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SESSION FOUR: Emotional Resilience

PRIOR TO SESSION
MATERIALS:
33 pebbles (G) (Mitchell, 2017)
13 sheets of paper
Color Pencils
Glue Sticks
Scissors
Permanent Markers
PREPARATION:
Review session plan; post group rules; sharpen pencils and color pencils; separate 3 pebbles per person, and arrange chairs into circle

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WELCOME (10 minutes)
• Welcome participants and do a name round to assist members with names
• Mention that this is session 4 of 6 sessions
• Ask what they learned about the last week session (Mental Resiliency)
• Purpose of today’s session is how emotional Resilience allow us to find positive things even when circumstances stay grim.
WARM UP (20 minutes)
• Emotional Resilience exercise our capability to imagine, dream, plan, and create.
• Emotional Resilience is when you engage in regular reflection on things beautiful, fanciful, and visionary.
In scale from 1 to 10 from 1 being not emotional resilience at all and 10 being very emotional resilience. How would you rate yourself?
Do you believe in self-affirmations?
Is there something you would like to share about emotional resilience?

WORKING PHASE (40 minutes)
• Truly resilient people who need to survive the harshest situations and still accomplish goals balance a positive outlook with a realistic view of the world.
• When we avoid scary things, we become more scared. When you face your fears, they become less frightening.
• Emotional Resilience is not only to keep you sharp but has a whole host of positive health benefits.
Exercise: Distribute blank paper, markers, scissors, flat marbles (3 per person), glue sticks, color pencils. Ask participants to get on smaller groups of dyads and triads. The participants will be asked to share with their partner the tools but not the marbles. They will be provided with instructions to write down a word that inspires them to overcome a challenge. With this word they will then glue it to the bottom of the marble and have the marble to serve as a reminder that they are able to bounce back from any hardship in life. They will be given 7 minutes to complete this task.. While participants are in smaller groups, walk around the room and answer any questions participants may have about the exercise.
• Why did you choose that word/s?
• Do you think these pebbles served as a reminder to you to have faith that things will get better?
• Would you consider gifting one of your pebbles to someone or sharing the idea?

PROCESS/CLOSING PHASE (20 minutes)
• Ask the following questions: How can you integrate these skills over the next week? What stood out to you about today’s session?
• Thank the group for all the hard work they did today.
• Next week will talk about Social Resilience.
• REMEMBER:
WHO YOU SEE HERE, WHAT YOU HEAR HERE, WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE, LET IT STAY HERE

SESSION FIVE: Social Resilience
(1.5 hours)

PRIOR TO SESSION
MATERIALS:

11 “The Health Benefits of Socializing” handouts (H) (Troyer, 2016)
11 “I ? conversations” handouts (I)

PREPARATION:
Review session plan; post group rules; copy and organize handouts; retrieve lined paper; sharpen pencils; arrange chairs into circle (space permitting)

WELCOME (10 minutes)
• Welcome participants. Mention that this is session 5 of 6 sessions. Mention that we are now close to ending this group counseling program
• Last week we talked about emotional resilience

WARM UP (20 minutes)
Did you know that connecting with friends may also boost your brain health and lower a risk of dementia?
Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression.
o In scale from 1 to 10 from 1 being not social at all and 10 been very social. How would you rate yourself?
o What do you do to socialize?
o What do you are the benefits of socializing?

WORKING PHASE (40 minutes)
• Part of communicating effectively involves expressing your own feelings and expressing or showing that you understand or are trying to understand the feelings of others.
• Communication is all about understanding perspectives, interpretations, and values.
• When you stay in touch with others socially, you are being socially resilient.

Exercise: We will distribute the “I ? conversations” handout and ask participants to get on smaller groups of dyads and triads. During this exercise the members will complete the statements inside the ? for their partner. This will help improve their social connections-social resilience. After they are done with working with their partners they will go back to a larger group and then share their experiences.
Exercise processing questions:
How did you feel about the statements written in the ? and having to write something about your partner?
Did you feel more connected to your partner after the activity?
Is there something you would add or remove from this activity?

PROCESS/CLOSING PHASE (20 minutes)
• Ask the following questions: How can you integrate these skills over the next week? What stood out to you about today’s session?
• Invite participants to keep in touch with others.
• Thank the group for all the hard work they did today.
• Remind them that next week will be our last meeting
• REMEMBER:
WHO YOU SEE HERE, WHAT YOU HEAR HERE, WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE, LET IT STAY HERE

LAST SESSION PLAN
(1.5 hours)
• PRIOR TO SESSION
MATERIALS:
11 paper plates
11 Left Over Handouts (J)
11 Color Markers
11 sheets of paper
PREPARATION:
Review session plan; post group rules; organize paper plates and blank sheets of paper; arrange chairs into circle (space permitting)

WELCOME (5 minutes)
• Welcome participants.
• Mention that this is the last session. Ask participants how ready they are for group to end. Reassure members that will really work on having everyone ready by the end of the session.
• Today we will review and summarize what we have learned over the past six weeks. We will also focus on formulating a plan for applying that learning. We will assess how group members have grown and changed, finish unfinished business, and talk about feelings that members may have about the group ending.

WARM UP (15 minutes)
Activity: Go over the four Resilience skills that we have learned throughout these sessions.
What has stood out for you on physical, mental, emotional, and social resilience?
Can you share an activity that you enjoyed doing during these last sessions?

WORKING PHASE (30 minutes)
• Briefly review major points of previous sessions. This summary should be no longer than 8 minutes.
• Remember a group member first name and what they remember about them?
• Ask participants to acknowledge and celebrate the growth of other participants. Congratulate participants on their growth.

Exercise: We will distribute paper plates to group members. It will remain a large group. In this exercise the participants will get a paper plate in which they will write any “leftover” thought from the first session that will allow them to bounce back from that situation. Instead of breaking it like the ceramic one, they will tear apart the plate as they share their personal challenges.

How do you feel after having ripped apart those thoughts?
Do you feel this exercise was helpful for you?
How would you rate it compared to the ceramic plate exercise? On a scale from 1-10 1 being not as fun to 10 being equally fun. How would you rate it?

CLOSING/PROCESS PHASE (40 minutes)
• For the closing phase, focus on handling feelings of separation and saying goodbye. One way to do this is to tell every member an I wish you well message in a piece of paper

Writing Exercise: One a blank piece of paper each member will write an “I wish you…” message to every member of the group and they will share it with each other.

• For most members saying goodbye will be a smooth process. However, some members may experience anxiety. Facilitate members handling separation feelings by validating that such feelings are normal. Allow members to express their feelings of sadness or loss. Point out that the sharing and closeness they experienced in this group need not end with this group. They can develop close connections with other groups/people.
• Re-emphasize the importance of maintaining confidentiality after the group has ended.
• Mention other resources that are available to them. Offer to meet with members separately if necessary.
• Let them know that will be repeating this group program again and will start in four weeks.
• If have decided to do a follow-up then mention the date, place, time of the follow-up.
• Close

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