Length of group: 90 minutes
Number of sessions: One (could be an assortment of clients who are all preparing to transition out who may or may not have been in groups together previously).
General goal: To initiate the movement out of acute treatment/Aid in transition out of the hospital.
Outcomes measured: To measure client readiness for transitioning out of the hospital, this exercise (and the resulting art created) is almost a self-report survey in and of itself.
Warm up: Thumbprint Self Portrait (adapted from http://www.teachkidsart.net/thumbprint-self-portrait/). Give clients art supplies (markers, colored pencils, crayons, blank sheets of paper) and print-outs of what thumbprint shapes look like (loop, whorl, arch). Have them examine their own thumbprint and then choose which one fits, using it as a guide to create their “self portrait.” The portrait can include anything they want – words, images, poems, songs…anything that they feel has helped them get to where they are now. Encourage clients to think about how they are today because of their treatment and what their goals are as they prepare to leave. Ask each client to include at least one specific future goal (long term or short term, their choice) in his or her thumb print.
Enactment: Presentation of the Thumbprint Self Portrait as the artist who created it and who inspired it – who I am now as I complete this stage of my treatment, my goals as I leave the hospital.
Closure: If you could take one thing out of this room and leave one thing in this room as you prepare to leave the hospital, what would it be?