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The Youth Relationships Manual
A Group Approach with Adolescents for the Prevention of Woman Abuse and the Promotion of Healthy Relationships


Volume: 1

© 1996 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Help teens who are at risk of experiencing or perpetuating abuse with The Youth Relationships Manual. Designed to build strengths, resilience, and coping, this manual, field-tested with the Youth Relationships Project, presents proactive, competency-building approaches to promoting nonviolent relationships and preventing cycles of violence. Based on the premise that the best window of opportunity for developing healthy relationships is in adolescence, the model guides teens to positive roles in dating, peer interactions, and interpersonal style. David A. Wolfe and his associates detail a carefully developed and tested curriculum for an 18-session group training program that includes three principal sections: informational, skills building, and social action learning opportunities. As a part of the program, teens learn new communication and conflict resolution skills and practice those skills by going out into the community to solve a hypothetical problem situation. Innovative and easy to follow, The Youth Relationships Manual provides mental health professionals, school counselors and administrators, community agency workers and administrators, and students in the helping professions with a vital tool for helping teens at risk develop healthy relationships.
 
PART ONE: HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
 
Philosophy and Goals of the Project
 
A Conceptual Model of Intervention
 
Intended Participants
 
Implementing the Program
 
Co-Facilitator Qualities and Characteristics
 
Safety Awareness concerning Young Women in the Program
 
Male Defensiveness
 
PART TWO: DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUTH RELATIONSHIPS PROJECT
 
Rationale
 
Beginnings
 
Evaluation
 
PART THREE: PROGRAM SESSIONS AND EXERCISES
 
Introduction to the Youth Relationships Project Manual
 
SECTION ONE: VIOLENCE IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS: IT'S ALL ABOUT POWER
 
Session 1: Introduction to Group
Summary  
 
Session 2: Power In Relationships
Explosions and Assertions  
 
Session 3: Defining Relationship Violence
Power Abuses  
 
SECTION TWO: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE: WHAT WE CAN CHOOSE TO DO AND WHAT WE CAN CHOOSE NOT TO DO
 
Session 4: Defining Powerful Relationships
Equality, Empathy and Emotional Expressiveness  
 
Session 5: Defining Power Relationships
Assertiveness Instead of Aggressiveness  
 
Session 6: Date Rape
Being Clear, Being Safe  
 
SECTION THREE: THE CONTEXTS OF RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE
 
Session 7: Date Rape and Learning How to Handle Dating Pressure
 
Session 8: Gender Socialization and Societal Pressure
 
Session 9: Choosing Partners and Sex-Role Stereotypes
 
Session 10: Sexism
 
Session 11: Media and Sexism
 
SECTION FOUR: MAKING A DIFFERENCE: WORKING TOWARD BREAKING THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE
 
Session 12: Confronting Sexism and Violence against Women
 
Session 13: Getting to Know Community Helpers for Relationship Violence
 
Sessions 14 and 15: Getting out and about in the Community
Social Service Agencies  
 
Sessions 16 and 17: Getting out and about in the Community
Social Action to End Relationship Violence  
 
Session 18: End of Group `Celebration'

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ISBN: 9780761901945