Her top values: Adventure, Creativity, Openness
She teaches home improvement classes to women through her business, Workshops for Women and feels very lucky to be meeting so many wonderful people through her work.
She describes herself as very hands on and is using Life Compass Cards to sort about what is important to her about her workshop for women as it grows. She has used them in the past when she has felt a little out of sorts and they have helped her to sort her feelings and give her clarity.
She felt her final three values “gave her a sense of clarity about why she goes through life the way she does”.
Her top values: Love, Spirituality, Gratitude
She’s a professional counselor and focuses on vocational counseling, working with clients that have disabilities. She helps find employment and assists them in moving forward with their lives.
Brenda herself has a disability with the loss of her eyesight over 15 years ago. She uses a portable magnifier to view her cards. She describes herself as a spiritual person who likes to explore. She is using the Life Compass Cards to determine which values are important to her.
She felt her experience using the Life Compass Cards “sums up what she believes in and she found answers”.
His Top Values: Connection, Kindness, Nurture
Michael is starting a new career and job in nursing and wants to find out what is important to him at work. He wants to put aside all distractions and find out what he should focus on to get the most out of his job.
Sometimes the cards can be an emotional journey. He found that it looked very different when he focused on work instead of personal.
Hannah's Top Values: Inspiration, Creativity, Friendship
Katie's Top Values: Imagination, Calm, Openness
They both are focusing on what is important to them at this moment in time. Both feel they are very creative with great imaginations.
Her Top Values: Laughter, Integrity, Intellect
Jedeanne wanted to focus on what she considers important in her marriage at that point in time. She found out that she values the same things in her friends as she does in her marriage.
Follow the grain in your own wood. ~ Howard Truman
"Values clarification is an essential component of acceptance-based behavior analytic practice. The Compass Card sorting task yields three distinct values classes, those linked to problem solving, and those shaped through social expectations, and a remaining group that appears largely independent of these two. I find the Compass Card procedure useful in helping clients differentiate among these three values classes and to notice the experiential shift that occurs respective to each class. Further, in terms of process-dialectics, the Compass Card sorting task helps elucidate and expose core dialectical tensions (desire / suffering) and life-struggles implicated in the core values the client desires most."
John McNeill, PsyD
Director, Community Practicum Training
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
University of Denver
"I have used the Life Compass Cards with many of my clients and have found them extraordinarily helpful for providing clarity, direction, and purpose both at the start of treatment and any time I feel stuck."
Michael Stein, Psy.D.
"I have found the Compass Cards to be extremely useful in helping my clients to discover specific aspects of their lives and qualities of living that really matter to them. They provide a practical and engaging way to approach the topic of “values”, emphasized in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I highly recommend this clinical tool to colleagues and students."
Arnica Buckner, PhD