Resources - Chapter 6 Supplement

Creative Client Education Techniques based on Multiple Intelligences


Journal/Diary Keeping
clients record their thoughts, feelings, ideas and progress
Creative Writing
encourage clients to write original pieces (e.g., essays, poetry) about themselves, their condition or their goals
Storytelling/Story Creation
clients make up and tell stories about their background, health or goals
Formal Speaking
hold open houses and give presentations on wellness topics where clients can attend
create puns, limericks, and jokes about muscles, stretches or post-session assignments
Verbal Debate
present both sides of an issue in a convincing manner
teach clients new words by using them accurately in regular communication
supply clients with written materials on a concept, idea, product, treatment or process


Abstract Symbols/Formulas
design a meaningful summary notation system for different processes or knowledge content (e.g., chart notes)
Forcing Relationships
create meaningful connections between non-congruent ideas
Graphic/Cognitive Organizers
work with logical thought maps such as webs, Venn diagrams, classification matrices and ranking ladders
Logic/Pattern Games
provide clients ith puzzles that challenge them to find a hidden rationale or pattern
Number Sequences/Patterns
provide numerical facts and current statistics on a topic
present explanations in a point-by-point logical manner
Problem Solving
enlist clients in brainstorming using specified steps, operations, processes, formulas and equations
make if..., then...logical deductions about a topic

Interpersonal Intelligence

Cooperative Learning Strategies
using structured teamwork (e.g., demonstrating to clients how to do stretches with partners)
Empathy Practices
encourage clients to explore and express understanding from someone else's physical standpoint
Giving Feedback
allow clients to give honest, sensitive input on their opinions, concerns, conditions, and progress
Group Projects
organize workshops or projects where your clients can investigate topics with others in teams
Person-to-Person Communication
present new ideas with a focus on how people relate and how to improve their relating

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Altered States of Consciousness Practices
assist clients in learning to shift their mood or awareness into an optimal state
Emotional Processing
encourage clients to explore on their own or with a counselor the affective dimensions of the hands-on work
Focusing/Concentration Skills
help clients learn to focus on a single idea or task
Higher-Order Reasoning
ask clients questions that require them to synthesize, integrate and apply what you've said and they've experienced
Metacognition Techniques
clients think about their thinking (i.e., tracing the various processes and steps used)
Mindfulness Practices
create exercises that help clients pay conscious attention to their life experiences (the opposite of mindlessness or "living on automatic pilot")
Silent Reflection Methods
clients work with reflection tools such as journals, thinking logs, diaries

Visual/Spatial Intelligence

Active Imagination
clients find connections between visual patterns (e.g., charts, diagrams) and prior experiences or knowledge
Color/Texture Schemes
associate colors and textures with various concepts, concerns or processes (e.g., show charts where the nervous system is in one color and the vascular system in another color)
provide clients with body diagrams and colored pencils so they can illustrate their problem areas
Guided Imagery/Visualizing
create mental pictures or images of a concept, idea or process (e.g., how muscles expand and contract, what they will look like and how they will feel when they've reached their treatment goals) for your clients. You can also encourage clients to write their own visualization scripts, record them and listen to them regularly
Pictoral Representations
refer to posters, charts and handouts when teaching clients
Mind Mapping
create visual webs of written information (e.g., adapt treatment plans to a non-linear format)
clients design a collection of pictures to show various aspects or dimensions of a concept, idea or process
encourage clients to use paints or markers to express understanding of concepts, ideas or processes (e.g., mural creation)
clients create clay models to demonstrate understanding of concepts, ideas or processes

Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence

Body Language/Gestures
embody meaning, interpretation, or understanding of an idea in physical movement
clients create a mini-drama that shows the dynamic interplay of various concepts, ideas or processes
encourage clients to breathe fully into the areas that are being worked on and to tune into the subtle muscle movements
Folk/Creative Dance
clients choreograph a dance that demonstrates a concept, idea or process
clients make or build something that demonstrates a concept, idea, or process (e.g., a model to show how something works)
Physical Exercise/Martial Arts
create physical routines for your clients to perform. Have clients immediately do each routine (e.g., stretches) after you've demonstrated the proper method

Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence

Environmental Sounds
incorporate natural sounds (e.g., an indoor fountain, music of rainstorms or birds chirping)
Instrumental Sounds
encourage clients to employ musical instruments to produce sounds that represent specific conditions (e.g., the tension in a muscle, head pain)
Music Composition/Creation
clients compose and create music to communicate understanding of a concept, idea or process (e.g., the flow of lymphatic fluid)
Rhythmic Patterns
produce rhythms and beats to show the various aspects of a concept, idea or process
you and/or clients create songs about a topic (or condition or goal) or find existing songs that complement a topic. Consider Weird Al Yankovich for inspiration
Vocal Sounds/Tones
encourage clients to express sounds with their vocal cords to release pain or increase movement in a blocked area

Naturalist Intelligence

Archetypal Pattern Recognition
relate the repeating, standard patterns and designs of nature that manifest themselves throughout the universe to your clients' conditions
Caring for Plants/Animals
encourage clients to engage in projects that involve caring for and/or training animals, insects, other organisms and/or growing natural things
Conservation Practices
use recycled paper and other recycled products whenever possible
Nature Encounters
work outside (if possible) and bring nature into your office via videos, music, objects, animals and plants
Nature World Simulations
have small live plants or show clients pictures of plants used in your oil and lotion formulas
Sensory Stimulation Exercises
expose clients' senses to nature's sounds, smells, tastes, touches and sights (e.g., have essential oil samples that clients can whiff)