Strengths-Based Counseling with at-Risk Youth

ISBN-10: 1412928206

ISBN-13: 9781412928205

Edition: 2006

Authors: Michael Ungar

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This guide for youth workers provides the tools both to understand and access strengths buried beneath problem behaviours. It features: six strategies for youth engagement; many real-life examples and a strengths inventory to use to assess resilience and identify areas that need improvement.
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 3/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Michael Ungar received a Ph.D. in Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University in 1995. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Maritime School of Social Work at Dalhousie University, Canada. He has published articles in such journals as Adolescence, Youth & Society, Qualitative Social Work, Social Service Review, the Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Child & Youth Care Forum. Dr. Ungar has been researching, writing, and teaching about resilience among youth for ten years in Canada, the U.S., Hong Kong, and Columbia. He oversees a federally funded international research project involving collaboration among researchers in eleven sites on five continents exploring similarities and differences in how resilience is understood, studied, and nurtured. As part of this, he will soon embark on a tour of Israel, England, Russia, and Tanzania. He recently presented two papers detailing his work at an international qualitative methods conference hosted by Sage and the International Institute for Qualitative Methods. He has a well-established international network of colleagues in this field across many disciplines, and many will be contributors to this volume.

About the Author
Surviving and Thriving
The Many Ways Youth Survive
Three Survival Strategies, Three Identities
Power and Self-Definition
Substitution as Intervention
Narrative Interventions
Powerful Alternatives
Three Identities: Pandas, Chameleons, and Leopards
The Stuck Panda
The Uncertain Chameleon
The Demanding Leopard
Pegs and Holes
Six Strategies for Nurturing Resilience
Overview of the Six Strategies
Paths to Resilience: Conventional and Unconventional
Hear Their Truth
From Truth to Action: Implementing Strategies Two Through Five
Help Youth Look Critically at Their Behavior
Create Opportunities That Fit With What Youth Say They Need
Speak In Ways Youth Will Hear and Respect
Find the Difference That Counts the Most
The Many Expressions of Youth Resilience
Substitute Rather Than Suppress
Substitutions for Drug Use
Substitutions for Other At-Risk Behaviors
The Many Expressions of Resilience
A New Way to Look at Bullying
Bullying as Coping: Jake
Bullying and the Three Identities
Providing Opportunities for Adaptation
Substitutions for Bullies
Substitutions for Victims
Assessing Resilience
The Resilient Youth Strengths Inventory
Evaluating Fairly
Translating the Results of the Resilient Youth Strengths Inventory
Pandas Shoot
Chameleons Score
Leopards Win
Using Results to Inform Our Efforts
Conclusion: The Need for Change
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