It has been dull and uninspiring for me at work for a while, and when that happens, I know I can liven things up and get my creative juices going by getting something new in my play therapy room.
The toys in the room get used hard, and after several years, they need to be replaced. I took a candid look at what I had, and decided that the old jail needed to be replaced. I have had it for about 15 years. Jails are important in the play therapy room to help children express anger, feel safer, or gain a sense of control. Some of my young clients have parents who have been in jail or prison. The new jail arrived today, and it took me 2 hours to get it assembled. It is wonderful! It has surveillance cameras, lots of communication antennas and gates that swing open. It also comes with little hand cuffs and weapons, The guards, a man and a woman, have nice little smiles, and the prisoner has removable prison garb so he can return to society when his term is finished.
This jail has a command center for the guards.
The cells are furnished with a table, a toilet and sink, and a cot.
There even is a cut out that can be removed to make it look like they made an escape.
I can’t imagine purchasing this for one of my own children, but it suits my professional purposes very well. I can hardly wait to see it used.
How do you (or did you) make your work more interesting?