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Activities to Enhance Social, Emotional, and Problem-Solving Skills: Ninety Activities That Teach Children, Adolescents, and Adults Skills Crucial to Success in Life, Third Edition
Malouf, John M., Ph.D.,J.D. and Nicola S. Schutte, Ph.D.
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Spiral or Cirlox / 2014-09-01 / 039808100X
Activities / Handouts / Skills Training / Infant, Child & Adolescent
price: $60.95 (may be subject to change)
290 pages
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Since the publication of the first edition in 1998, the authors have maintained a strong interest in positive psychology focusing on skills and methods for living effectively and happily. This updated and revised third edition provides descriptions of 90 engaging activities that can be used to teach valuable, social, emotional, and problem-solving skills. Some of the skills taught include identifying and expressing one's own emotions, identifying emotions in others, coping with stressors, making and keeping friends, setting goals, and solving real-life problems. The game and challenge aspects of the activities engage the trainee in the activity, while the instructional aspects of the book explain to the trainee how and when to apply a skill in everyday life. The book provides background information on the value of the skills taught by the activities, guidance on how to use the activities to maximum effect, and examples of how various types of trainees reacted to the activities. The skills taught range from the elementary, such as identifying emotions others are experiencing, to the sophisticated, such as providing leadership and solving real-life problems. Counselors, psychotherapists, teachers, and parents can use the activities to facilitate the development of important skills in maladjusted or well-adjusted individuals. Rhea Zakich, creator of the Ungame, wrote in the foreword: “I'm struck by the breadth and practicality of the subjects covered and I appreciate the suggested discussion topics at the end of each activity. . . . The fact that many of these exercises involve the entire person, body, mind and emotions, will help the participants retain what they learn and be more apt to transfer their learning to everyday life.”

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Contents:

Foreword by Rhea Zakich
Preface

1. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL , EMOTIONAL, AND PROBLEM-SOLVING ACTIVITIES
What Are Social, Emotional, and Problem-Solving Skills?
Why Use Activities to Enhance Social, Emotional, and Problem-Solving Skills?
Are Activities Effective in Enhancing Social and Emotional Skills?
Can The Activities Help Us Identify Deficits in Social, Emotional, and Problem-Solving Skills? 6
How We Developed and Evaluated the Activities
Research on Our Activities

2. PRESENTING THE ACTIVITIES
Using the Information Provided About Each Activity
Standard Approaches to Starting and Ending Activities
Ways to Maximize Engagement and Psychological Benefits
Adapting Activities for Special Populations

3. ACTIVITIES THAT TEACH HOW TO IDENTIFY AND TALK ABOUT EMOTIONS
Nonverbal Visual Indicators of Emotions
“Emotions Charades”
“Emotions Sculpting”
“Seeing Emotions”
“What Am I Feeling”
Nonverbal Voice Indicators of Emotions
“Hearing Emotions”
“Talking Without Words”
Using Sensations to Identify Emotions
“Post this Emotion”
Using Verbal, Nonverbal, and Situational Cues to Identify Emotions
“Emotions Detective”
Labeling and Discussing One’s Own Emotions
“A Penny for Your Emotions”
“Emotions Explorer”
Recognizing How Situations Influence Emotions
“Forecasting Emotions”
Connecting Emotions and Desires
“I Feel, I Want”
Confirming Guesses About Others’ Emotions
“I Think You Felt”
Telling Others Your Emotions Relating to Them
“Surprising but True”
“I to Eye”

4. ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER SELF-CONFIDENCE
Giving and Receiving Praise for Specific Behavior or Characteristics
“Precision Praise Bombardment”
“Easy as A, B, C”
“Pride Inside”
Identifying One’s Own Strengths
“My Excellent Self”
“What’s My Strength?”
Disclosing Achievements
“Pride Shapes”
Showing a Specific Skill
“Can Do”
Applying a Positive Characteristic
“Character”
Admitting Mistakes
“Confidence”

5. ACTIVITIES THAT INCREASE POSITIVE FEELINGS
Increasing Positive Feelings
“Happyville”
Giving Thanks
“The Bright Side”
Listing Others’ Good Deeds
“Deeds Indeed”
Negative Thoughts to Positive
“Morph the Thought”
Being Mindful
“Mindful”
Experiencing Flow
“Flow”
Positive Aspects of Bad Experiences
“Silver Lining”

6. ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER VALUE CLARIFICATION, GOAL-SETTING, AND PLANNING
Using Imagination to Identify Values and Goals
“I Wish I May”
Using Fantasies to Identify Values and Goals
“Goal Digging”
Identifying Desired Personal Characteristics
“Shoot for the Stars”
Setting Long-Range Goals
“Future Movie”
Setting Career Goals
“What’s My Future?”

7. ACTIVITIES THAT TEACH PROBLEM-SOLVING METHODS
Methods of Finding Ideas for Solving a Problem
“Success”
“Brainstorm”
Solving a Make-Believe Problem
“Survival”
Solving a Real Problem
“Dear Cabby”
Collaborating in Problem Solving
“Many Minds Make Light Work”
Applying Problem-Solving Methods
“What’s the Plan?”
“Tower of Brain Power”
“Cushioning”
Identifying Possible Solutions
“The Solutions Store”
Challenging Assumptions
“Opposite World”
Learning From Past Problem Solving
“Live and Learn”

8. ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER PERSISTENCE
Persisting in a New Task
“Try, Try Again”
Overcoming Obstacles in Past Achievements
“The Long and Rocky Road to Success”

9. ACTIVITIES THAT TEACH COPING METHODS
Multiple Coping Strategies
“Go Ahead”
Counseling Oneself
“Counseling Myself”
Relaxing When Stressed
“Heartbeat”
Identifying Internal Conflicts
“Pressures”
Increasing Awareness of Powerful Experiences
“Effects”
Using Imagery to Cope
“Speaking Out in Imagination”
Taking a Different Perspective
“I’m So . . .”
Making Comforting Self-Statements
“Pep Talk”
Resisting Impulsiveness
“Think it Through”
Trusting Others
“Trust”
Delaying Gratification
“Patience”

10. ACTIVITIES TO ENHANCE SOCIAL SKILLS
Multiple Social Skill
“Acting as If"
“Courage Quest”
“Dress Rehearsal”
“Goal Toss”
“Social Star”
Assertion
“If I Could do It Again”
Communicating Effectively
“Learning from Experience”
“Getting the Message”
“Active Listening”
Cooperation
“The Common Pool”
“Prisoner’s Dilemma”
“Future Framing”
“Treasure Hunt”
Friendly Behavior
“Self-Coaching”
“Climbing Mt. Good Deed”
Friendship Behavior
“Want Ads: Friends”
Increasing Helping Behaviour
“Helping”
Helping Others Solve Problems
“Peer Counselor”
Interacting at Social Gatherings
“Ice Breaking”
“Making Contact”
Interviewing
“Inter-View”
Leadership
“Getting the Job Done”
Losing Well
“Losing Well”
Social Image Awareness
“My Image”
“My Way”
Sending and Receiving Nonverbal Messages
“Silent Message”
Social Rules
“Social Links”
“Team Challenge”
When to Keep Talking
“Red Light, Green Light”
“Yes, But”
“Yes, Butter”

Appendix: Commercial Games
References
Index

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