Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Journal sticks

For Teens!

Journals are great, but some clients have a hard time getting started.  Be prepared, and have some topics ready, then keep them on you for those convenient journaling moments!

Many of these questions were adapted from "Everyday Leadership" cards, by Mariam G. MacGrefor.  Specifically for teens these cards include questions about communication, doing the right thing, self-awareness, and leadership.  These cards are awesome, you can get them off of Amazon, but here are some questions I have changed to be PSR appropriate, to be written about in a journal, or are great discussion starters.

Are you good at following through when starting something? Why or why not?
During a discussion or argument, how do you get others to see your side of things?
Are you a good listener? If so, in what ways are you good at listening? Think of someone you know who is a good listener, and list ways you feel they listen to others. 
Think of a situation you felt overwhelmed or uncomfortable, how did you handle it? Would you do anything differently?
Have you ever done something you regret? How did you handle feeling regret, and how can you help others from making the same mistake? 
Do you have a role model? What makes them your role model? Are you a role model to someone else?
Think of a time when you were jealous.  How do you handle jealousy, do you react differently with you family than with your friends?
Are you good at asking for help? Give an example.
Describe a trustworthy person. How do you know they are trustworthy, and do you have these qualities?
Think of a time when you tried your best, and it didn't work out.  How did you handle it?  Would you do it over again?
Who do you feel you listen to and or trust more, family or friends? Why?

Describe a movie you star in.  Who would play you in the movie? What is the title of the movie, and your theme song?
How do you think your friends would describe you? How would someone you first met describe you?
What would you do if you witnessed a friend doing something you knew was wrong?
Describe a time when you told a lie.  Did this lead to bigger lies? What did you do?
Think of an embarrassing moment.  How did you handle being embarrassed, and how could you act the next time you are embarrassed?

These are just a few of the questions from these cards I have altered for my clients, and would give you more, but am afraid of being sued!  These cards are amazing, and give you prompts to help teens take a good look at themselves.  Hopefully this will get you started, and can think of some other questions to get your clients thinking. 



  1. These are great! I am going to use them for one of my clients who has a difficult time talking in therapy, but loves activities! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Is there a version for adults?

  3. I think adults could use this too, just modify the questions as you see fit! :)