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A Parent's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis
     

A Parent's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis

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by Rich Van Pelt, Jim Hancock
 

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You’ve seen it on the news too many times to count. School shootings, adolescent addictions, bullying, eating disorders, depression and suicide, cutting, pregnancy. There is no lack of bad news to be told about teenagers today. Maybe you believe that will never happen to “my child.” And maybe it won’t. But crises aren’t always the

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You’ve seen it on the news too many times to count. School shootings, adolescent addictions, bullying, eating disorders, depression and suicide, cutting, pregnancy. There is no lack of bad news to be told about teenagers today. Maybe you believe that will never happen to “my child.” And maybe it won’t. But crises aren’t always the stories that make the evening news. The spectrum of crises an adolescent may face can range from something as (seemingly harmless) as getting caught cheating on a test to dealing with the breakdown of the family, to acting out and getting in trouble with the law. And the reality is that someone they know will likely experience some kind of crisis—and that can affect your teen significantly. Either way, when a crisis affects your teen, wouldn’t you want to be prepared?

Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock, both of whom have raised teenagers into adulthood and have spent decades in youth ministry and crisis management, bring together their expertise and insight to help you identify and understand what a crisis is and how you can help your teen live and grow through it. Inside, you’ll find practical responses for issues like:

  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Accidents
  • Cheating
  • Death (of a friend or loved one)
  • Divorce
  • Eating disorders
  • Hazing
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual identity confusion
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • And more…

In addition to learning appropriate responses to crises, you’ll learn how to prevent some of these issues, and how to get professionals involved when necessary. Whatever it is your teen is dealing with, your influence in their life is still the most important one. So be prepared to walk them through their crisis with wisdom, compassion, and the tools to help them heal.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Robbie L. Flowers
It seems as if everything is a crisis for teenagers-not being popular, peer relationships, grades. Sometimes these aspects make it difficult for a parent to identify when a true crisis emerges. Uncertain of how to handle teen complexities, some parents have retreated into the mode of "Your crisis is not my emergency." Perhaps after reading this book, parents will have a different outlook. This title teaches readers how to identify and handle a crisis. It also informs parents of when to upgrade their teen's crisis in their parenting priorities, going beyond simple definitions and looking into underlying communication issues. The authors make certain to equip their audience with real-life mechanisms for coping with situations ranging from suicide to teen pregnancy to bullying. Parents can use this handy guide to make assessments of the problems with which their teens are dealing and get practical advice on how to best support them. Most important, this title informs the reader of basic ways to reconnect with their teens and get them to talk candidly. Although Christian references pepper this title, it is easy for the material to be grasped by a wider audience. The authors do not use the text to proselytize to the reader. Instead the Bible is used as a source just as the other titles listed in the book's thorough endnotes. This book would be an additional purchase for a library developing its parenting collection and is flexible enough to occupy space at a public library. Reviewer: Robbie L. Flowers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310277248
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Youth Specialties Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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 president of Alongside Consulting, a Denver-based leadership development organization, and is national director of ministry relationships for Compassion International. Often called on to offer counsel and direction after major teen incidents, like the Columbine shootings, Rich is also the author of Intensive Care: Helping Teenagers In Crisis and co-author of The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teenagers In Crisis.

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.

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