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Friday, July 6, 2018

My Life Game Cards

When I first began working in the counseling field, a coworker discouraged me from playing the Game of Life with clients, stating it reinforces traditional family and would make them feel that they must have children and take a certain journey through life. At the time I disagreed, thinking it could open the door for discussion. So I shelfed the idea. Since that time I have been debating on how to use the game without taking a judgmental stance. I decided the easiest way would be to replace the "action" cards with cards that explore values, goals, and career exploration. The cards allow the client to give voice to their opinions on matters of marriage, having children, and career options. This game would be best used with middle school or high school students, but may also be beneficial with mature higher elementary-aged children.

As with most games, this will allow you as a therapist many avenues to explore. You can use it as a diagnostic tool to listen for strong opinions, worries, or apathy. These questions are designed to start discussion about basic values and goals for the future. When discussing how they envision their future family life, it will open the door to discuss how their current family situation has led to those desires. It can also flag possible triggers that may need to be addressed.

One goal I had in mind when making this game it to help clients develop an internal locus of control. I hear so frequently how they feel out of control and believe they are at the mercy of others. The questions in this game will help them identify how they can gain control through their every day decisions.

I hope you enjoy this new resource, and don't hesitate to let me know how it works in your sessions. You can find the cards here:
You can also find our games on Amazon, Ebay, and Teachers Pay Teachers

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