The Volunteer's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis Participant's Guide by Rich Van PeltThe Volunteer's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis Participant's Guide by Rich Van Pelt

The Volunteer's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis Participant's Guide

byRich Van Pelt, Jim Hancock

Paperback | August 11, 2012

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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 school—fights, sexual abuse, eating disorders—can be overwhelming, and, when teens look for advice, volunteers need to know how to help.

In this participant's guide (DVD/digital video sold separately), Van Pelt and Hancock recommend and detail a program for dealing with crises in a way that will be most helpful for struggling teens. They’ve 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 life’s darker times. Van Pelt and Hancock have compiled a helpful, comprehensive guide invaluable to anyone working closely with teens.

Designed for use with The Volunteer's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis Video Study (sold separately).

Rich Van Pelt trains thousands of educators, counselors and youth workers each year in adolescent crisis intervention and teen suicide prevention and response. His expertise springs from more than three decades of youth and family work, including ten years with incarcerated youth in the Colorado Department of Corrections. He is preside...
Title:The Volunteer's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis Participant's GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.38 inPublished:August 11, 2012Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310891698

ISBN - 13:9780310891697


Table of Contents

01 Understanding CrisisHow to see and respond to crisis as a 'dangerous opportunity' for growth in the lives of adolescents and youth groups02 Spotting CrisisHow to become the sort of youth worker kids turn to in a crisisHow to get the story behind the story separating superficial 'presenting problems' from the 'core issues' in a crisisHow to assess and respond to suicidal language and gestures03 Responding to Crisis How to initiate an appropriate, proportional response to help a kid in crisisHow to refer a teenager to a skilled helper (without leaving the kid feeling abandoned)How to manage confidentiality, parental notification and legal requirementsHow to do whatever you can for as long as you can to help a kid in crisis04 Preventing Crisis in Your GroupHow to stay alert for early crisis warning signsHow to create a safe place to talk about unsafe thingsHow to address signs of addiction in teenagersHow to help kids understand that discipleship is communal