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The Bear Cards


The Bear Cards

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Meet 48 bears, bursting with personality—the absolute classic for talking about feelings with anyone, any age, in any language. Beloved by teachers, counsellors, parents and human service workers of every discipline, The Bears is a simple yet powerful resource for identifying, talking about and reflecting on feelings. Originally conceived as a ‘family sculpting’ tool, it has proved to be one an enduring and versatile card set. The Bears is able to speak directly to our feelings and emotions at a very deep level. They cross language, literacy, cultural, racial, age and gender boundaries. They have been used with great success by three-year-olds and 93-year-olds. The Bears have been used in preschools, in adult male prisons in New Zealand, with patients suffering dementia, in schools and universities, in management and service evaluation, in training hotel staff in Romania, by environmental educators in Fiji, by nurses in Japan, and with communities in Papua New Guinea. This edition of The Bears, published in 2010, consists of 48 full colour cards with illustrations by Ben Wood and a booklet of suggestions for use. This iconic resource now has even more charm and covers an expanded range of emotions. Perfect for social workers, psychologists, counsellors, teachers and chaplains, The Bears positively begs to be used creatively. The absence of text makes the cards ideal for use across a myriad of settings and contexts. If you haven’t used The Bears before, get ready to discover the beauty and simplicity of this classic resource.

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