Build Your Own Bat Signal

Build Your Own Bat Signal

Materials Needed

  • Paper
  • Markers, Pens, Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Stickers, Stencils


The clinician will start with a psychoeducational explanation of the use of prompts and the benefits of using prompts. He or she will then continue by explaining that prompts need not be post it notes or the like but can be something the client chooses as a symbol to remind him or her to engage in the coping techniques he or she has been using in therapy. Using the art materials provided, the client will design and create their own “bat signal” to be placed where he or she may need reminding to utilize a coping technique or seek support.

Target Population

This is appropriate for clients over the age of 8.

Troubleshooting and Expected Results

It is expected that clients will create a symbol that represents something important to them and be able to identify places in their lives where they may need a prompt. For example, clients struggling with anxiety focused on driving may affix the symbol to their steering wheel so that they will be reminded to do a breathing exercise before turning on the car.

Some problems may arise if clients cannot think of places to use the prompts or cannot come up with an idea for a symbol to use.

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Originally posted on the Geek Therapy Wiki, hosted on the now-defunct Wikispaces platform, as part of Dr. Patrick O’Connor’s course Geek Culture in Therapy.