Supplies: Treasure box (Michaels has wooden “treasure” boxes that are cheap and easy to decorate. Directions on how to make a paper one can be found here; Stick-on plastic jewels (found at crafts stores, oriental trading co., etc.); Small note cards (cut to fit the box); Pen.
Directions: First, have your client decorate a treasure chest. Then stick a jewel to each card as your client writes down the “task” that is assigned to that specific color (see below). On the back of the card they include a specific example of how what they identified has helped them in the past and/or how it will help them in the future. Below are examples of possible color codes, but you should change them to meet your client’s specific age and needs. In the end the chest will be full with a stack of jeweled cards.
- Blue: Strengths (Identified by both the client and therapist)
- Red: Coping skills
- Green: Supportive people in their life
- Orange: Resources from therapist (ex. hotline numbers, therapist referrals or directions for reenrolling in services.)
- Purple: Self-care activities
- Pink: Inspiration (future goals, motivational quotes, etc.)
- Yellow: Things they have learned in therapy