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Working With Aggressive Youth : Positive Strategies to Teach Self-Control and Prevent Violence

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Angry, aggressive, or violent youth threaten the well-being of themselves, other children, and caregivers in any setting – schools, foster care, group homes, or mental health facilities. They may need medication and therapy to treat their problems, but they also must learn how to control negative thoughts and emotions without turning to aggressive behavior. Professionals learn how to build good relationships with youth and teach them prosocial behavior. Also offered are sample treatment plans to address both ...
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Overview

Angry, aggressive, or violent youth threaten the well-being of themselves, other children, and caregivers in any setting – schools, foster care, group homes, or mental health facilities. They may need medication and therapy to treat their problems, but they also must learn how to control negative thoughts and emotions without turning to aggressive behavior. Professionals learn how to build good relationships with youth and teach them prosocial behavior. Also offered are sample treatment plans to address both proactive and reactive aggression in youth and guidelines on how to promote a safe environment for the children in your care. Included is a social skills chart that can be used as an easy reference guide by caregivers as they teach new skills to replace old aggressive behaviors. The chart shows which skills work best with specific types of behaviors. This book can help teachers, school counselors, social workers, probation officers, psychologists, foster parents, child care staff, and administrators teach angry youth how to calm down, use self-control strategies, and solve problems in positive ways.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934490150
  • Publisher: Boys Town Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,016,701
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Daniel L. Daley is Executive Vice President and Director of Youth Care at Boys Town. He has presented over 150 papers at scientific and service conferences, authored or co-authored over 80 articles, book chapters and training manuals. He was on the faculty at Kansas University for over 15 years. His areas of expertise are juvenile delinquency, adolescent mental health, and dissemination of evidence-based programs.

Michael Sterba is a Senior Writer at Boys Town and is co-author of several books for youth-care professionals, including Teaching Social Skills to Youth with Mental Health Disorders.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 An Overview of Aggression 5

Chapter 2 Why are Kids Aggressive? 29

Chapter 3 The Boys Town Ecology and Youth Aggression 37

Chapter 4 How Boys Town Reduces Aggression 65

Chapter 5 Correcting Aggressive and Problem Behavior 87

Chapter 6 Teaching Youth to Control Emotions and Behavior 95

Chapter 7 Using Praise to Encourage Positive Behavior 109

Chapter 8 Teaching Social Skills to Prevent Problems 117

Chapter 9 Preparing to Do Treatment Plans 123

Chapter 10 Treatment Strategies for Reactive Aggression 133

Chapter 11 Treatment Strategies for Proactive Aggression 165

Chapter 12 Social Skills for Aggressive Youth 201

References 209

Index 217

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