You can download these resources (see below) completely free of charge so that you can use the technique. I make them free because I believe that professionals should help each other to be better at our work in psychological assessment and therapy. I hope you won't feel that this diminishes its usefulness or validity.
Using Drawing the Ideal Self requires a curiosity about the client; a genuine openness to understand how they make sense of themselves. My view is that any technique I would use with a client should feel interesting to both the client and user. A psychological technique should also feel comfortable to use, both for the client and the facilitator. The cleint should also feel the result represented them pretty well. My experience of using the technique myself with children, adolescents and adults, is that they have felt that the experience was helpful. In my view psychological assessment should be illuminating, helpful and not be critical of a person. In PCP philosophy, the client is assumed to be doing their best to make sense of themselves and their experiences, regardless of age or ability. Assessent should make sense to the client and to people who trying to support the client. I hope that these things are true of Drawing the Ideal Self. My experience and feedback from other professionals is have always found the information produced by Drawing the Ideal Self very interesting and useful in guiding interventions.
There are two essential documents you will need to use Drawing the Ideal Self. Both are available here as PDF downloads below. The manual contains all the instructions, guidance on reporting the use of Drawing the Ideal Self, and a worked example. The Prompt Sheet is the instructions which you take with you into a session until you become more familiar with it. Please read both to understand the technique properly and try it first on yourself and then on a friend or family member before you try with a client so that there is a nice flow to the client’s session.
I always love to hear from people who have tried the technique and found it helpful. If you have any feedback or questions, please do get in touch with me using the website form here.
The manual includes information about the technique, how to use it and what to make of the resulting images and rating scale. There are no viruses as I add this but I would always recommend you use a virus checker.
This prompt sheet is designed to be taken into a session as an instruction sheet. It should only be used after you have read the manual because it does not include any details about the the how to run the session. There are no viruses as I add this but I would always recommend you use a virus checker.