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Self-Esteem + Card Game = Fun Learning!
The Self-Esteem Card Game was designed as a Solution Focused Counseling intervention tool. Not only perfect for rapport-building and starting meaningful conversations, it is a non-threatening assessment tool, focusing on the assets and goals of client (or student, if using in the school counseling setting.) The prompts invite players to reflect on their already-existing strengths and hopes, reinforcing a positive self-concept, sense of self-efficacy, and best possible future self.
Playing this 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 building confidence and focusing on the positive.
Why Is Self-Esteem Important?
Building self-esteem helps young people to cultivate a strong internal locus of control & sense of agency and lay a foundation from which to create an empowered life. The questions and prompts in the Self-Esteem Card Game encourage players to express their unique voices and perceptions, with a primary focus on strengths, social supports, coping skills and other protective factors.
Ways to Use The Self-Esteem Card Game:
☀️ In Counseling Groups to Build Social Skills & Connection
☀️ In Individual Counseling Sessions as an Assessment Tool that is in alignment with Solution Focused Counseling. Plus, the actual act of playing The Card Game provides insight into children's social skills, decision-making process, frustration tolerance, level of respect for rules & boundaries, and problem-solving abilities.
☀️ Fun for Family Game Night!
✔ TWO sets of the Self-Esteem 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 Self-Esteem Card Game as a Therapeutic Intervention
✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts
✔ Action Cards
✔ Pass Tickets
How to Play the Self-Esteem 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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