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FAMILY CHANGES School Counseling Game: Divorce, Incarceration, Grief & Loss

Grade Levels
2nd - 9th
Resource Type
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27 pages
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This Create Your Own Family Changes School Counseling Game, now in both print and digital options, covers the topics of children of incarcerated parents, divorce and loss and grief. Color and number-coded, this DIY counseling game acts as both a stand alone therapeutic tool AND as a auxiliary device to transform your store-bought games into therapeutic interventions.

Game Card Topics Include:

Children of Incarcerated Parents


Loss and Grief

Ways to Use:

-During individual counseling sessions, small groups, teletherapy, distance learning or lunch bunches.

-Can function as an assessment, the main activity, as an ice-breaker and/or rapport building conversation.

What's Included:


✓ Digital Game Board, questions, and Spinner on Google Slides™


✓ 3 full sets of 3 Counseling Topic Game Card Prompts in full color, light color & black/white

✓ 90 family changes prompts and questions

✓ DIY Paper Dice, 3 variations to choose from (full color, light color & black/white)

✓ Game Boards, 2 variations to choose from (1 color, 1 black/white)

✓ Game Pawns, 4 sets to choose from (2 color, 2 black/white)

✓ Pass Tickets, 3 variations to choose from (full color, light color & black/white)

✓ User's Guide

✓ Tips to Use as a Therapeutic Intervention

How the Print Option Works:

Each Game Card has a counseling theme and is color AND number-coded, designed to use with any game that uses color or dice to direct how a game is played.

To adapt a store-bought game, play as you normally would, only this time if the player, for example, draws a blue card (token, stick or block) or lands on a blue space, they would answer a prompt in the blue category. Or say the game is directed by the roll of a dice: if they roll a 3, for example, the player would answer a prompt in the number 3 category.

This resource is also designed work stand alone. One option is to simply take turns rolling the DIY dice and answer the corresponding prompts. Another option is to play using one of the Create Your Own School Counseling Game Boards. Roll either the numbered or colored dice and move the game pawn forward based on the number or color rolled.

There are 5 prompts/questions/challenges in each of the 6 sections. If you'd like to keep track of which prompts have been answered, simply check off the box to the left.

And The Categories Are:

⚀ RED: Top 3...Player shares what their 3 best/3 favorite/3 highest ranked/"top 3" answers are.

⚁ BLUE Complete It...Player completes the sentence.

⚂ YELLOW True or Falsee...Player responds to the statement with either "true" or "false."

⚃ GREEN What If...Player responds by answering what they would do in a particular situation.

⚄ PURPLE Risk...Player answers and/or follows the directions, many of which are experiential and role-play based.

⚅ ORANGE You Just... Player places themselves in a situation that hypothetically just happened and answer the prompt.


This DIY Family Changes Game is also included in the Create Your Own School Counseling Game Bundle, which contains a total of 32 different topics designed to promote student success, agency and growth. AND, because it's a bundle, is hugely discounted. (So if you like a good deal, you may want to check Create Your Own School Counseling Game Bundle out first

Other resources in the Create Your Own School Counseling Game Series Include

Make Your Own FEELINGS & COPING SKILLS Counseling Game: Joy, Anger & Anxiety

Create Your Own GETTING TO KNOW YOU School Counseling Game

Create Your Own SCHOOL SUCCESS Counseling Game

Create Your Own SELF-ESTEEM & LOCUS OF CONTROL School Counseling Game

Make Your Own SOCIAL SKILLS Counseling Game: Conflict Resolution, I-Messages, Empathy, Friendship

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27 pages
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