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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
✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts
✔ Action Cards
✔ Pass Tickts
How to Play The Coping Tools Card Game!
In the spirit of other popular shedding-type card games, the player to get rid of all their cards first by wins. Players try to "match" the top card in the discard pile, by either laying down the same number, color (or shape, if using the black & white set), or type of action card. If the card contains a question or prompt, that player shares their response. The player may choose to decline responding by using 1 of their 2 Pass Tickets. Actions cards add fun twists and turns to the game. Actions include:
➔ TAKE 3: The next person in line must take 3 cards before taking their turn.
➔ ROTATE RIGHT / ROTATE LEFT: All players pass on, or "rotate," their cards to either the left or right, so that everyone exchanges hands with each other.
➔ GO AGAIN: Player gets to "go again," gaining an additional turn.
➔ FREE!: Player who discards a FREE card is "free" to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.
➔ FREE + SPY!: Player who discards a FREE+SPY card can spy on one player by peeking at their cards and then is "free" to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.
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