Working with Challenging Youth Lessons Learned along the Way

ISBN-10: 1560328916
ISBN-13: 9781560328919
Edition: 2001
Authors: Brent Richardson
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Description: Brent Richardson offers a practical guide through the pitfalls and problems that arise when working with challenging youth and children in the at-risk category.

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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/12/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Brent Richardson offers a practical guide through the pitfalls and problems that arise when working with challenging youth and children in the at-risk category.

Preface
What Distinguishes Effective Counselors From the Rest?
Overview of Chapters
Recommendations for Reading This Book
Acknowledgments
An Introduction to Challenging Youth
What 12 Teenage Boys in a Double Trailer Taught Me About Myself
Who Are Challenging Youth?
What About Youth Who Seem to Lack the Capacity to Care About Others?
Empirical and Theoretical Foundations
Lessons Learned: Promoting Self-Awareness to Enhance Therapeutic Relationships
Find the Time to Assess Your Own Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors
Find Ways to Meet the Prerequisites
Challenging Youth Are Like Inkblot Tests
Be Aware of Your Emotional Triggers and Remember You Are Human
"Laughter Is the Shortest Distance Between Two People" (Victor Borge)
Learn From Unsuccessful Interventions or Past Conflict--And Then Let Go
Look for Ways You Are Making a Difference
Embody What You Teach and Teach Only What You Have Embodied (Millman, 1984)
Lessons Learned: Meeting Youth Where They Are--Individually, Developmentally, and Culturally
Remember What Uniform(s) You Wore
Challenging Youth Struggle on a Daily Basis to Meet Two Basic Needs
Recognize and Appreciate Ways Adolescents Are Developmentally Unique
Recognize and Appreciate Racial and Cultural Differences
Recognize and Appreciate Within Group Differences
Adapt Rather Than Adopt
Meet Youth Where They Are, Both Literally and Figuratively
Empathic Understanding Is the Key to Reaching Troubled Youth--But It's No Easy Task
Learn About the Car Before Tinkering With the Engine: Avoid Premature Problem-Solving
Admitting We Don't Understand Is Sometimes the Most Understanding and Validating Statement We Can Make
Invite Participation--Identify and Name the Real Experts
The Past Is History, But Don't Dismiss It
Lessons Learned: Finding a Healthy Balance Between Support and Challenge
Avoid the Dualistic Trap: You Do Not Have to Choose Between Drill Sergeant and Doormat
Reframe Confrontations as a Way to Develop Closer, More Genuine Relationships
Recognize Times and Situations When Confrontations May Be Warranted
Empathic Understanding Does Not Mean Agreeing With or Excusing Unacceptable Behavior
Use the SET Model to Diffuse Potential Power Struggles
Trying to Control Challenging Youth Is Like Teaching a Pig to Sing. It Wastes Your Time and Annoys the Pig
Empathize With Those Who Are Oppressed, Fight to Change Oppressive Systems and People, and Continue to Have High Expectations for Youth Who Have Been Oppressed
Lessons Learned: Framing Problems and Solutions in More Creative, Constructive, and Caring Ways
All Effective Counselors Appreciate the Power of Reframing
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Again. If That Doesn't Work, Try Something Else
Resist Using "Resistant" and Other Counterproductive Terms
Look Beyond the Behavior to Avoid Escalating the Cycle of Aggression
Pay Attention to What You Pay Attention to
Incorporate Strategies From Sports Psychology and Solution-Focused Therapy to Shift the Focus
Use Reality Therapy Principles to Help Youth Make the Connection Between What They Want and What They Are Doing or Thinking
Use Metaphors and Anecdotal Stories to Plant Seeds and Facilitate Growth
When Kids Feel They Have Only Two Choices, They Will Choose Smart Ass Over Dumb Ass Any Day
Don't Underestimate the Power of Diagnostic Labels
All Helping Professionals Have a Responsibility to Make the Assessment Process More Kid-Friendly
Lessons Learned: Valuing Systematic, Collaborative, and Preventive Approaches
Appreciate Context--Don't Judge a Kid by His or Her Cover
Families, Particularly Parents and Guardians, Cannot Be Peripheral to the Therapeutic Process
Families with Challenging Youth Often Display Characteristic Structural Patterns That Tend to Limit Growth and Maintain or Exacerbate Problem Behaviors
Families With Challenging Youth Are More Likely to Use Habitual Communication Patterns That Tend to Limit Growth and Maintain or Exacerbate Problem Behaviors
Take Time to See the Big Picture--Empathize With the Families of Challenging Youth
Recognize, Appreciate, and Use Group Work and the Power of the Peer Culture
Even the Lone Ranger Never Rode Alone
Follow the Lead of Activists like Mubarek Awad and Joseph Marshall--Advocate for Youth and Families
We Must Also Concentrate Our Efforts on Preventing and Addressing Problems Upstream
Revisiting the Six Principles
References
Index
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