Monday, December 10, 2012

Chain Chain Chain

 Here is a visual to help clients understand empathy for others, and how their reactions (positive or negative) can be a chain reaction, affecting more than they may realize.


This chain is an example I used for a client, using it to explain  even though it is simple to process how the other person in the argument feels, there are others who probably have strong feelings about outbursts or strong reactions.  

For example, when yelling at mom, she may feel hurt, upset or frustrated, but also may scare a younger sibling or be stressful and frustrating to other family members.

Here is how I made this family chain..

Fold a piece of paper, accordion style, folding it depending on how many people are in the client's family. 

Draw a simple outline of a person (you can also use a gingerbread man cookie cutter for an outline).

Cut out the drawing, making sure not to cut the edges of the arms.

Unfold it and you have your chain!

This activity can be altered for each individual child, environment or situation, and can also be used in different forms, like playing dominoes or making a paper chain.


  1. This is awesome! I would love to be able to pin this to my mental health board on Pinterest. I follow you all and receive your emails. Such great ideas and I've adapted many of them for the groups I do at my agency's adult PSR program. Keep up the good work!!!

    1. Thank you! It's great to hear you have been able to adapt these activities to work with adults!!

  2. I'm going to use this tonight after reading a book about good talk/bad talk and how it affects others! Thank you for the awesome ideaa!