I love what Erica Craig LCSW, RDT is doing in her Minecraft Emotional Regulation groups. Take a look at her session outline and the posters from one of her recent groups!
Erica helps her group members understand and express their feelings using tools and guidance from the popular online game, Minecraft. The kids love it! Erica says,”Conceptualizing feelings of anxiety or anger using familiar, beloved themes makes tackling these issues more accessible to kids and allows them to be more comfortable doing the work to make real change. Identifying angry feelings as hostile mobs and using natural resources to craft a stable emotional shelter is the therapeutic equivalent of a spoonful of sugar.” The kids are comfortable solving problems within the safety and structure of a group of peers with similar social issues using a method for thinking about things with a game they all love.