Home & Family Conversation Cards


Families can be great sources of pleasure and support but they can also cause pain and confusion. These cards create opportunities for discussing the full range of families and the feelings they create.

Homes are as varied as those who live in them. Feelings about home can be equally mixed and complex. The cards in this deck invite conversations about the meanings of and feelings about home—those we live in and those we carry within us.

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Using These Cards


Conversation Cards offer almost unlimited possibilities for engaging youth in important and meaningful discussions. Teachers have used them to enhance educational plans. Counselors find them valuable for introducing sensitive topics. Therapists make them available when clients are stuck. Staff and volunteers working with vulnerable populations turn to them for ideas about how to approach youth who seem too scared to talk. Foster parents find them a helpful tool for getting to know the children who come into their care.

  • The photograph on the front of each card helps to open the conversation.
  • The reverse offers a quote related to the theme.
  • suggestion for reflecting on the quote follows.
  • Each card ends with an idea for an activity.
  • A booklet to guide the use of these Conversation Cards accompanies each deck.
“These cards were surprisingly easy to use in the youth group I supervise. The quotes, suggestions and activities were helpful conversation starters and the kids (ages 12-14), enjoyed having the deck as well. I highly recommend this tool.”    A. Smith, Youth Counselor
Conversation Cards provide creative approaches to relationship based practices for trauma informed care. The content is drawn from the experience and expertise of the professional mental health team of A Home Within. Extensive material can be found in Relational Treatment of Trauma, by Dr. Toni Heineman and Relationship-Based Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults edited by Drs. Heineman, June Madsen Clausen, and Saralyn Ruff.