Facilitator Reproducible Guided Self-Exploration Activities
Pain is an inevitable part of everyone’s life, and the effective management of pain is critical in people’s life satisfaction and general well-being. Physical pain is any pain experienced in the body signaling something wrong in the body and needing to be fixed. Emotional pain is the feelings associated with an emotional trauma either from the past or present.
Both physical pain and emotional pain have potential to cause considerable problems in a person’s life. Both types of pain must be explored and managed in order for people to live satisfying and healthy lives. Sometimes emotional issues manifest as physical discomfort; often physical pain leads to emotional suffering.
The Coping with Emotional & Physical Pain Workbook contains assessments and guided self-exploration activities that can be used with a variety of populations to help participants cope more effectively with the various types of pain in their lives. Each chapter of this workbook begins with an annotated Table of Contents with notes and examples for the facilitator. Each chapter contains two primary elements: 1) A set of assessments to help participants gather information about themselves in a focused situation, and 2) a set of guided self-exploration activities to help participants process information and learn ways of coping with emotional and physical pain.
Use the assessments and activities in this workbook to help your clients cope more effectively with the physical and emotional pain in their lives. All of the guided activities are fully reproducible.
Activities are divided into four chapters to help you identify and select assessments easily and quickly:
Chapter 1: Types of Emotional Pain
This chapter helps participants explore the various types of emotional pain they may be experiencing.
Chapter 2: Coping With Emotional Pain
This chapter helps participants identify their emotional pain coping skills.
Chapter 3: Level of Physical Pain
This chapter helps participants explore the level of their physical pain.
Chapter 4: Pain Management
This chapter helps participants identify how effectively they are managing the physical pain they are experiencing
All of the guided activities are fully reproducible for use with your clients/participants.
About the Authors:
Ester 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 theSEALS series for teenagers as well as Meaningful Life Skills for older adults, and the eight-book Life Management Skills series for adults.
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.
John J. Liptak is the Associate Director of Career Services and adjunct instructor in the Counselor Education Department at Radford University. He received his EdD in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. He has worked in a variety of settings including a federal prison, a mental health center, a job training program, and now in higher education.
Dr. Liptak frequently conducts workshops on assessment-related topics. He has written seven books on career-related topics that have been featured in numerous newspapers including The Washington Post, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Associated Press. His work has also been featured on MSNBC, CNN Radio and on the PAX/ION television series, "Success Without a College Degree."
At Radford University, he works with college students entering internships or preparing for graduation and entrance in the workplace. Through individual coaching sessions, workshops, and classroom presentations he helps students develop the emotional intelligence skills they need to be effective in the world-of-work. He is teaching a senior-level course that will teach emotional intelligence skills to graduating seniors.
With Kathy Khalsa and Ester Leutenberg, John has written three comprehensive books for teachers and counselors to use with their students and clients: The Self-Esteem Program, The Social Skills Program, and The Stress Management Program: Inventories, Activities & Educational Handouts. With Whole Person Associates, he and Ester continue to co-write books to add to their Mental Health & Life Skills Workbook series, and their Teen Mental Health Series as well as the new Coping Series, the Mind-Body Wellness Series, and the Family Issues Series.
John resides in Radford, Virginia with his wife Kathy, and their Shih Tzu named "MacKenzie."