“Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.”Alexander Hamilton
Want to know the best Occupational Therapy activity to help your clients find their core values? This tested and approved OT activity will help identify your top three core values.
Core values provide a solid foundation of who you are and what you “stand for.” As a mental health Occupational Therapist, I am giving you a compilation of the best core values for teens and adults.
You will learn what personal core values are, what shapes core values, identify top three core values from the ultimate compilation list, and answer reflection questions.
After identifying the top three core values then you will narrow the list down to one core value. Knowing what you stand for and hold dear to your heart will play a role in how a person chooses to live their life.
This Post Is an Occupational Therapy Activity To Help Clients Identify Their Core Values
Core values are principles and standards that influence internal dialogue, like thoughts, personality, attitude, and decision-making, ultimately driving behavior.
Core values play a role in developing good judgment and a moral compass. Consistency is crucial, and values offer consistency when navigating life’s challenges.
Determining and reflecting on what is “good” and “bad” will guide which course of action to take when presented with a problem that needs solving.
Understanding an individual’s core value system helps one to anticipate how they will behave across various social situations.
Values typically develop from the environment in which one is raised. Therefore, having self-awareness allows one to reflect on how upbringing impacts current lifestyle.
For example, in America, there are various:
Suppose values provide direction and purpose, then as Occupational Therapists. In that case, we need to help our clients understand:
Here is the best compilation of 142 core values to reference as a starting point for finding their top three values.
I like to set a timer so their selection becomes more instinctual, but this can be optional if the client has anxiety.
For example, you could allow 1-2 minutes to identify ten values then they have to narrow it down to three. It’s important to note that values can change, and that’s okay!
If there are values that are not on this list, then please have your client add them to their list. This list is for idea generation.
Once the top three values are determined, they can reflect on these four questions.
But, of course, it’s also acceptable to have them answer the questions first.
Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. Use active listening and reflective listening to improve the self-awareness reflection further.
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