This is the most comprehensive application of Circle of Courage principles to strength-based treatment and alternative education for young people in emotional and behavioral conflict. This book was developed in the natural treatment milieu of the Allendale Association of Lake Villa, Illinois, a leader in the treatment, education, and advocacy for children and youth with behavioral health challenges. The authors provide a rich array of strategies for reaching our most vulnerable and marginalized youth. Each chapter concludes with voices of youth who describe the personal transformation from problems to potential.
Research Press (2005). 264 pages.
“Clinicians, educators, mentors, and youth professionals are presented with research-based strategies that will help improve their relationships with youth, including those who have been ignored, discarded, and branded as incorrigible.”
“The book is written in an easy-to-read style and is organized for ready reference. The content is surprisingly in-depth and comprehensive, a must-read for anyone wishing to learn about, do research in, or simply remain current in strength-based, family-oriented, wrap-around treatment interventions for troubled youth.”
“Mental health professionals working with youths are most effective when incorporating a strong belief system and theoretical framework to guide their approach to evaluation and treatment, especially with youths with behavior disorders. Will we offer encouragement and treatment in a democratic, supportive environment attuned to identifying and developing a youth’s strengths or perhaps recommend a more coercive, autocratic setting such as a military style boot camp? Will we take the time to fully participate in comprehensive, strength-based treatment planning or become isolated in a medical model approach?”
—Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry