Music Activities & More For Teaching Dbt Skills And Enhancing Any Therapy

Music Activities & More For Teaching Dbt Skills And Enhancing Any Therapy

by Deborah Spiegel Mt-Bc

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ISBN-13: 9781449096601
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 03/31/2010
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 1,227,210
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.18(d)

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Music Activities & More for Teaching DBT Skills and Enhancing Any Therapy

EVEN FOR THE NON-MUSICIAN
By Deborah Spiegel

AuthorHouse

Copyright © 2010 Deborah Spiegel MT-BC
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4490-9660-1


Chapter One

LISTENING TO MUSIC: CHOOSE A SONG THAT DESCRIBES YOU

Therapeutic Value:

This listening activity is good for self expression, self exploration and skill application. The same piece of music will affect each person differently, and each person will have a very different interpretation of what the song means to them. Their interpretations are very telling.

DBT Skills that are reinforced:

Core Mindfulness: one-mindfully, non-judgmentally, effectively Emotion Regulation: mindful of current emotion, increasing positive emotions by doing pleasant things that are possible now Distress Tolerance: distracting with Wise Mind ACCEPTS - (activities, contributing, comparisons, thoughts, sensations), self-soothe, one thing in the moment, willingness, IMPROVE the moment

Supplies Needed:

A list of songs that the group members can select from and listen to, CDs or iPod with recorded music to play

Instructions:

1. Ask group participants to choose a song that describes something about them. Tell them not to base their choice on the fact that they like the singer or the beat but rather to select one based on the fact that it says something about them.

2. Ask everyone to listen to each selected song and be prepared to share what it means to them.

3. After listening to their song have the person who chose it describe why they chose that song.

4. Next ask the other group members what that song means to them.

5. Finally, ask group members to think about what they would say to a person who is in a situation like the one in the song. What skills would they recommend? What advice would they give the singer of that song? Were there any skills used in the song? What skills could group members use or have they used when faced with similar situations?

Examples of Songs Group Members Chose and Why

Perfect by Simple Plan "because I'm not perfect enough so Dad left me" Skills they could have used- rational vs. irrational, self-soothe, IMPROVE the moment with self-encouragement. One Step Closer by Linkin Park "because I feel one step closer to the edge of angry outbursts." Skills they could have used- self-soothe, imagery, breathing, pros & cons. Time of Your Life by Green Day "because I want to get through this part of my life and look back and say I had a good life, made good decisions, and got through it and had a good life." Skills used- increase positive emotions with goal-setting Blue by Eiffel 65, "because I'm blue." Skills they could have used- self-soothe, increase positive emotions

LISTENING TO MUSIC: THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS

Therapeutic Value:

This is a good exercise for self expression, emotional release, and for an opportunity to review and reinforce skills.

DBT Skills that are reinforced:

Core Mindfulness: one-mindfully, non-judgmentally, effectively Emotion Regulation: mindful of current emotion, increasing positive emotions by doing pleasant things that are possible now Distress Tolerance: distracting with Wise Mind ACCEPTS - (activities, contributing, comparisons, thoughts, sensations), self-soothe, one thing in the moment, willingness, IMPROVE the moment

Supplies Needed:

CDs or iPod with recorded music to play. Paper, pencils, markers, colors, art supplies, etc.

Instructions:

While listening to music, have the group members write down their feelings and thoughts about each song or even draw to the music.

Follow by sharing and discussion of skills.

Examples:

Hope by Shaggy- "If I didn't have hope when I roll out of bed each morning, I would probably be dead. Never forget that there is always hope."

Arms Wide Open by Creed- "This song made me feel hopeful and think about showing my baby the world."

Oops I Did It Again by Brittany Spears- "So many times I've messed up. I need to realize that I'm not only hurting myself but others, and it hurts to know I'm causing that pain. I've made too many people believe that I'm getting better when, in fact, I'm slowly dying away inside."

Wishing It Was by Santana- "This song makes me feel good. I can relate to it because I always wish things were different. But I am hopeful, and I know things will change and be better."

Kryptonite- "This song is about me and the secrets I keep about my dad"

LISTENING TO MUSIC: LYRIC ANALYSIS

Therapeutic Value:

Lyric analysis involves listening to music with a focus on discussing something about the lyrics afterward. It is great for focusing and for self expression, self exploration, and self disclosure.

DBT Skills that are reinforced:

Core Mindfulness: one-mindfully, nonjudgmentally, observe, describe, participate

Emotion Regulation: rational irrational, increasing positive emotions

Distress Tolerance: distraction (with activities, contributing, comparisons, opposite emotions, pushing away, other thoughts), radical acceptance, willingness, self soothe, IMPROVE the moment (with imagery, meaning, relaxation, one thing in the moment, vacation)

Supplies Needed:

Bring a print out of a song's lyrics and a recording of the song. You can use just about any song the group members like that fits the regulations of your facility ... (Some facilities have a pretty strict code of what is appropriate to listen to such as nothing with explicit lyrics, drugs, sex, violence ...) You can also print out questions such as those on the following page.

