The "River" kit is a unique therapeutic tool designed to help psychotherapists in their work. The deck of cards and the accompanying book were developed by Gali Salpeter (© Gali Salpeter) after many years of therapeutic work in various environments around the world. Over the years, she has enriched her knowledge and experience by taking part in seminars, courses and supervisors, as well as extensive reading of professional literature. The idea of a visual link between maps for the presentation (demonstration) of processes is due to the absence of those in the logs with which Gali worked as a therapist.
The uniqueness of the idea of the "River" deck is that cards can be operated not only as separate incentives, but by placing the selected cards one next to another, the client has the opportunity to create a new thematic and visual image each time.
The images on the cards were written in Bangalore, by Indian artist Bhargavi Anilkumar. He worked under continuous instructions and followed a detailed plan of themes that should appear on each card. Some of the original images were later processed on a computer. 50 "river maps" can be connected with other cards on each side. Also in the set there are 5 cards representing the beginning and the end of the river.
The images on cards were designed in such a way that in all of them, the width of the river at the edge of the cards is identical. Despite the differences in the color of the river, its nature and the environment in which it flows in each card, the user can simply by placing cards one next to the other - to create one current river. The cards were designed to create a wide range of feelings and emotions, which in turn would facilitate the process of disclosing the inner world of the client.
Such topics as identity, interpersonal relationships, death, changes, fears, violence, illness, relationships are just a few examples of a wide range of deck options.
The client begins to identify himself with a river that flows under various conditions, with objects and animals that can be found next to it, with its ever-changing shores or with the atmosphere of the environment depicted on the card.
The ability to work with images without verbalization helps to circumvent client protection and achieve a deeper level of work.
The set can be used both individually and in group format. A client of any age (child, teenager, adult) can benefit from working with a deck. This tool focuses primarily on psychologists, social workers, counselors, marital and family physicians, educators and people involved in self-knowledge.
There are several basic possibilities for using maps:
multiple maps (River Continuum)
a large number of cards
with / observing / comparing two river continuities constructed by the client
with / observing / comparing river continuities constructed by different
Here's such a river continuum turned out to me at the first acquaintance with the set.
I want to share my own experiences from working with the "River" set.
It is nice to keep the deck in hand, images are "warm", live. The set
of themes is admired - there are images depicting a river on the mars (with an
alien) filled with a hot lava from an active volcano, swampy due to the dam and
dried up because of the scorching sun - does not leave the confidence that all
of its life stories can be mapped through the proposed metaphor. With great
enthusiasm I took this deck into my therapeutic arsenal. I will definitely
share the results in the following articles.
May Salpeter, The River - Printed in R. Macedonia, 2011 by RI Graphics Doo Skopje, 121 p.