exercises that allow clients to identify and take part in fun activities outside of therapy when they want to feel good. The goal of activity scheduling is to encourage continued participation in rewarding and healthy experiences and to help youth build positive friendships.
“What should my therapist be doing?”
- Explaining to your child how doing different activities affect his feelings
- Brainstorming some activities that your child can do to boost his mood
- Providing some kind of demonstration to your child about the mood-boosting effects of engaging in pleasant activities
- Encouraging your child to engage in enjoyable behaviors when feeling depressed after initial therapy session
“What should I be doing?”
- Encouraging your child to engage in fun, new activities (e.g., playing sports)
- Participating in your child’s activities
- Praising and supporting your child for engaging in positive activities
“How will I know if it is working?”
- Overall improvement in your child’s mood
- Your child is more willing to engage in the proposed activities
To see an extended example, click here and look at pages 19-21.