The Pocket Processor is a processing tool based on the theory of the yin and the yang. This theory describes two ends of a continuum, with each end having the seed of the other. This deck of cards is round in shape, like the yin/yang and the statements are printed on the opposite sides of the yin/yang. (See picture.) This is a great tool to use with youth populations as well as adult groups. It works well with all age groups. It's a great staff training tool as well.
• Basic Use: The most basic use of the Pocket Processor is to debrief an activity by spreading all cards out and asking each participant to choose the card that best represents some kind of progress made (either individual or group progress). Then allow each person to explain his or her choice (e.g. "I chose the competing/cooperating card because I am naturally very competitive, but I successfully fought off my desire to complete the initiative faster than the other group.")
Here is a testimonial from one of our customers:
"You know how you sometimes get that group of adolescent girls that are just so uncomfortable with each other; they really don't say much and their participation seems forced and half-hearted? I had this group recently. For some reason they just didn't feel safe letting their guards down with each other - or with me. I decided to pull out the Pocket Processor. I laid a rope on the ground, the middle of the length was neutral ground, for each pair of words, they could choose to move from the neutral position in either direction along the rope indicating to what degree the word described themselves and how they were feeling. With each pair of words, the girls became more engaged in the process. At first we paused after each pair to see where the girls landed; as we progressed, they started volunteering information about their choices. We played for about 20 minutes and they discovered they had many shared views and feelings. The Pocket Processor created a safe self-disclosure process and allowed them to take those critical first steps toward bonding."
~Jennifer Steinmetz, Challenge Course Director, Rocky Top Therapy Center