Instructions:

1. Pass out a copy of the lyrics first, if possible.

2. Ask thought provoking questions after.

The following page is an example of lyric analysis done to the song All Star by Smash Mouth

ALL STAR by Smash Mouth

So much to do so much to see So what's wrong with takin the backstreets You'll never know if you don't go. You'll never shine if you don't glow.

1. What does this mean to you?

2. What is it that you want to accomplish, experience, have, be, or do, yet so far, something has stopped you from trying it?

Hey now, you're an All Star, get your game on, go play

3. What is your game?

Hey now, you're a Rock Star, get the show on, get paid And all that glitters is gold Only shooting stars break the mold.

4. Shoot past your own limitations. Dream big. Do it. You CAN do it!! What limiting thought is keeping you from doing it?

Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming.

5. Time goes by. Are you willing to take a step towards being the glittering star that only you can be and shine? What is the first step for you?

LISTENING TO MUSIC: NAME THAT TUNE/SING THE NEXT LINE

Therapeutic Value:

Teamwork, good sportsmanship, mindfulness, reality orientation, and skill reinforcement

DBT Skills that are reinforced:

Core Mindfulness: one-mindfully, non-judgmentally, effectively Emotion Regulation: increasing positive emotions by doing pleasant things that are possible now Distress Tolerance: Distracting with Wise Mind ACCEPTS - (activities, contributing, comparisons, opposite emotions, thoughts, sensations), self-soothe, one thing in the moment, willingness, IMPROVE the moment (meaning, one thing in the moment, encouragement)

Supplies Needed:

A variety of recorded songs and paper or a white board to keep score

Instructions:

1. Divide into teams.

2. The first team has 30 seconds to name that tune, and then when you stop the music, someone from that team has to sing the next line.

3. After you stop the music and someone sings the next line, play the music again to see if they were correct.

4. It is possible to get 2 points for naming the tune and another 2 points for singing the next line correctly.

5. If team 1 doesn't guess correctly in time, team 2 gets to try for the next 30 seconds on the same song.

6. Regardless of who got the correct answers to the first song, or if no one got them correct, then move on to the next song and it is now team 2s turn. If team 2 doesn't guess correctly in time, team 1 gets to try.

LISTENING TO MUSIC: BINGO

Therapeutic Value:

Paying attention, socialization, reality orienting to here and now

DBT Skills that are reinforced:

Core Mindfulness: one-mindfully, non-judgmentally, effectively Emotion Regulation: increasing positive emotions by doing pleasant things that are possible now Distress Tolerance: Distracting with Wise Mind ACCEPTS - (activities, contributing, comparisons, opposite emotions, thoughts), self-soothe, one thing in the moment, willingness, IMPROVE the moment (one thing in the moment, encouragement)

Supplies Needed:

On the next page is a blank bingo game form. Fill in the blanks with song titles that are familiar to the group members. Rearrange the sequence on each bingo card so no one gets bingo at the same time. Bring recordings of each of the songs.

Instructions:

1... Play the songs on the CD player. Play each song for 30 seconds. Players put a marker on their bingo card. Anyone who knows the answer says the answer out loud so that everyone else knows which one to mark.

2... Whoever gets bingo has to read off the titles in the winning row to verify that all the songs were played. Then they get to choose a song to listen to on the CD player listening to the entire song.

3. Another way to play is to give a verbal cue such as "This song was the theme song to a Disney movie," and the group members look on the card and guess "In the Jungle". Whoever guessed correctly first gets to give the next clue. The person giving clues cannot use the title as part of the clue.

SONG WRITING: POSTIVE AFFIRMATIONS

Therapeutic Value: self-expression, reinforcement of skills, teamwork, respect

DBT Skills that are reinforced:

Mindfulness: Non-judgmentally, effectively, observe describe participate, one-mindfully Interpersonal Effectiveness: DEARMAN, GIVE, FAST Emotion regulation: build mastery, build positive experiences Distress Tolerance: distraction-(activities, contributing, comparison, emotions, pushing away, thoughts, sensations) self soothe, IMPROVE, willingness, radical acceptance, Improve the Moment with Imagery, Meaning, Prayer, Relaxation, focus on One thing in the moment, brief Vacation, and self Encouragement

About Affirmations:

Music is a powerful way to anchor thoughts into our subconscious mind. TV ads and radio commercials use jingles that stay in our heads, so we buy whatever they are advertising. What better way to reprogram our subconscious mind with positive affirmations and words of encouragement than to write a song and put the positive lyrics to music!

An affirmation is a positive statement in present tense as if it is happening now.

Thoughts can either limit us or create the results we want. The idea is to become aware of our thoughts and to allow only positive thoughts to dominate our thinking. We will be painting a picture of what we want to be true as if it already is. By telling ourselves we can succeed we can.

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencils, (karaoke CDs if you have them or want to use them)

Instructions:

1. Have group members fill in these blanks: I deserve___, I am willing to ___, I am learning to ___.

2. Go around the room so they can share what they have written.

3. Ask them how it felt to say the statements. (Positive, encouraging, empowering.)

4. Ask group members to write out 3 negative things they tell themselves. I am ___. And then turn them into positive affirmations. For example: I always make mistakes. I am stupid. I never do anything right. Affirmation: I am getting better every time I do this. I am learning every day. It's okay to make mistakes. Willingness to fail leads to success.

