Some students do not find it easy to communicate their real inner perceptions, thoughts and feelings. Students may “shut down” and “clam up.” What you think might be a productive interaction turns into a challenging endeavor to obtain ANY information from the student.
Color-based counseling activities provide powerful methods for helping in these situations. Color has been known to have positive psychological and therapeutic effects. It has been used to understand underlying emotional language and evoke specific mood or feelings since ancient Egypt. As early as the year 980, color has been used as a tool in alternative medicine to help treat disease. Today, an understanding of the psychological effects of color is widely used in business, hospitals and correction institutions. When counseling children, color-based methods can enhance the effectiveness of the interaction. For example, using simple directive and non-directive coloring-based activities, students can feel less threatened and more able to communicate their unfiltered inner experiences, thoughts and feelings.
In this insightful and creative 90-minute webinar, Anthony Pearson (elementary school counselor, child therapist and author), will guide participants through different ways to use fun color-based activities designed to facilitate avenues of more meaningful dialogue with students. He will provide several key insights and recommendations for using these kinds of activities in different situations in one-on-one counseling, in groups and in the classroom.
To augment the PowerPoint™ presentation and activities, each participant will receive a (PDF) resource packet of the presentation with ideas, reproducible forms, activities and other suggested resources.
Anthony Pearson, Ed.S. LPC, NCC is the author of Guidance with Good Measure, Baby Bear Eats the Night and co-author of the new book with CD, Counseling With Color: Creative Activities for Helping Children Explore Their Feelings and Perceptions. He has been an elementary school counselor in Cobb County, Georgia and also works with children and families in private practice for over 10 years. Anthony’s focus is on finding creative and fun methods to help children reach their greatest potential. Anthony has been named a finalist for Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.