This intervention was created by Dr. Sue C. Bratton and Clair shared it with attendees at the “Sticky Situations: Ethical Dilemmas in Play Therapy Supervision” Workshop.
- Small portion of model magic
- Variety of craft supplies
- Plastic plate/work surface
- Encourage student to explore their clay with eyes open and then eyes closed.
- Ask student questions about what they notice about the clay, the texture, if it feels cool or warm, does it feel different with eyes open or closed, etc.
- If comfortable, keep eyes closed and create an animal that you like best or best symbolizes you. Then make that animal/image out of clay – it doesn’t have to be a real animal, or it can be part real and part imaginary.
- Once they are finished, have each person show/tell about their animals and why they chose that animal/image.
- Next, create a safe environment for the animal – create a world for their animal. A place where the creature feels safe, comfortable, and has what it needs.