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Team Cards enable children to acknowledge and celebrate the important people in their lives

Deliver a fun and meaningful activity that is underpinned by Narrative Therapy

The Team Cards Activity invites children to identify key sources of support or ‘team-mates’ in their lives. The use of a sports team metaphor alongside a fun Top Trumps™️ inspired activity creates space for stories of significant people to be shared. This helps to build a sense of social support and connected identity, recognising the contribution people make to one another's lives. This mini-course is aimed at all children's workforce, including allied health and educational professionals. It will equip you to deliver this activity as part of one-to-one or small group work with children aged approximately 7-13, although older children and adults can also appreciate this activity. An all round great tool for your practitioner toolkit that can also be employed with families as part of parent and child sessions.
Team Card

Team Cards are one of the activities from a unique resilience intervention programme called Team of Life

We have adapted this activity so that it can be delivered outside of the full programme as part of individual or small group work.

Using the universal language of sport rather than the language of problems, Team of Life invites people to identify key sources of support or ‘team-mates’ in their lives. The use of sporting metaphors helps develop rich, strength-based stories and skills for tackling problems, avoiding obstacles, and achieving goals in life. This builds resilience by building a sense of social support and connected identity. The collective knowledge and resources of teams are acknowledged and shared in playful and creative ways that recognise the contribution people make to one another's lives.
Team of Life metaphor

Course curriculum

This mini-course takes around 45 minutes to complete and includes facilitators guidance, an explanation of the narrative therapy principles underpinning the activity and video footage of the activity itself

  1. 1
    • Welcome

    • About Team Cards

    • About your Instructors

  2. 2
    • What is Team of Life?

    • Team of Life Metaphor

    • Team Card Activity

    • Buckinghamshire Mental Health Support Team Trumps

    • Narrative Underpinnings

    • Re-membering Conversations (Chapter from Maps of Narrative Practice, White, 2016)

  3. 3
    • Copyright Information

    • Team Card Activity Instructions

    • Team Card Templates

    • PowerPoint Slides

  4. 4
    • Team of Life Facilitator Training

    • What practitioners who have completed our online course have said

    • What children who have taken part in Team of Life have said

    • Team of Life e-Brochure

    • Feedback

Downloadable resources are also included

Team Card templates, a children's handout with instructions and optional Powerpoints are provided to support delivery of this activity

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The TEAM approach to resilience

Interested in learning more about Team of Life and Narrative Therapy? If you are looking for an innovative way of supporting the children and young people you work with, take a look at the training we have available for the full group intervention programme. Click the button below to find out more.

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Co-founder Riverbank Psychology

Victoria Eames

Dr Vicky Eames has worked as a clinical psychologist within both NHS adult and child & adolescent mental health services. She is an honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool. Having worked within the mental health field in the NHS and independently for more than 25 years she is passionate about exploring ways of responding to trauma and developing resilience within community settings. Inspired by the work of David Denborough, Vicky trialled the Team of Life Collective Narrative Practice approach in schools and mental health services on the Wirral, leading to the development of the Team of Life Children's Programme programme and the Team of Life Kit.

Co-founder of Riverbank Psychology

Mariangels Ferrer

Having qualified as a psychologist in Spain in 1993, Mariangels has lived and worked in the UK for over 20 years including ten years in NHS inpatient and community paediatric settings. In addition to her qualification as a clinical psychologist, she has completed master's degrees in both Systemic Family Therapy and Narrative Therapy and Community Work. Mariangels offers training and supervision of practitioners in narrative and systemic practice across the UK as part of the teaching faculty of the Institute of Narrative Therapy. She delivers groups in schools in Trafford utilising the 'Tree of Life' and is engaging Genetic Counsellors from different parts of the UK with Narrative ideas through supervision, group intervention and training.

Schools Lead

Robin Johnson

Robin Johnson has 25 years teaching, pastoral care and senior leadership experience in schools. He has been a form teacher for most of his teaching career as well as a Head of Year, Head of Department and Assistant Headteacher. He is also a children’s author of a novel called Red Sky at Night in which ginger children save the world from alien invasion.