A Coping Skills Box is a box in which the client can keep items that can help him or her cope with anger, disappointment, sadness, and so on.
You can use a shoe box or purchase a plain box and allow your client to decorate and personalize his/her box, using items such as construction paper, scissors, glue, stickers, photos, magazines to cut pictures out of, glitter, etc.
While the client decorates the box, you may want to discuss what a coping skill is, if the client does not already know. You will need to get to know your client and what works for him or her as a coping skill before you can begin filling the box.What you put in the box depends upon the age of the client. Suggestions for items to put in the coping skills box:
- Coping Skills Flashcards
- Journal or spiral notebook
- Cards/stationary to write letters on and envelopes
- Coloring book/sketch pad
- Positive and uplifting books
- Photos/pictures that are calming to the client
- Deck of playing cards
- Squishy ball or other object to squeeze
- MP3 player/CDs
- List of phone numbers for family members/friends who can offer support
- Puzzle book (crossword, word search, Sodoku, etc.)
Here are some items you and your client may need to decorate the box:
Here are some affordable items you may want to include in your your box, depending upon the age and gender of your client: