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Playing with Rainbows on 1 GB USB key

Playing with Rainbows on 1 GB USB key

Playing with Rainbows: A National Play Program for At-Risk Refugee Children is an initiative of The YWCA Canada and is supported by YWCA Member Associations across the country.

A manual outlining an innovative play-based therapeutic group model designed to facilitate healing in children who have been traumatized by experiences of war and migration.  Simple interventions are used to equip children with age appropriate, culturally sensitive coping skills.

Well organized and accessible, the 300-page manual will be of interest to those working with children and adults in a wide range of settings.  It contains useful background information on topics such as how to use play in counselling, understanding child development and the impact of traumatic experiences on children.  The manual includes a very detailed description of a model for a 12 session children’s group, with suggestions for a wide variety of activities and exercises.

A flexible framework to suit the needs of children from different backgrounds, content adaptable for children ranging age 4-12. Easily incorporated in other systems such as school and daycare settings.  

Playing with Rainbows is made available on a 1GB USB key.  

Table of Contents:


Introduction to the project                                                                                                                                      
Goals and Objectives of Playing with Rainbows Groups                                                                            

Background Information

The Impact of War and Migration on Children                                                                                              
Developmental Considerations                                                                                                                         
Using Ploy in Counselling                                                                                                                                       
The Use of Art in Working With Children                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Preparing For Your Playing with Rainbows Group

Group Format                                                                                                                                                              
Recruiting Group Participants                                                                                                                                                         
Getting Ready For Your Playing with Rainbows Group                                                                              
Group Facilitators’ Self-Care                                                                                                                                 
Tips on Communicating Through a Cultural Interpreter                                                                          

The Playing with Rainbows Group

Session 1 Getting to Know Each Other                                                                                                .

Session 2 Feelings                                                                                                                                                 

Session 3 Pre-Migration and Migration                                                                                                  

Session 4 Families                                                                                                                                                 

Session 5 The Concept and Phenomenon of War                                                                                   

Session 6 Goodbyes and Hellos                                                                                                                      

Session 7 Dreams                                                                                                                                                  

Session 8 Anxiety and Not Remembering                                                                                                   

Session 9 Coping Skills and Conflict Resolution                                                                                      

Session 10 Stress Management                                                                                                                        

Session 11 Safety                                                                                                                                                   

Session 12 Self-Esteem and Closure                                                                                                              

Caregivers Sessions, Managing Problems, Evaluation and Resources

Sessions for Coregivers                 
Managing Problems In A Playing with Rainbows Group                                
Evaluation of Playing with Rainbows Groups                     
Bibligraphy and Resources