At our facility, we have a day where we talk about creating your own path and not just reacting to life. We also talk about how our behavior affects those around us. This idea was originally introduced by Jill Sederberg, and later modified by Heidi Bolster.
Read the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost to begin with and discuss the following questions:
-Do you know exactly what will hapen when you make a choice
-Can you come back from a bad decision?
-What roads (choices) do you have ahead of you now?
-Where do you think those choices will lead you?
-Where do you want/need to go?
Next, have the patients draw two paths that they have right now in their lives. Draw what choices will lead you down each path, how you are affected, and how those you care about are affected.
Discuss what path/choices are going to take them to a life that they can be proud of and happy with? Why?