Using Quotes in Group
Strategies for getting the most out of the using quotes in group therapy
Why use Quotes?
Quotes can be a great resource for teaching critical thinking and for building insight. Quotes can be interpreted in many different ways and applied to various situations. Participants in a group can share their thoughts in a safe environment and learn to see others' perspectives. Quotes don't have to be good or bad, right or wrong. This allows the participants of the group to practice being non-judgmental of themselves and others.
Ways to Use Quotes Effectively
There are many activities to do involving the use of quotes. Here are some of those ideas:
- Icebreaker questions. Quotes serve as a non-threatening opportunity for clients to share their thoughts and experiences to the extent that they feel comfortable.
- Small group quote projects. Asking clients to work in small groups to interpret, evaluate, apply, and create something based on a quote is a great way to encourage collaboration and creativity. Small group projects are a great strategy when level of functioning is diverse in a mental health group. Projects can include creating stories, posters, brochures, poems, games, etc.
- Review and assess learning. Choose a quote related to any topic you teach during a session, and ask clients to explain how the quote relates to what they have learned. If they can answer well, then they have learned the main point of what you wanted the clients to learn.
- Teach Gray Thinking. Quotes provide the opportunity to teach clients to see multiple perspectives. Many quotes can be seen with different perspectives without have a right or wrong interpretation. Allow clients to share their unique interpretations and encourage peers to remain open-minded and non-judgmental.