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Family Quest
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From Eric Terry, Psy.D., RPT-S, the Creator of Peacetown: A Conflict Resolution Board Game Comes

Family Quest: A Family Therapy Board Game!

             There are many ways to conduct family therapy.  The best ways usually allow the family to engage in some type of activity so that the therapist is able to see how the different family members interact and can observe all the subtle nuances of the family.  Fun activities, such as games, are excellent for this because the family members are engrossed in the activity and their natural interactions will shine through.  Family Quest: A Family Therapy Board Game was designed for just that purpose.  The game not only allows them to interact, but builds in opportunities for them to communicate, listen to one another, get to know one another better, gain more respect for one another, and, hopefully, grow closer as a family. 

             Family Quest is a game that follows one particular family and several other individuals as they try to make their way through a jungle environment.  On the board, there are children and adults of various genders and ethnicities working together to traverse the jungle and its various dangers.  The players follow a path along the outside of the board that winds its way to the center, where they come to a clearing.  In the clearing is the final destination, the outline of a home.  The players must work together to construct the home by placing puzzle pieces within the outline in the clearing on the board.  Once the puzzle is put together and the home is complete, the game is finished.

             There are three types of questions the players will be answering during the game.  First, there are Family Discussion Questions, which are designed to allow the individual family members to tell about themselves and how they feel about certain topics.  These questions are written to try and evoke responses that will give the rest of the family a glimpse of the internal thought processes of the individual family members regarding how they think and feel about the various questions.  It also gives the family a chance to see how the individual family members feel about their family.  In addition, it can allow for discussion and for other family members to get to know the person answering the questions a little better.  Next, Family Trivia Questions give family members a chance to see how well they know the other members of their family.  Once one of these questions is chosen, every player has to answer the question for the player on their right.  The questions are about family membersí likes, dislikes, and general information about them.  These questions are designed not only to test general knowledge of family members, but also reveals information about family dynamics, family roles, and helps the family learn things about each other that they might not have known before playing this game.    Finally, Family Team-Up Questions require family members to work together with another family member to try and answer questions.  Some of the questions require players to make statements about the family member they are teamed up with and other questions require the players to work together to answer questions about their family.  These questions are designed to have family members work together and they also pull for knowledge of family dynamics, family roles, and family members.  The goal of all of these questions is to allow the family members to talk about how they feel about various topics, listen to one another, see how well they know each other, and learn new things about one another. 

 For the therapist, Family Quest allows them the opportunity to observe how the family members interact and assess what types of interventions are required in therapy.  The therapist is also able to help the family build their skills in communication and general interaction as s/he coaches them through the game.  Just with every other aspect of therapy, the modeling the therapist does while praising the family members for their responses, commenting on a family memberís behavior, helping the family make a connection between a family memberís response on a question and their recent behavior, etc., helps the family become more attuned to one another and better equipped to interact positively.  

             Family Quest is designed to be used as an introductory intervention with families, but can be used at any point during treatment.  In fact, it could be used initially and then used periodically as a barometer of how much progress the family is making in terms of their communication, knowledge of each other, and gelling as a family unit.  Family Quest can be used with all types of families (blended families, families with adopted children, families with foster children, single parent families, families with two parents of the same sex, etc.).  Therefore, there can be various numbers of players and adult to child configurations.  While game play moves more smoothly with a maximum of six players, if the therapist has a family with more than six members and wants to utilize Family Quest, it is possible. 

             Each box of Family Quest: A Family Therapy Board Game comes with 6 game tokens, 1 die, 1 game board, 86 Family Discussion Cards, 85 Family Trivia Cards, 53 Family Team-Up Cards, 100 Compass Points, 5 House Puzzle Pieces, 30 Family Trivia Card Answer Sheets, and 6 pencils.  The cost of the game is $49.95.

             As mentioned above, the maximum number of players is six.  However, Family Quest can be played with a minimum of two players or more than six, if necessary.  The game is designed for players ages 7 and up.

             Below are images of the board layout and some of the pieces included in the game.  Click on any image to see a larger picture. 

Click on the card to see sample questions.  Chick the back arrow of your browser to return here.

           

Compass Point Card

House Puzzle

Family Discussion Card

Family Team-Up Card

Board Layout

Family Trivia Card

 

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Family Quest On the Go
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Take the Family Quest Experience Further With Family Quest On The Go!
The Family Fun of Family Quest You Can Take With You Anywhere!

        While Family Quest: A Family Therapy Board Game was designed to be played in a family therapy setting with a therapist helping to moderate the discussion, as I utilized it more and more with families, I discovered that, in most cases, families were able to facilitate it on their own.  What families were really enjoying about the game, which was what I was hoping for, was the opening up of discussions, finding out new things about each other, or seeing how well they knew each other.  So, I wanted to try and find a way to extend that experience and make it more accessible.  The board game is a wonderful intervention and opens many doors in terms of communication, but there is not always time and available space to play it.    

        Enter Family Quest On The Go!  It has the same family fun of Family Quest, but utilizes just game cards.  Therefore, you can take it with you anywhere!  Therapists can take it with them to in-home family visits, to school sites, or other venues where space is an issue.  Families can play this version of the game in the car, on vacation, at the beach, waiting in a long line, etc.  Like Family Quest, this version of the game still allows families opportunities to communicate, listen to one another, get to know one another better, gain more respect for one another, and, hopefully, grow closer as a family.

        Just as in Family Quest, Family Quest On The Go! is made up of three types of cards.  First, there are Family Discussion Cards, which are designed to allow the individual family members to tell about themselves and how they feel about certain topics.  Next, Family Trivia Cards give family members a chance to see how well they know the other members of their family.  Finally, Family Connection Cards require family members to work together with another family member to try and answer questions about their family.  Some of the same questions that were featured in Family Quest are utilized here, but there are also some brand new questions that are exclusive just to Family Quest On The Go!.

        Therapists could certainly use Family Quest On The Go! with their clients as a supplement to Family Quest or as a standalone intervention.  For example, the Family Trivia cards are great to help with family reunification cases or, in general, in helping as a barometer to see how well families know one another.  Or if you only have a few minutes left in a session or need an ice breaker, utilizing some of the Family Quest On The Go! cards can be the perfect intervention when there is not time for a full board game.  However, this game is also designed to be client friendly and could be used by families without the help of a therapist.  So, if families have played Family Quest in session and enjoyed it, therapists could recommend the family pick up a deck of Family Quest On The Go! cards to play at home.  The game is designed for players ages 7 and up.  There is no maximum number of players on this version, but play may slow down if there are more than six players. 

           Each box of Family Quest On The Go! comes with 63 Family Discussion Cards, 46 Family Trivia Cards, 41 Family Connection Cards, and a set of Instruction Cards.

           Click on the card to see sample questions.  Chick the back arrow of your browser to return here.

Family Trivia Card

 

 

Family Discussion Card

 

 

 

Family Connection Card

 

 

 

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If you have any questions about the games, or would like special pricing for higher quantities, please e-mail me.

 

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