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Value Cards

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The Value Cards are an interactive tool that can be used by anyone exploring the concept of values and principles. The cards can be used in any setting and applied in many ways, by individuals, families, students, HR staff, consultants, counsellors, teachers and more.

The exercises are designed to engage people in a reflective process, encourage open conversation, strengthen partnerships and stimulate goal setting. The set contains 89 cards in total, with 86 unique values and 3 heading cards included for a standard exercise.


Picture of opened Value Card boxes, with three colours of cards spilling out.


DEN has distributed several hundred packs of Value Cards since their release.

You can order your own copy of Value Cards from our Resources page. We offer the cards in three colours and as Single Boxes or in a Box Set of Nine. The accompanying Manual includes a full list of cards and many example exercises.

Click here to visit the Resources Page and view the demo, read the Manual, or order your copy.


Value Cards were originally created in 2001 by W.R. Miller, J.C’de Baca, D.B. Matthew and P.L. Wilbourne at the University of New Mexico. The authors made the tool freely available to the world. DEN, with the project lead by Jonathan P., adapted this resource for use in the Tasmanian community with the intention of making it an accessible, attractive tool that could be used by itself, or within an Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug framework.

DEN believes that knowing one’s personal values can be beneficial when dealing with AOD issues, and can help an individual take steps to recognise when their choices are not honouring their strongly held values.








The original set of cards were altered to better suit the Tasmanian community. Values were added, some were exchanged for more meaningful words, and some duplicate values were removed. Phonetic spelling was added to each card to assist younger people and people with low literacy, and some descriptions of values were altered slightly to use plain English.

Finally, the cards and the associated manual were given to Cathy McAuliffe Design to turn the cards into a tool that would be attractive for all ages.