Working with Children and Adolescents in Residential Care: A Strengths-Based Approach is written for professionals who work with children and youth in out of home placements, be they social services workers, child welfare or family court workers, educators, or mental health professionals in general. The book offers an approach that professionals can use to positively impact the lives of young people in residential facilities. The book emphasizes the strengths and abilities of young people from the assessment phase of treatment through discharge, and helps readers to take into account the views and actions of youth in order to provide clients appropriate services. This new volume includes sections on principles of effective youth care work, personal philosophy, positive youth development, teamwork, staffings, and crisis management.
Preface 1. A Day in the Life: The Many Faces of Residential Youth Care Workers 2. Something to Believe In: Orienting Toward Possibilities 3. Making Contact: Creating a Respectful Climate 4. We're in this Together: Teaming Up for Change 5. There's More Than One Way: Strategies for Change 6. In the Moment: Strategies for Crisis Prevention 7. The Circle of Lives: Future Roads of Possibility References Index