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Helping Teens Handle Tough Experiences: Strategies to Foster Resilience

Helping Teens Handle Tough Experiences: Strategies to Foster Resilience

No. 8941

by Jill R. Nelson, Ph.D.; and Sarah Kjos, M.Ed.
Life is hard for teens, but it can become even more difficult when they experience serious challenges. Removing the adversity from a teen's life may be out of our control, but we can help them deal with these experiences and build on their natural talents, goodness, and strength.

This book highlights 20 tough experiences, and, using research evidence and practical experience, the authors provide information and strategies that you can use to help guide a teen through troubled times. In addition to practical advice, suggestions, and other tips for working with teens, each chapter also includes reproducible handouts, informational resources, and contact information for relevant organizations.

This resource will help youth-serving professionals find the tools they need to help young people with personal, familial, or social adversities. The book offers solutions for managing specific crises, including

  • Self-injury
  • Parents who are chemically dependent
  • Abusive dating relationships
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Sexual abuse
  • Pregnancy
  • Mental illness
  • Gangs
  • Foster care
  • Eating disorders
  • Domestic violence
  • Divorce
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • With a CD-ROM containing reproducible handouts, examples of real-life situations, and ideas and topics for group discussion, this strength-based approach to working with youths empowers them to avoid becoming paralyzed by obstacles and instead to face life with confidence. (120 pp.)


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