My story cards are an image based therapeutic tool depicting 25 identified life areas and adaptive behaviours. They are a relatively quick, efficient and sensitive means of identifying areas of treatment or coaching. Visual images are more powerfully linked to emotions than words alone. My story cards have been shown to reduce therapeutic barriers such as language and culture. The interviewer administered cards use a strengths-based, client-centred approach to facilitate communication between counsellor and client. My story cards assist in developing emotional intelligence and skills development around prioritising and goal setting. They are effective in simplifying complex problems and more effectively targeting treatment or coaching.
How to use My Story Cards?
There are many ways to use the cards. One way is:
- Participants are asked to rate their overall quality of life (between 1 and 10) and think about the things that make their life good or challenging (Brief Life Assessment).
- The interviewer asks the participant to choose 5 cards that most affect their life in a positive or negative way. For example, focusing on past 1-4 weeks. (Participant nominated life areas)
- After selecting 5 cards the client is asked to place the cards on order from 1 to 5 with the first card being most important or relevant to their life at the moment.
- The client is asked to describe what each area life area means to them. (eg. “These cards may have different meanings to you than they do to me, can you tell me why you chose this card first”?) Responses are recorded. Standard facilitation or counselling techniques can be used to explore responses, identify strengths and set goals against identified areas. For example “what is good about this part of your life? What would you like to keep and what would you like to change?
- Assist participant to set simple, realistic goals.
- Repeat or review in next session.
Develop trust and ensure participant feels safe to express themselves