5. Give the direction: "paint a picture in words of how you want things to be for you. You can use the sentences with the filled in blanks or not. This can look like a song, a rap, a paragraph, some sentences describing what you put in those 3 blanks or using other affirmations."

6. You could arrange this as a partner activity.

7. You can offer the use of karaoke CDs for background music when they read or rap their story or poem or song. Some will sing their song without music or will just read it.

Group Members' Song Examples Using Affirmations:

I can get through this because I know I can do anything I put my mind to I'm good at what I do and I can accomplish whatever I try to I'm smart and loveable, have faith in myself I am great, strong, unique unlike anyone else I work hard learn DBT using skills every day I handle depression and avoid aggression or oppression, cope well with words I can't say I'm free, my life is good, I let others in Communicate, be a success, just got to begin. I can do it I know that I can I can go any length with you by my side I can feel it now, so sure and so true I'm gonna make it, and to my heart be true.

1. I strive I'm determined Learning the ropes to achieve I strive I'm determined So give me my papers I'm ready to leave.

Chorus: Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed

2. I can survive Stay off the dope I have A life I'm learning now how to really cope.

Chorus: Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed

3. I am Motivated Exercise makes me elated I take My medications So I don't get agitated

Chorus: Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed

4. If I Stay away -From drug abuse I won't go Waka doodle Or- knock a screw loose

Chorus: Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed

5. To work Is to Live To live is to be free The sweet Sweet freedom -of- sobriety.

Chorus: Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed Because I'm awake and aware now Determined to succeed

SONG WRITING: METAPHORS

Therapeutic Value:

Creative self-expression.

DBT Skills that are reinforced:

Core mindfulness: Non-judgmentally, effectively, observe describe participate, one-mindfully

Emotion regulation: build mastery, build positive experiences

Distress Tolerance: distraction-(activities, contributing, comparison, emotions, pushing away, thoughts, sensations) self soothe, IMPROVE, willingness, radical acceptance, Improve the Moment with Imagery, Meaning, Prayer, Relaxation, focus on One thing in the moment, brief Vacation, and self Encouragement

Supplies Needed:

A list of action words (such as slide, glide, blow, flow, jump, fall) and/or metaphors (such as a sinking ship, a maze, a castle) which group members can use to describe their lives.

Instructions:

1. Pass out the list of action words and/or metaphors and have each person circle any of the words that describe them or that speak to them.

2. Ask them to write sentences describing why they circled those words.

3. Write a song or a rap or a poem or a paragraph from that material.

Group Members' Song Examples Using Metaphors:

"My life reminds me of two different things: A maze and a lonely crowd. A maze because my life takes many turns. Sometimes I find a deer path and sometimes I run into a wall; a lonely crowd because very few people understand what's going on to talk with me yet there are hundreds of people around.

I'm in a maze Can't find my way out I turn and turn I look about I do not know From where I came But surely know I've got me to blame ..."

"My life is like a battlefield Because every day I live is A fight to go on Nobody feels what I feel So I bite my tongue And move on."

"My life is like a lonely crowd Waiting to be heard Wanting to be loved and understood Not knowing or realizing No one really cares."

"My life is like thin ice For I never know How long it will be Before I fall in to all The hurt and pain I feel"

SONG WRITING: GROUP SONG WRITING

Therapeutic Value:

This is a great way for group members to work together, to each contribute to the whole, to express themselves, to brainstorm, to be heard, to be unique, to be creative.

DBT Skills that are reinforced:

Core mindfulness: Non-judgmentally, effectively, observe describe participate, one-mindfully

Emotion regulation: build mastery, build positive experiences

Distress Tolerance: distraction-(activities, contributing, comparison, emotions, pushing away, thoughts, sensations) self soothe, willingness, radical acceptance, , IMPROVE the Moment with Imagery, Meaning, Prayer, Relaxation, focus on One thing in the moment, brief Vacation, and self Encouragement

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR....................3
INTRODUCTION....................7
DBT SKILLS SUMMARY....................9
MUSIC THERAPY....................13
LISTENING TO MUSIC....................15
Choose a Song that Describes You....................16
Thoughts and Feelings....................19
Lyric Analysis....................21
Name That Tune/ Sing the Next Line....................23
Bingo....................25
Positive Affirmations....................28
Metaphors....................31
Group Song Writing....................33
Self-Expression....................36
MOVEMENT....................39
MAKING MUSIC....................41
Activities for Melodic Instruments....................42
Activities for Drums and Rhythm Instruments....................45
Rhythm Activity-No Instruments....................48
Singing Karaoke....................50
GUIDED IMAGERY....................51
Relaxation & Stress Relief....................54
Wise One....................56
Success....................59
SONGS....................63
The Roller Coaster Ride....................65
The Message....................69
The System....................73
I'm Gonna Make It....................76
Pros & Cons....................80
RESOURCES....................83

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