Icebreaker activities for small group counseling

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Icebreaker activities for small group counseling
People find help in support groups. (agreement circle image by Darko Draskovic from

A popular way of getting through the traumas of daily life is to join a support group. There are groups to help with addiction, with grief and numerous other issues. These groups will generally be made up of people who do not know each other. This can be beneficial for the individual, to be able to unburden himself to people he doesn't know, but breaking the ice in a group still may be needed.

Guess Who

Have each group member write down on a sheet of paper three interesting facts about herself and on the reverse side her name in pencil. Collect the sheets and give each name a corresponding number before erasing the names from the back of the sheets. Then lay out the sheets for the rest of the group to read. The group can try to decide whom each sheet describes.

Hot Seat

Each person in turn becomes the focus as the group gets to ask him questions. The questions should not be yes or no answers and should not be too personal. Examples of good questions are: Where did you go to school? Do you have any siblings? Do you have any heroes?

Two Lies and a Truth

Get each person to come up with three facts about himself--one that is true and two false. Each person then gives his three "facts," and the members of the group vote on which one they think is true.

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