In this interactive poster Session, attendees will be introduced to methods of infusing strengths and creativity into the termination process. Termination rituals will be visually displayed as a means to provide clients with closure, a sense of empowerment and ownership of their termination experience. The presenters will discuss the rationale for the interventions, the process of implementing the rituals and examples of strengths-based termination rituals for clinical practice with adolescents.
Termination activities are a wonderful way to punctuate clients’ successes and accomplishments in counseling and to make their final sessions memorable to youth. Activities involve a creative, strength-based approach allows both the counselor and the client to achieve closure as counseling comes to an end. Creativity can facilitate a meaningful connection to what was learned in counseling, and for some clients, it may be easier to express their feelings and experiences via the use of creative means (Headley et al., 2015). Creative interventions are also developmentally appropriate and accessible to children and adolescents. More specifically, the use of art, writing, transitional objects, and rituals can be a powerful medium when working with young clients (Paylo, Darby, Kinch, & Kress, 2014); their use during termination can provide a meaningful way to structure the termination process. As such, counselors may benefit from examples of creative termination rituals in general, and, in particular, termination rituals for use with children and adolescents.
Participants will be introduced to a way of infusing clients' strengths and creativity into the termination process.
Participants will experience a sampling of several strength-based termination rituals that can be utilized with adolescents for a variety of presenting issues.
Participants will be encouraged to integrate creativity and termination rituals into their own clinical practice.