Vol 22, No 4 (2014)
The professional literature is flooded with methods that claim to be "evidence-based practices." A larger concern for those who work with children and youth is"practice-based evidence" which is defined as delivering what works. In this issue, noted leaders from the Reclaiming Youth movement describe the most successful strategies for creating environments in which all young people thrive.
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Autism can interfere with social relationships necessary for positive development. Two organizations have collaborated to create an innovative strength-based relational model for children with autism and other neurological differences.
Culture and Developmentback to top
Circle of Courage--Cariboo Chilcotin Style!
A First Nations community in British Columbia created this artistic expression of
the Circle of Courage to focus on building strengths in young people, families, and schools.
Respectful Youth Cultures
Creating a positive culture requires staff who believe in the potential and greatness of even the most troubled youth. Positive Peer Culture (PPC) enlists youth in pro-social values of care and concern.
Native Birthrights and Indigenous Science
Indigenous students around the world have demonstrated a lack of academic achievement and enthusiasm for schooling in its conventional colonial form.
Developmental Auditback to top
Standing Alone in Judgment
Many children with serious problems are reacting to horrific abuse as in this case of a young boy before the court. The Developmental Audit® is used in juvenile justice, mental health, and education for strength-based assessment of vulnerable children and youth.
Educational Innovationsback to top
School Life that Matters: Building Circle of Courage Schools
In the frenzy to spike test scores that track a standardized curriculum, the central question of what students actually need is ignored. What are the bona fide “essentials” in schools that enable children to learn and thrive?
The Failure of Zero Tolerance
From the Editors: Ironically, zero tolerance policies once promoted as a solution to youth violence have created a school to prison pipeline. Widespread discipline practices of suspension, expulsion, and arrest for school behavior problems are turning kids in conflict into criminal offenders. The preeminent researcher on zero tolerance reviews the evidence about these practices and proposes a preventive model to insure school safety without discarding our most marginalized youth.
From the Editorback to top
Powerful Outcomes: Delivering What Works
A growing body of evidence from resilience science, positive psychology, and epigenetics provides principles for effective practice with challenging youth.
Life Space Crisis Interventionback to top
LSCI in Trauma-Informed Care
This is an overview of the Life Space Crisis Intervention model as a resource for using crisis as the basis for learning and therapy with traumatized children and youth.
Response Ability Pathwaysback to top
Restoring Bonds of Respect
Response Ability Pathways (RAP) training puts the Circle of Courage into practice, providing skills to respond to the needs of children instead of reacting to their problems.
Trauma and Loss in Childrenback to top
Healing Trauma, Building Resilience: SITCAP in Action
Trauma and loss are not seen as diagnostic disorders but as painful experiences with which the child is struggling to cope. Interventions involve children in their own healing so that they feel safe and empowered—no longer victims but
survivors and thrivers.
Treatment and Familyback to top
Strengthening Resilience in Families
Families need practical strategies to replace conflict with harmony and cultivate strengths in young people. Rolling with Resilience (RwR) provides experiential learning to apply the Circle of Courage in solving problems and building assets.
Pain-Based Behavior with Children and Adolescents in Conflict
Young people who have experienced trauma are literally living in a world of pain which shows in their challenging behavior. Unfortunately professionals and caregivers often react in ways that perpetuate conflict and pain. Effective intervention requires a deeper understanding on the origins and management of this pain-based behavior.
Helpers in Distress: Preventing Secondary Trauma
Although professionals and caregivers are becoming more trauma-informed, they can be unknowingly drawn into the emotional distress experienced by those they seek to help. Causes and prevention of this secondary trauma are reviewed.