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The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis Hardcover – August 16, 2005

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'Every youth worker, whether paid or volunteer, should have this book....A great guidebook on what crisis is....a treasure trove....Having it handy when you get that emergency call gives you the resources you need to be prepared and confident. Definitely a must-have.' -- Youth Worker Journal (Youth Worker Journal )

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When youth work becomes crisis management Anyone who stays in youth ministry very long encounters significant crises. Family break-ups, substance abuse,sexual assault, eating disorders, cutting, suicide, gun violence. Without proper and immediate care, crises like these cause years of emotional pain and spiritual scarring in students. With these authors’ expertise you’ll learn how to: • Respond quickly and effectively to crisis • Balance legal, ethical, and spiritual outcomes • Forge preventive partnerships with parents, schools,and students • Bring healing when the damage is done When crises happen—and they will, ready or not—there are practical steps you can take. Van Pelt and Hancock provide field-tested counsel and specific, biblical advice for each stage of crisis. Keep this book on hand as the goto resource when you need it most. Because when it comes to crisis, it’s not a matter of if, but when.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (August 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310263131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310263135
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Mclain on June 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Outstanding book and an excellent resource for youth workers in any capacity. This should be required reading for any professional youth worker and it will be at the top of my "Recommended Reading" list. As a youth minister and a college student studying many of these issues specifically, I can say with authority that sound advice is given. This is certainly one of the best ministry resources I have read. It is full of practical advice, and the book is on par with Fields' "Your First Two Years In Youth Ministry."

The text is heavy on suggesting referrals; but, considering the seriousness of the crises described, this remains sound advice. Perhaps the most important lesson that can be taken away from the is that "it's not about me." A loving youth worker can tell when they are in over their head. This book not only gives you the means to assess this, but it serves as a guide in developing professional contacts to use in referrals when your abilities have been exhausted.

Another mantra of the book is that "your responsibility is to preserve life, not friendship." In true crisis situations, the most loving thing you can do is take action or be a whistle-blower. Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock equip you to do just that. To my knowledge, this is the best resource available, specifically geared for youth workers, outside LPC or other professional certification.
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If you work with youth you have received the difficult questions about crisis. This book explores a number of the common crises in a youth's life. This is a timely book as it talks about Columbine extensively and the content is helpful for those struggling with Newtown as well.
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Great for times of crisis in a youth ministry. Not exhaustive, but if you need information fast, it's there. Excellently organized, and covering a wide range of topics. It has incredibly helpful sections regarding where to find more information/help.
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If you are a youth minister or youth worker you need this book. Rich Van Pelt is a wonderful speaker and writer. He has done a great job in giving guidance and direction to youth workers on helping their students. All students have hurt and pain in their lives at sometime. This book has given me new insight on how to best approach students and their families.
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This book lays out how to help youth who are struggling with a variety of issues. It is a good book for anyone who works with or cares about youth.
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