Date of Award

Summer 2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Jack Presbury

Lennis Echterling

Eric Cowan

Abstract

The overarching goal of this project is the compilation of a resource for those who have chosen to work with troubled youth. . Most workers in the field have a bachelor’s degree or less, and even those with a solid education may find themselves ill-prepared for the practical challenges of working with this difficult group. For that reason, it was necessary to create a resource increasing the practical knowledge base of workers in the field. Within this text, I have compiled and reviewed literature concerning practical interventions with at-risk adolescents, combined it with professional experience, and provided a guidebook which is informative, easy to read, and, above all, useful in a practical manner. Included are sections on understanding the population, outlining useful interventions that have proven effective with this group, and reviewing the dangers of burnout, followed by preventive measures to avoid this pit fall. The end result is a manual designed to increase the productivity, effectiveness, and job satisfaction of those who have dedicating themselves to helping troubled children.

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Psychology Commons

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