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Using therapeutic board games to promote child mental health

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 31 December 2008



This article focuses on group work with children using a board game format. Combining the principles of group work and board games helps to engage and motivate children and adolescents to address and work through their difficulties. Lifegames are a series of six therapeutic board games developed for group work with children and adolescents who encounter adversity in their life as a consequence of bereavement, family break up, poor relationships, bullying, chronic illness or obesity. The games facilitate the understanding and disclosure of the complex feelings experienced by children and young people when they are confronted with traumatic life events. The games encourage and assist the participants to obtain and maintain behavioural change. Lifegames are a means to assist professionals in their group work with children and adolescents.



Streng, I. (2008), "Using therapeutic board games to promote child mental health", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 4-16.



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