There are many ways to use BounceBack. BounceBack decks present challenges that relate to various subjects, populations, vocations or issues. Each deck contains a set of Challenge Cards and a set of Skills & Attitudes cards. The Skills & Attitudes cards are used to respond to the scenarios on the Challenge Cards. Skills & Attitudes also appear on the back of every card for quick reference.
Here’s how it works. You’re presented with a Challenge Card. Spread the ten Skills & Attitudes cards out so that they can be seen. Read the challenge on the face of your card. Using the ten cards in front of you, select the cards having the Skills & Attitudes you wish to apply in order to manage the challenge at hand. Turn over your Challenge card to see the Skills & Attitudes (indicated by a red asterisk*) that we suggest might be most helpful in managing the situation. Repeat this process, in turn, for each participant. Don’t forget the discussion. It’s the most valuable part of the experience.
The goal is to bring people together to share thoughts and perspectives on how to respond to the many challenges life puts forth. We offer some coaching and game play suggestions, but how you choose to use these cards is entirely up to you.
Know Your Purpose
- If it is to encourage empathy towards and understanding of others, ask that players assume the point of view stated on the card even if…especially if…it is not their own. It’s a chance to walk in the shoes of another and discover how you might respond were you faced with the challenge.
- If your goal is to teach others to coach individuals in crisis, you may want to ask that they assume a bystander point of view. Have participants select Skills & Attitudes that they might suggest for use by the individual in crisis.
- If your mission is crisis prevention, try applying the Skills & Attitudes to the challenges in a proactive manner to see how situations might be preventable.
Know Your Participants
- Are you coaching an individual in transition? Is the transition specific to a particular deck such as Divorce/Finance or Disability? Select and use those decks that relate to the transition(s) being experienced.
- Are the participants looking to build a broader sense of resilience Skills & Attitudes that relate to their particular vocation? Select from our bundles or choose individual decks that relate best to the needs of the group you are working with.
- Do you have populations that could build resilience through a better understanding of the challenges faced by each? Such groups might be: healthcare providers and their patients, police officers and immigrants or baby boomers and millennials. Using healthcare for example, bring providers and their patients together. Have the providers select challenges from the Healthcare Dilemma deck and patients draw from the Healthcare Professional deck. The groups are charged with coaching one another in facing challenges that might not be familiar to them. It is helpful to ask that they assume the point of view on the card in order to build empathy and understanding.
The beauty of BounceBack is that it is simple and adaptable. It can be used alone, with a peer or in a small group. It can be used with a coach or in a classroom. It can be used by business to build more resilient employees. We’ll provide the challenges, you decide how to best use them.