family sculpting is one of the common activities done in family therapy and experiential therapy. its purpose is to gain insights about the interactional patterns within a family.
to create a family sculpture, the client picks out participants from the group to represent his/ her family members. the client then positions the participants on stage, giving each participant a posture to maintain, a movement or gesture to do, and a statement to verbally express with feeling. the session ends with debriefing and group processing.
in the pix below, i assist a client in sculpting her family:
and below, you'll see the emotional themes, alliances, and conflicts of her family become apparent:
this is a simple activity, and yet it commonly elicits deep emotions, understanding, a sense of healing and empowerment not only for the client, but for all participants as well.