Idea submitted by Heidi Bolster, CTRS.
Discuss the purpose of flags in the world today. Even give the patients a few examples of how flags
represent different places.
For example, in the American flag, blue is the symbol of vigilance, perseverance and justice. The star was to
represent the heavens, which men were to strive for and the stripes were symbolic of the rays of
Instruct the Pts. to create their own flags to represent themselves through pictures, words, colors,
etc. Some ideas for the flag might be:
What matters most to you in the whole world?
What are your hobbies?
What are your talents?
What are you ambitions?
Favorite place to be?
Significant events in your life?
Important people in your life? Etc.
Afterwards have the patients present their flags. Discuss with them why it is important to know
ourselves. Why is it important to stand up for who we are? What represents who we are? How does the way we represent ourselves to others impact them and their perceptions of us?
Can be applied to various topics including being kind to yourself, pay it forward, codependence, etc.