Ester A. Leutenberg has worked in the mental health profession for many years as an author, publisher and as an advocate for those suffering from loss. She personally experienced a loss when her son Mitchell, after struggling with a mental illness for eight years, died by suicide in 1986.
Soon after, as a way of both healing and helping others, she co-founded Wellness Reproductions & Publishing with her daughter Kathy Khalsa. Ester began developing therapeutic products that help facilitators help their clients. She is the co-author of the SEALS series for teenagers as well as Meaningful Life Skills for older adults, and the eight-book Life Management Skills series for adults.
Ester has co-written the following, all published by Whole Person Associates:
Mental Health & Life Skills Workbook Series for Facilitators
Teen Mental Health &Life Skills Workbook Series for Facilitators
Coping Workbook Series for Facilitators
Transitional Life Skills for Teens Series
Veterans ~ Surviving and Thriving after Trauma
The Complete Caregiver Support Guide
Motivation ~ Identifying strengths, interests, abilities, hopes and dreams
Creating a Healthy Balanced Life
Griefwork ~ Healing from Loss
GriefWork for Teens ~ Healing from Loss
The GriefWork Companion ~ Activities for Healing
Breaking Up is Hard to Do ~ Support for Partners Ending a Committee Relationship
Ester, a breast cancer survivor since 2003, has counseled other survivors in overcoming body-loss issues. Her involvements with Survivors of Suicide, the Coyote Task Force in Tucson, various support groups in Sun City Oro Valley and volunteering at two hospitals are among many ways she continues to feed her passion of helping mentally ill people, their facilitators and their families.
Carol A. Butler, MS Ed RN, C, has a Master of Science in Education and School Counseling, a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies and is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Registered Nurse. The activities in her publications were developed in response to clients’ needs, and have been utilized effectively with diverse populations.
She has taught children and adults, provided vocational counseling, worked in mental health care for children, adolescents, and adults in hospital and community settings. She currently works as a Behavioral Health Charge Nurse.
Carol is the author of the book and corresponding card deck, 100 Interactive Activities for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery, and Motivation: Identifying strengths, interests, abilities, hopes, and dreams.