To practice memorizing the deterrent thinking patterns
Chalk/Grease Board, Group Description T-1
1. Read the Group Description. Handout Deterrent Thinking Patterns H-3.
2. Discuss the value of committing information to memory. “When we memorize a poem, song or phrase, it becomes an actual part of our mind. It helps shape our attitudes, beliefs and thinking patterns. By committing something to memory, we can call on the information at any moment.”
3. Ask clients how memorizing things can be useful in the recovery and change process. Write their answers on the board.
4. Write the number “1.” on the board with the word “Stop…” after it. Ask a client to read the first line of Deterrent 1, i.e. Stop and think of the immediate consequences.
5. Write the number “2.” on the board with the word “Stop…” after it. Ask a client to read the first line of Deterrent 2, i.e. Stop and think who gets hurt. Reasoning process. Also ask him/her what Deterrent 1 was without looking at his paper.
6. Write the number “3.” on the board with the word “Plan…” after it. Ask a client to read the first line of Deterrent 3, i.e. Plan ahead, think ahead and make another choice. Also ask him/her to recite Deterrents 1 and 2 from memory.
7. Continue this process until Deterrent 5 is reached. At this point the board should read
8. Suggest to clients that by remembering the first word of each deterrent they will be better able to commit all the deterrents to memory.
9. Ask, “who would like to volunteer to recite all the deterrents from memory?” After the volunteers recite the deterrents, continue to circle the group until all members have a chance to recite the information.
As a closing exercise ask the clients to repeat after you. Read each deterrent, stopping after each one to let them repeat the line.
1. Distribute the “Tactics” sheet H-6
2. Ask the group to memorize the first five “Tactics” in order and be ready to recite them in the next victim awareness group.
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