submitted by Alison Jedrick of Advantage
Behavioral Health Systemson July 24, 2003
Equipment: 1 Wooden
Jenga game on which your treatment team has written therapeutic
questions. A flat, level surface
building, disclosure promotion, trust building, orientation
Clients will share some information about themselves and begin
to feel comfortable in the therapeutic process.
is a Milton Bradley game and the original game is copyrighted.
This activity, however, is not. Therapeutic Jenga Game originally
created by Robert Silva, Jr., Dana Stephens-Craig, and Alison
To create the game:
Write with marker on each block a therapeutic question (i.e.,
Talk about a time when someone made you feel uncomfortable)
and some lighter questions (i.e., If you were a cartoon character,
who would you be and why.) Orientation questions (what day is
it today?) are also handy.
To play the game:
Each player (including the therapist(s)) removes 1 block from
the stack of Jenga blocks without knocking the whole thing over.
S/he will read the question on the block out loud and answer
and then replace the block at the top of the tower.
If a player is uncomfortable about answering any question, s/he
can put the block on top
without answering, but must then take another block.
If a player pulls a block s/he has already answered, s/he must
also pull another block.
If a player knocks the whole thing over, the game is finished
& all other players get to ask
him/her any question.