The Group Therapy Card Deck

99 CBT, DBT, ACT and Positive Psychology Tips and Tools

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This deck of 99 cards will quickly become a group clinician’s best friend. It offers practical “hands on” tips and activities that will provide hours of experiential, therapeutic learning for groups. Many of the cards can be used just as effectively with individual clients. The cards provide psycho-educational tools for therapists and clients alike to learn and practice essential life skills.

The deck is divided into 5 color coded sections, each with 19 or 20 cards. Each card features a short Tip followed by a Group Activity to put that Tip into practice. Each card ends with a short, inspirational message to help motivate and inspire. Most of the cards can be read and used as a basis for group facilitation by either the therapist or group participant. One of the sections promotes group cohesiveness and allows practice for social skill building, while the other sections highlight key concepts from four of the most effective therapeutic orientations today.

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The cards are divided into five sections as follows:

Group Team Building – Groups offer a powerful backdrop to self-discovery while improving interpersonal skills. Experiential group learning and skill building through various fun and meaningful activities improves personal development as well as social skills while facilitating group cohesiveness and support.

CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) – This premier therapeutic orientation provides tools to identify and challenge core irrational beliefs to develop healthier thinking patterns. Group members learn ways to change their thoughts to change their lives.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) – Group members get a “crash course” on the four main skill modules of DBT, i.e. Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Skills in these four areas offer crucial help to deal with emotionally upsetting thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) – This approach uses mindfulness-based strategies to increase self-acceptance and embrace the concept that suffering is part of the human condition. By accepting instead of avoiding and fighting against one’s pain, emotional stability and calm is more in reach. ACT also focuses on the importance of commitment to actions and goals which can increase a sense of self-empowerment.

Positive Psychology – The increasingly popular works in the general field of Positive Psychology focus less on problems and pathology and more on the essential skills of well-being and happiness for every human being. Areas such as gratitude, forgiveness, optimism, self-compassion and the importance of mindset is among the concepts highlighted.

The Group Therapy Card Deck offers a treasure trove of psycho-educational tips and experiential activities to promote emotional and mental health and wellness. Cards can be randomly chosen by the group leader or group members, or the group leader can handpick certain psycho-educational topics that are fitting with the focus for that particular session. The cards provide structured skill building activities that can be easily followed and used with the entire group of within smaller groups or pairs for more personalized interactions.

How to Use This Deck

These cards provide tips and experiential activities for groups, and most of them can also be used for individual therapy as well as individual self- help.

The deck is divided into 5 color coded sections, each with 19 or 20 cards. They include 4 major therapeutic modalities, CBT, DBT, ACT and Positive Psychology, a well as team building activities. The 20 cards in each section offer short bits of information and activities which will familiarize the group with the 4 modalities

Every card is meant to be read by either group therapist or group member. Even the most reticent group member will be able to lead the group activity by reading the card to the group and facilitating the activity. The only section meant for therapists only is the Teambuilding section, as some of those activities require some advance preparation in terms of props.

Each card features a short Tip followed by an activity to put that Tip into practice. Each card ends with a short, inspirational message to help motivate and inspire, meant to also be read to the group.

This deck will provide hours of structured skill building for any type of personal growth, wellness or therapeutic group.