The ultimate goal of any information exchange is for teens to reach their own healthy conclusions. When teens “own” the solution, they have nothing to be resistant against. 

Reaching Teens: Strength-Based, Trauma-Sensitive, Resilience-Building Communication Strategies Rooted in Positive Youth Development


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The 2014 First Place Winner for a
Publication for Non-Physician Professionals, American Medical Writers Association

Telling young people what not to do makes them aware of problems, but does little to create change. In fact, it engenders shame and can therefore backfire. An approach that addresses risk by building on the strengths of youth promotes positive changes by building young people’s confidence and helping them understand how much they matter. Youth who understand that others expect the best from them gain self-worth and are poised to THRIVE.

Reaching Teens:

  • Is a comprehensive body of work that prepares professionals TO APPLY the principles of positive youth development, resilience-building strategies, and trauma-sensitive practices to guide youth towards healthy behaviors and wise decisions.
  • Is theoretically-rooted and evidence-informed. It is guided by experts with decades of youth-serving experience and infused with the voice of teens.
  • Has 95 chapters which offer strength-based, trauma-sensitive communication strategies on building trustworthy relationships, working with parents, addressing stress and its behavioral and mental health outcomes, and approaching specific “risk behaviors.” Concluding chapters address professional longevity, offer strategies to stem burnout, and prepare us to serve over a lifetime.
  • Includes over 400 films that share professional and youth wisdom and offer demonstrations of key concepts.
  • Offers social workers, counselors and health professionals up to 95 CEU/CME hours.
  • Is turn-key ready for virtual learning, including shared group viewing of films and discussion/reflection exercises.

Many users will choose to navigate only the electronic version; however, people who have the print book also have full access to the electronic version which links directly to videos, references, and resources. The electronic version allows for tailored experiences for both individual learners and staff charged with creating professional development modules. Streamlined navigational pathways allows you to choose your journey.

  • Setting-specific portals allow curated experiences for different practice settings assuring content most relevant to each setting is highlighted and the reflection and group learning exercises use cases specific to each setting. The following settings have their own portals: 1) Educational; 2) Juvenile Justice; 3) Drug and Alcohol; 4) Foster Care; 5) Health Care; 6) Sports and Physical Recreation; and 7) Settings Serving Youth Enduring Homelessness, Unstable Housing, and Human Trafficking.
  • Skill-based Unit portals allow the learner to explore broad concepts. The electronic version automatically cohorts key chapters that support the broad skills you seek to strengthen. Currently, there are 16 “units,” including:
    • The basics of effective communication with youth
    • Honoring diversity and practicing cultural humility
    • Instituting trauma-sensitive practices
    • Stress-management
    • Helping young people learn self-regulation
    • Self-care for youth-serving professionals

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