The following are just brief summaries of types of sessions which the cards can be used to work on. More detailed guidance for specific sessions are included in each pack:
In order to grow and develop into resilient and emotionally healthy adults it is vital that young people are supported in gaining positive regard for themselves and others. Many of the young people practitioners find themselves working with have limited skills in recognising and verbalising their own emotions, which can often lead to great frustration and misunderstanding. The pack outlines a number of sessions designed to explore the areas of self perception, esteem and emotions key to supporting young people in identifying and discussing the feelings of themselves and others and greatly expanding on a young person's emotional vocabulary.
The cards can be used in 'anger management' sessions to encourage young people to identity the feelings and emotions that occur in us all before and after we 'lose it'. From the build up of feelings of fear, aggression or frustration through to the feelings of loss, embarrassment or guilt after an episode of anger. The pack outlines sessions designed to help young people identify the 'warning signs' of anger and explore not only their own responses to anger but also the responses of those around them and, in turn, their responses to the anger of others. By better understanding the processes of anger young people can be supported in developing their own strategies for dealing with their own angry feelings and those of others.
The pack contains instructions for a number of sessions designed to explore the often complex relationships that a young person has with the key people in their lives. From the influence their friends have on their lives to the relationships within their family, there are sessions focused on gaining knowledge and understanding of the roles of themselves and those close to them and where they 'fit' in their own lives.
The characters on our cards were intentionally created to be ethnic origin and gender neutral. We wanted them to be non specific so they would not influence any reactions from the young people using them. Our hope is that if there is nothing there to identify with then the user and practitioner will focus on the trait rather than the depiction. However, the cards are an excellent tool to explore issues of equality and diversity and our guidance cards include a number of sessions designed to do just this.
Core to the work practitioners carry out with young people who have entered, or are at risk of entering, the Criminal Justice System is work around offending behaviour and victim awareness. Outlined in the pack are sessions specifically designed to explore the emotions of all affected by a young person's offence. From sessions that take a young person through their offence stage by stage and help them identify and discuss the varied emotions connected with each stage, to sessions focused on the feelings of others affected by the young person's offence. By exploring these emotions with young people, and drawing them into discussions around this, young people can be supported in developing a better understanding of their triggers and motives and practitioners are better able to support young people in developing strategies to avoid further offending. Used in this way the cards can be used to strengthen protective factors and as a useful aid in developing victim empathy and preparing young people for Restorative Justice Conferences.