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Explore how these therapeutic practices can enhance your work as a residential youth care worker!

The Residential Youth Care Worker in Action: A Collaborative, Competency—Based Approach will help youth care workers administer psychotropic medications, understand psychiatric labels, handle crisis and staffing, and give accurate assessments. Emphasizing ideas that focus on the strengths and abilities of young people from the assessment phase of treatment through discharge, this guidebook will help you take the views and actions of youths into consideration from a change-oriented perspective in order to offer your clients appropriate services.

The Residential Youth Care Worker in Action serves to fill in the gap between therapists and residential youth care workers (RYCWs) by emphasizing ideas that therapists have been using for years. This resourceful book takes a relatively new direction in the field by focusing on competency-based as opposed to problem-focused methods. Many of the major concerns that you face as a youth care worker are addressed with easy-to-learn-and-use therapeutic ideas, suggestions, new approaches, and techniques that are demonstrated through case illustrations. Some of these competency-based ideas include:

  • focusing on what is changeable for youths as opposed to what is not
  • exploring how you can use language to convey respect and facilitate change by focusing on a youth’s possibilities instead of his or her past behavior
  • using solution talk instead of problem talk, such as saying a youth is very energetic at times instead of hyperactive
  • respecting young people, their viewpoints, and experiences to create a context and climate that is conducive to change
  • exploring “future roads” by helping young people create compelling futures, dissolve barriers, and take action toward those preferred futures
  • managing crisis intervention while simultaneously allowing youths to keep their pride
  • helping young people realize their accountability within the roles of both psychotropic medications and psychiatric labels
    The Residential Youth Care Worker in Action explains several approaches that you can use to positively impact the lives of the young people in your residential facility. Complete with handouts and diagrams such as a post-crisis debriefing form, a level promotion petition form, and a weekly success chart that can be reproduced and used in various residential programs, The Residential Youth Care Worker in Action will help you create a positive atmosphere for youths and prepare them for a successful future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789009128
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


  • Foreword (Michael Durrant)
  • Preface
  • The Evolution of Residential Youth Care Work
  • What’s Different About This Book?
  • How This Book Is Arranged
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. A Day in the Life: The Many Faces of Residential Youth Care Workers
  • Here, There, and Everywhere: Profiling the Residential Youth Care Worker
  • The Long and Winding Road: A New Direction for Youth Care Workers
  • The Heart of the Matter: The Resiliency Factor
  • Making the Connection: The Power of Relationships
  • The Toolbox
  • Building a Foundation: Assumptions of a Collaborative, Competency-Based Approach
  • Experience, Views/Stories, Action, and Context
  • Chapter 2. Something to Believe In: From Impossibility to Possibility
  • What Walt Disney Knew: Creating Possibilities
  • From Pathology to Competency: A New Language of Change
  • Wherever You Are, That’s Okay
  • Keeping the Lines Moving and Signposts of Change
  • Chapter 3. Making Contact: Creating a Respectful Context and Climate for Change
  • First Impressions
  • Face-to-Face Assessments
  • Chapter 4. We’re in This Together: Teaming Up in the Service of Change
  • Creating Change Through Team Meetings and Staffings
  • It’s Your Turn: The Process of Changing Shifts
  • Thoughts on Level Systems
  • Chapter 5. Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Altering Problematic Patterns of Viewing
  • The Role of Views
  • Changing Problematic Patterns of Viewing
  • A Different View: Externalizing the Problem
  • Creating Compelling Futures with Possibilities
  • Chapter 6. Pete and Repeat: Altering Problematic Patterns of Action, Interaction, and Context
  • Problematic Patterns of Action and Interaction
  • Changing the Doing of Problematic Patterns of Action and Interaction
  • Changing the Context
  • Identifying and Amplifying Change
  • Chapter 7. “Houston, We Have a Problem”: Managing Crisis with an Eye on Possibilities
  • Crisis
  • Ideas for On-Call Crisis Management
  • Smokey the Bear versus Freddy the Fireman: Preventing Crises Before They Happen
  • Unconditional Conversations: The Power of Relationships
  • I Didn’t Do It! Promoting Accountability
  • Promoting Accountability Within Preestablished Conditions
  • Chapter 8. The Journey of 1,000 Miles: Exploring Future Roads with Possibilities
  • The Big Picture: Sharing Change with Large Audiences
  • Certifably Changed
  • At Every Ending Is a New Beginning: Discharge As Transition
  • Don’t Forget Me! The Light That Never Goes Out
  • Countering Burnout and Valuing Yourself
  • Referenes
  • Index
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