After counselling involuntary and mandated youth for 10 years, Ryan knows how to get through to the most resistant youth. Now he has developed a practical and easy-to-use method for helping hard-to-serve youth in any setting: group home, school, jail, or home.
How to have a 15 minute conversation with hard-to-serve youth that can build relationship, increase coping skills, and improve behaviour.
1) Hard to serve youth need more than consequences to meet our expectations.
2) Hard to serve youth need help to understand and respond to the factors causing their challenging behaviour.
3) Challenging behaviour is caused in part because youth have a significant delay in skills.
4) Delayed skills can be identified if a youth talks openly about the situation when the challenging behaviour happened.
5) Youth will talk openly if they feel heard and valued, which can be accomplished using open ended questions and reflective listening.
6) In order to participate in personal work, youth must believe they will benefit.
7) In order to participate in personal work with a particular adult, youth must believe that adult is in their corner and will help them.
8) Use open ended questions and reflective listening to help the youth come up with the best strategy to improve a delayed skill.
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