From test scores to bullying to family relationships, teens have a lot on their minds. When wrestling with questions and concerns, all young people can benefit from a safe, supportive place to “just talk” with caring peers and an attentive adult about the issues that really matter to them. Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them gives you the resources you need to create that place through guided small-group discussions. These discussions provide teens with opportunities for articulating their feelings, building self-esteem, affirming themselves, and more. Tested with thousands of adolescents in a variety of schools and other settings, the discussion sessions in this book:
- support teens’ social and emotional development
- reach out to young people using proven methods
- help teens feel more in control of their lives
- help build self-esteem and self-awareness in teens
- focus on topics important to teens, encompassing areas such as stress, identity, feelings, relationships, family, and the future
- give teens practice in problem solving and goal setting
- help young people feel less alone, having realized that they have much in common with one another
Each discussion session is clear, self-contained, and step-by-step, and many sessions include reproducible handouts. Introductory and background materials offer practical tips and guidance, allowing even less-experienced group leaders to feel prepared and confident in their role. Ideal for advising teachers, counselors, and youth workers in all kinds of school and group settings, this book meets the American School Counselor Association’s national standards for academic, career, and personal/social and emotional development.
Digital content contains all of the reproducible handouts from the book.
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288 pages, softcover, 8½" x 11", For advising teachers, counselors, youth workers, and parents of teens, grades 6–12, ISBN 978-1-57542-384-5