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Publication Date: 2012
Teenagers now face a different world than they would have twenty, even ten years ago. Confronted with new choices and challenges, they grow up exposed to influences both positive and negative. Issues that can arise in high schoolfights, sexual abuse, eating disorderscan be overwhelming, and, when teens look for advice, volunteers need to know how to help. In A Volunteers Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis¬, Van Pelt and Hancock recommend and detail a program for dealing with crises in a way that will be most helpful for struggling teens. Theyve divided their approach into four stages: Understanding various crises and their potential consequences. Spotting crises by learning to recognize signs and get the whole story. Responding to crises by initiating contact, managing confidentiality, and taking follow-up steps to ensure teens receive professional help as necessary. Preventing crises by creating a safe environment and sharing information with teens. As confusing as life can be for teenagers, it can be just as difficult for volunteers to understand and help them through lifes darker times. Van Pelt and Hancock have compiled a helpful, comprehensive guide invaluable to anyone working closely with teens.
Jim Hancock invested two decades as a church-based youth worker. Now he spends his days writing and creating digital movies and learning designs for youth workers, parents, and adolescents. He's the author of many youth ministry resources including How to Volunteer Like a Pro and The Justice Mission, and co-author of Good Sex 2.0 and The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis.
This DVD contains four 15-20 minute sessions.