Family Strengths Cards


A creative tool to aid therapeutic work with families


Buanna Clainne (Family Strengths) is a creative tool to aid therapeutic work with families.
A pack of cards designed to assist therapists, family support workers, social workers and educators when working with families or children. This tool offers a creative way of opening conversation and gaining insight into how the different family members perceive the family system.
Designed, created and printed in Ireland, these colourful cards identify 40 different strengths within a family. Each strength statement is matched by an illustration of an animal that shares this quality. The cards are packaged in a beautiful cloth pouch made in the West of Ireland.
The cards are accompanied by instructions for various uses, written by Therese Hegerty, with a focus on narrative practice.

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  1. A wonderful narrative tool for all ages - delightful, engaging and creative. Imelda McCarthy, Family Therapist
  2. Cards are very tender yet allow a space to say negative things also. Ann Campbell, Family Therapist
  3. Using the family cards have enabled families I work with to broach new conversations in an accessible and creative way. While all family members have been able to find a common non-threatening language to describe the parts of their family they would like to work on. Laura Pearson, Family Therapist
  4. ‘These cards create an opportunity to delve into difficult topics in a gentle way, opening up a space for conversation, as well as acting as prompts for families to identify their strengths.’ Grace Carey, Social Worker
  5. A useful directive approach in Play Therapy allowing the client to express their thoughts about their family. The illustrations along with the written statement are a lovely way to frame the positive attributes of the family. A valuable resource for a Play Therapy tool-kit!’ Martina O'Malley, Play Therapist

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