For many people the Strength Cards have been life-changing, which is why the cards are used by thousands of family workers, teachers, counsellors, trainers and parents worldwide.
The Strength Cards are used for a whole range of purposes that include helping people identify their strengths and skills, goal setting, exploring values, critical reflection, evaluation and creative writing. They’re even used for job interviews and public speaking at birthdays and funerals!
Grounded in strengths-based theory, these 54 illustrated cards are capable of opening up conversations about the hard stuff in life as well as nurturing new ways of thinking about life’s possibilities. Originally developed as a resource for families struggling with difficult issues, the Strength Cards offer three key reminders for us all:
• We all have strengths and it helps if we can identify and name our strengths.
• We can all mobilise and use our strengths to address particular problems.
• Sharing and celebrating strengths is important.
Strength Cards have found a home in settings as diverse as prisons, primary and secondary schools, financial counselling services, hospitals and hospices, child protection agencies, boardrooms and elite sports academies.
For more than 20 years, people have been drawn to Strength Cards by the cards’ simplicity, gentle humour, plain language, versatility and conversation-building capacity. Use them to spark curiosity and ignite a multitude of questions—because wherever we go, whatever we do, strengths are with us… and everyone has them!
The pack contains 54 laminated cards and a 41 page booklet that offers creative suggestions for the use of strengths cards, which complement the various skills and processes of the strengths approach.
The Strengths Approach Book by Wayne McCashen is a wonderful handbook about this approach that will complement the Strengths Cards.
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