Overview

Facilitate support and approval for your focus person

This exercise is designed for teachers, sports coaches, therapists and others who work with a focus person and have to include parents, partners or managers in the cooperation.

First round – with the focus persons:

  1. Place a Magnum Set on the floor in a long row. Ask the participants to find a picture card that illustrates their feelings about going to school, practising sports at elite levels, playing music, fulfilling their role in the household, changing career tracks, etc. and move it down below the row.
  2. Ask each focus person to present their picture card in plenum. Ask who wants to go first. Some of them may need a lot of time to present; it is important that you allow them to take as much they need without trying to assist them. When the person is finished presenting, it is allowed to ask questions.
  3. After each presentation, you can ask the participant what the card says about their mood, emotional well-being, personal situation, etc.
  4. When you have discussed the possible interpretations in the group, you ask the participant to pick a card from the row that symbolizes the result of the discussion. Tell them to place this under their presentation card.
  5. Then you ask the next person to present and repeat steps 2-4.
  6. You end the exercise with a general conclusion, for instance by pointing out tendencies or common features in the discussions.

Second round – with the parents, partners or managers

  1. Place the Magnum Set on the floor in a row once more. Ask the participants to choose the card that they think their child/partner/employee would choose to express how they feel about going to school, practising sports at elite levels, playing music, fulfilling their role in the household, changing career tracks, etc. and move it down below the row.
  2. Ask the participants to take turns presenting their choice.
  3. After each presentation, ask the participant what they think it says about the mood, emotional well-being, personal situation, etc., of the focus person.
  4. When you have discussed the possible interpretations in the group, you ask the participant to pick a card from the row that symbolizes the result of the discussion. Ask them to place this under their presentation card.
  5. Then you take the two picture cards and place them next to the cards chosen by the focus person. Without saying anything about the focus person’s presentation, you can discuss all four cards together.
  6. When the conversation is finished, you put back the cards to their original position.
  7. Then you move on to the next participant and repeat step 2-5.
  8. You end the exercise with a general conclusion, for instance by pointing out tendencies or common features in the discussions.

Both parts of the exercise can be done one-to-one.

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