The Cars R Us tool box

Additional ideas, information and resources

Steeped in the positive psychology of choice theory, Cars ‘R’ Us draws on the idea that while there are events in our lives over which we have no control, we always have choices as to how we respond. By emphasising that we choose our behaviours, Cars ‘R’ Us can help us create a more empowering world view.

This fleet of very human-looking cars is bursting with personality and can help remind us that while we have good days and bad days, we all have the power to make positive choices.

Now that you have the cards, you’ll be wanting some fresh and innovative ideas for how to incorporate them into your work.

In this toolbox, you’ll find:

  • the digital booklet which includes lots of information about choice theory and many great ideas for using the cards across a broad range of settings and situations
  • access to a digital set of the cards so you can use them anywhere, anytime
  • ideas banks, blogs, card hack videos, interviews and other support material.

We hope you’ll also be inspired by the stories of others, and the imaginative ways they’ve used the cards in their work. Don’t forget to explore the range of supporting materials and information at your fingertips any time you need it.

This toolbox is exclusively for people who have purchased the cards. We will continue to add resources and ideas, so check in regularly to see what’s new!

The Cars R Us booklet

The Cars R Us digital cards

Card hack

Ideas bank

Blog- Choice Theory – Using Cars ‘R’ Us for working with childhood anxiety

Using the metaphor of a car, imagine James, a nine year old boy (car) who was suffering from severe panic attacks.

I began by asking him about his symptoms (the back wheels), and then asked him what he was telling himself and doing (front wheels) when this happened. Read more

Blog- Metaphor: the beating heart of communication

Once upon a time, in a land far away (to use a metaphor to describe our long lost school days) you may have learnt a definition of metaphor similar to the one above. And perhaps it is just as likely that you have forgotten it. And yet, even if you cannot define what a metaphor is, your language, along with everyone else’s, is ‘filled to the brim’ with metaphor. Read more

Blog- What drives the choices we make?

Making good choices is a really handy skill. Sometimes we really struggle to know what the best choice is. We hum and haaa and wonder. And perhaps sometimes either choice would be fine. Just go ahead and jump one way or the other, pu-leeeeease! Read more

Blog- Directing Traffic in Schools

Thinking of ourselves as a car can be a very useful thing to do. Clean and green with zero emissions, of course. Or maybe not. Depends on the fuel you are putting in your tank, the junk in the trunk, the road you take and who is behind the wheel. Read more

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