Coping Tools + Card Game = Fun Learning!
This Coping Tools Card Game was designed as an experiential counseling intervention that invites players to reflect on their already-existing strengths to deal with challenges in their lives and encourages young people to develop additional healthy, mindful coping skills. Many of the prompts guide players to experiment with grounding & breathing exercises, with the hope that participants will reduce any levels of stress they might be experiencing through the act of playing a game (which in and of itself is a coping tool), through forging social connections (which in and of itself is a coping tool) and through the practicing of mindfulness (which is and of itself is another coping tool, too!). The Coping Tools Card Game is also a great relationship-builder; helping new students in a class or members of a small group to get to know each other better, all the while practicing mindful experiential activities that can be used in future real-life situations.
Why Teach Coping Skills:
As we know, life can get tough. The more we can support young people to develop healthy ways to relate to uncomfortable feelings and challenging situations, the more they are likely to improve their self-esteem, build a strong internal locus of control, be more ready to learn in the classroom and get along with others, focus at school, find healthy solutions to problems, and step into their awesome and amazing power! Plus, we know that play is the language of children, so what better way to help young people reinforce their coping skills than through a game, too?!
Ways to Use The Coping Tools Card Game:
*In Counseling Groups to Build Social Skills & Connection
*In Individual Counseling Sessions as an Assessment Tool and Means to Teach Coping Skills (great supplement if you incorporate Mindfulness and/or DBT into your therapeutic practice)
*Family Game Night!
*TWO sets of the Coping Tools Card Game: in both color AND black and white! So if you don't have access to a color printer, no problem! You can download and print in black and white too! Instead of color, players match up cards with shapes!
*Detailed Game Directions
*Tips on how to use the Coping Tools Card Game as a Therapeutic Intervention
For other fun & engaging card games, you may enjoy:
*THE SELF-ESTEEM CARD GAME *Solution Focused Counseling Fun
*THE GRATITUDE CARD GAME! A Positive Psychology Mindful Coping Tool
*COPING with GRIEF *Card Game to Help Cope with Death, Loss & Grieving
*THE JOY and HAPPINESS CARD GAME *Positive Psychology Counseling Fun
*THE FEELINGS CARD GAME! Learning About Emotions School Counseling Group Game
*THE GETTING TO KNOW YOU CARD GAME! Fun Rapport Building Conversation Starters
*THE GROWTH MINDSET CARD GAME! A Game about Grit, Making Mistakes & Goals