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Survival Cards by Groupwork Solutions

Sample Survival Cards are a tool for discussions with individuals or groups that name the positive and negative solutions people use to cope with life challenges.

"Survival Cards use a life systems approach to support change in people's lives...."
Survival Cards are symbolised as:
  • Cards with blue borders: Restrictive Solutions (negative coping strategies)
  • Cards with green borders: Enabling Solutions (positive coping strategies)

Survival Cards support the idea that people’s lives are full of driving forces (hopes and dreams) and reactive forces that work against them (fears and anxieties).

As a result of these forces, our actions or behaviours are either restrictive (less likely to achieve our hopes and dreams) or they are enabling (more likely to lead to greater achievement of hopes and dreams as long as we learn from the challenges we face). 


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