Strengths Based Approach in Working with At-Risk Youth


This course will help you understand how to apply the strength-based model to specific age and developmental groups. You will learn why this is important and explore techniques and interventions specific to the various age groups.


Hours: 1.25


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-WYSBP
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Identify signature strengths for setting and achieving life goals.
Explain why identifying strengths is important for clients and their families.
Incorporate a strength-based approach in your practice.
Apply interventions and techniques to various development and age groups.
Associate interventions to specific mental health challenges.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: A Strength-Based Perspective and Framework Introduction A. Meet Devondre B. Focusing on Problems versus Solutions C. Strengths of a Strength-Based Practice D. Helping Your Clients Identify Their Strengths E. Identifying Strengths with a Solution-Focus F. Twenty-Four Signature Strengths G. Assessments Used in Strength-Based Approaches H. The Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents I. The Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale–Second Edition J. Family History Questionnaire K. Family Protective Factor Worksheet L. Quick Check M. Treatment Goals and Objectives N. Putting This Into Practice O. Quick Check P. Case Study: Sally Q. Summary Section 3: Considerations when Using a Strength-Based Approach A. Understanding Developmental Levels B. Working with Children 6 to 8 Years Old C. Case Study: Jimmy D. Working with Children 8 to 11 Years Old E. Case Study: Coleen F. Working with Children 11 to 14 Years Old G. Empowering Caregivers With Youth 11 to 14 Years Old H. Intervention Example: 11 to 14 Years Old I. Working with Children 14 to 18 Years Old J. Intervention Example: 14 to 18 Years Old K. Quick Check L. Build Rapport and Trust M. Meet Them Where They Are N. Ask, “Who are You?” O. Focus on the Right Now P. Meet Jamal Q. Summary Section 4: Augmenting Your Strength-Based Approaches A. Communication Improvement B. Active Listening C. Communicating Feelings D. Understanding Personality in Communication E. Self-Regulation F. Mindfulness G. Foster Self-Awareness H. Biologically Enacting Change I. Strength-Based Approaches and These Chemicals J. Meet Brandon K. Strength-Based Approaches and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) L. A Note on Medication M. Case Study Example: Frank N. Strength-Based Approaches and Depression O. Therapeutic Board Games P. Solution Kits for Young Children Q. Case Study: Makayla R. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations  

Instructor: Robin Whisnant, MS
Robin Whisnant, MS has her Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling and specializes in working with children, youth, and their families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified Trauma Specialist in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).. For eight years, Robin led a weekly support group for children and teens at a domestic violence shelter. In 2010, she started a child and adolescent program at a non-profit agency. She currently works with over 500 families a year with her therapy dog Meka. Robin is part of a national cohort of therapists who continually work together to gain more expertise and research data in working with families recovering from trauma. She works as a mental health consultant for Headstart programs in eight rural counties of Georgia. Disclosure: Robin Whisnant, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; entry and intermediate level Marriage and Family Therapists; entry and intermediate level Professional Counselors; entry and intermediate level Social Workers; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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