Working with Troubled Youth in Schools: A Guide for All School Staff

Working with Troubled Youth in Schools: A Guide for All School Staff

Working with Troubled Youth in Schools: A Guide for All School Staff

Working with Troubled Youth in Schools: A Guide for All School Staff

Synopsis

This work presents a practical guide to creating effective, school-based responses to the difficult problem of dealing with troubled youth in schools, based on an "ecological" approach to collaboration among school professionals and community members. The two themes of "prevention" and "connection" pervade the practices that are described in this timely contribution.

Excerpt

With this volume, we culminate the work of three years, a time that we, the authors, have spent pondering, testing, challenging, and discovering what might work with troubled youth. In a sense, our work begins with this writing, for we ask you yourselves to implement these ideas and to tell us of their success. We have found them to be difficult but powerful. They are not ideas for the hackneyed school professional who is cynical, too tired, or biding time until retirement. They are for those who have fire in their eyes, whose light is internally generated from a moral urgency to “save souls.” As I tell my classes of future counselors, this work is not for the fainthearted.

This book offers both a conceptual foundation for the work of helping troubled youth in schools and model programs for enacting such a vision. The topics range from the broad leadership work of school administrators to the moment-by-moment interactions with students. It is meant to be a guide for practicing school staff. It is intended to be either immediately useful or to be a stimulus for longer-range enactments. All chapters are written by veterans of “school work”: individuals who themselves are or have been principals, special education directors, directors of guidance, school counselors, school psychologists, or school social workers. They know what of they speak. Their ideas have been tested in the fires of three highly interactive working conferences for practitioners and an ongoing series of public

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