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OH Cards are used all over the world in a wide variety of professions and for many different purposes. This page organizes information based on areas of use. Content listed on this page first appeared as posts in Updates.

Introduction to OH

Areas of Use

Education and Pedagogy
Therapy and Counselling
Health and Healing
Social Issues
Business and Workplace
Creativity

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Introduction to OH

  • OH Cards Quick-Start Guide We’ve created a free four-page PDF called the OH Cards Quick-Start Guide, to introduce the cards, offer a few activities, and more. You’re welcome to print it, email it, use it with friends you play OH with or clients you use OH to work with.
  • Moritz Egetmeyer Interview on Gestalt TV Moritz Egetmeyer, OH Cards publisher and workshop leader, was interviewed at the Riga Gestalt Institute in Latvia, while there to give an OH Cards workshop.
  • OH: The “Inner Adventure” with Metaphoric Cards of Association In Christine Gatineau’s article, she introduced associative OH Cards and their process of bypassing the mind to allow advancement into the depths of the psyche.
  • The Game of Inner Vision An article by Janine Moore giving an introduction to the OH Cards, with a focus on their history and their use in various settings, including casual social settings.
  • Take a Game to Your Subconscious An article by María Campos presenting the expert opinion of Andrés Alvarez about using OH Cards as a gateway to the subconscious that allows us to understand our feelings in a positive way. The original Spanish article is available, along with an English translation.

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Education and Pedagogy

  • A Short Video from an OH Cards Workshop This short video (less than two minutes) was created from an OH Cards workshop in Poland facilitated by Moritz Egetmeyer, the OH Cards publisher.
  • Crisis in the Kindergarten A report published by the Alliance for Childhood, about the benefits of restoring childhood play in schools.
  • The Pencil Sharpener The Pencil Sharpener is a guide to storytelling and creative writing which includes demonstrations of how OH Card decks can be used to teach those topics.
  • Can We Play? An article by psychologist David Elkin about the importance of play for children and the disappearance of play from children’s lives.

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Therapy and Counselling

  • The Power of Images Washington Souza, a specialist in neurosciences and applied psychology, created this video: The Power of Images and the Mysteries of the Self (Portuguese).
  • Hypnotist Mike Mandel and OH Cards NLP trainer and hypnotist Mike Mandel uses OH Cards in multiple ways, including with hypnosis students – to craft metaphors, activate the right brain and the unconscious mind, and stimulate creativity.
  • International Experiential Psychotherapy Conference OH Cards make a showing at the 5th International Conference of Experiential Psychotherapy and Unifying Personal Development, Bucharest, Romania, March 29-30.
  • Projective Metaphor and Hermeneutics in Unification Therapy An abstract (in English and Romanian) of a thesis proposal by Mădălina Voicu that includes the study of OH Cards used for therapeutic purposes.
  • Multiple Decks Suggest a New Path Eric Brunet, a psychotherapist in France, uses OH Cards to help a client with problems in the workplace gain a new perspective.

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Child and Youth Therapy

  • Using OH Cards with Adolescents in an Inpatient Setting Philippa Thomas uses OH Cards in an inpatient hospitalization setting to help suicidal adolescents recognize their emotions, and the images bring life and visability to feelings that they have trouble verbalizing.
  • Give Childhood Back to Children Research bio-physiologist Peter Gray writes about the importance of play for children, including how things have changed and how they’re changing.
  • Israeli and Palestinian Teachers Learn about Children and Trauma An overview of three levels of difficulty children face regarding trauma. The material presented was designed for application by Israeli and Palestinian teachers in their classrooms.
  • OH Assists Children and Adolescents Violet Oaklander, a psychotherapist specializing in working with children and adolescents, shares about using OH cards in her work.
  • Training with OH Cards Dr. Alan Flashman uses OH Cards in training sessions to create a visual image of the feelings elicited in the group.
  • OH Cards in Early Trauma Social Work Sharla Erbe’s thoughts on using OH with non-verbal children and adults who can’t access language to process their traumatic experiences.
  • Every Child’s Life is Worth a Story An article by Felicia Carroll about engaging in a storytelling process which allows children to create a cohesive narrative that supports healthy integration and productive development.

Creative Therapy

  • OH Cards for Dramatherapy Dramatherapist and clinical supervisor Lili Levy uses OH Cards for dramatherapy and considers them an important tool in her work.
  • Art Therapy with Adolescents and Young Adults Bodhi Simpson uses OH Cards in conjunction with art in her art therapy practice to help her clients heal and express themselves in creative ways.
  • Creative Therapies A description of Atkinson and Well’s book, Creative Therapies, with an excerpt of the book’s content regarding OH Cards.

Trauma Therapy

Health and Healing

  • Cancer Psychology – News Report 2 This short Russian news report (with an English transcription) about the practice of cancer psychology mentions the use of metaphoric cards as one of the techniques for helping cancer patients describe their feelings.
  • Cancer Psychology – News Report 1 This short Russian news report (with an English transcription) about the practice of cancer psychology mentions the use of metaphoric cards as one of the techniques for helping cancer patients adopt a positive stance.

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Social Issues

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Business and Workplace

  • Techniques of Group Facilitation In his book about group facilitation techniques, psychologist Pedro Bolgeri Escorza presents an OH Cards exercise for groups.
  • Creative Therapies A description of Atkinson and Well’s book, Creative Therapies, with an excerpt of the book’s content regarding OH Cards.
  • Creative Supervision Links to reviews of Mooli Lahad’s book, Creative Supervision, and excerpts from the chapter on “The Use of Therapeutic Cards,” including OH Cards.

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Creativity

  • Hypnotist Mike Mandel and OH Cards NLP trainer and hypnotist Mike Mandel uses OH Cards in multiple ways, including with hypnosis students – to craft metaphors, activate the right brain and the unconscious mind, and stimulate creativity.
  • OH Cards for Dramatherapy Dramatherapist and clinical supervisor Lili Levy uses OH Cards for dramatherapy and considers them an important tool in her work.
  • Accessing Intuitive Wisdom with OH Cards Sophia Bonnie Wodin is a psychotherapist, teacher, and spiritual mentor in private practice, and also facilitate writer’s circles. She uses OH Cards in her practice and as writing prompts.
  • Storytelling with OH Cards Rosemarie Somaiah of the Asian Storytelling Network shares experiences of using OH Cards in her work as a professional storyteller, author, and educator. “I was first introduced to OH Cards by Kiran Shah and Sheila Wee, who used them in storytelling workshops. Kiran promoted the use of OH cards here in Singapore, where I met ...
  • Art Therapy with Adolescents and Young Adults Bodhi Simpson uses OH Cards in conjunction with art in her art therapy practice to help her clients heal and express themselves in creative ways.
  • OH and the Expressive Arts Expressive Arts Consultant Fay Wilkinson uses OH Cards with students in an expressive arts program, as a storyteller, and to explore depression with seniors.
  • ECCO House in Valparaiso, Chile Mural reproductions of five of John David Ellis’s art pieces from his OH Cards deck colourfully adorn the outside of an apartment house.
  • The Pencil Sharpener The Pencil Sharpener is a guide to storytelling and creative writing which includes demonstrations of how OH Card decks can be used to teach those topics.

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