Rites of Passage Altered book for Teens with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

(8) altered books (size varies depending on display)

Purpose: The purpose of this exercise is to help teen create a Rites of Passage Passport Altered book and then discuss what she’ll need to accomplish these goals.
Goal: Have them assess if they are heading in the right direction toward attaining the goals that they set out for themselves, and what they can do to head toward success (like a vision board in a book). Their goal is to problem solve for their own future.
Theory: Mindfulness, Gestalt, Behavioral (because we are focusing on how to get where we want to go when faced with an obstacle)

Therapeutic Properties of the Media:
        Building up the self in the form of recalling what we already know, increases our independence and self-concept. Developing a steady voice from within is paramount for teens with ODD. Books can help engender this skill. “Dusty old books may represent neglected or forgotten knowledge, or an earlier “chapter” of one’s life. Opening or closing a book may symbolize opening or closing a stage in one’s life” (Chilton, 2007). Altered books offer a place for self-discovery and freedom of expression. The concrete nature of the book offers permanence.
        “The exercise of reauthoring a book that already exists symbolizes the parallel possibilities that clients have to reauthor their own lives. The altered book making process also helps therapists facilitate narrative conversations that are otherwise static. Using dominant stories, externalization, and unique outcomes, the therapist may help clients penetrate stories that generate new meaning and alternative stories that clients may then use to resolve their dilemmas” (Cobb & Negash, 2010). Altered bookmaking helps clients retell stories and messages that could be negative, reinventing them in a new light.
Chilton, G. (2007). Altered books in art therapy with adolescents. Art Therapy, 24(2), 59-63.
Cobb, R. A., & Negash, S. (2010). Altered book making as a form of art therapy: A narrative approach. Journal of family psychotherapy, 21(1), 54-69.

  • Adaptations: Use an old record album (two fold cover) or CD (cardboard based) cover, if possible with multi-pages inside.   
  • Creative Options: Tear out pages to make envelopes that can be glued inside the book (ala Griffin and Sabine books). Create letters that can go into the envelopes
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