The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis
"There's a kid in your youth ministry who hasn't somehow been affected by crisis. There's not a youth worker on the planer who won't benefit from the principles and practices in this book."-Kara Powell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Youth...
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"There's a kid in your youth ministry who hasn't somehow been affected by crisis. There's not a youth worker on the planer who won't benefit from the principles and practices in this book."-Kara Powell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Youth and Family Ministry at Fuller SeminaryBecause when it comes to crisis, it's not a matter of if, but whenAnyone who stays in youth ministry very long will encounter significant crises. Family break-ups, substance abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, cutting, suicide, gun violence... But without proper and immediate care, crises like these cause years of emotional pain and spiritual scarring in students.Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock want to help you prevent that from happening. Through their experience and 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 doneWhen crises
The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis Copyright 2005 by Youth Specialties Youth Specialties Products, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49530. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Van Pelt, Rich. The youth worker's guide to helping teenagers in crisis / by Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-310-26313-1 1. Church work with young adults. 2. Church work with youth. 3. Pastoral counseling. 4. Crisis intervention (Mental health services) I. Hancock, Jim, 1952- II. Title. BV4446.V365 2005 259'.23--dc22 2005011502 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition), copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-(except for brief quotations in printed reviews) without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Editorial direction by Will Penner Art direction by Holly Sharp Editing by Laura Gross Proofreading by Joanne Heim and Heather Haggerty Interior design by SharpSeven Design Cover design by Holly Sharp Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 / DCI / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Rich Van Pelt: You probably don't live anywhere near Columbine; you may not even know where Columbine is-which is fine. It's in Littleton, Colorado-not exactly the center of the universe, or anything else for that matter-more the southwestern edge of the Denver metro area. But on April 20, 1999-and for about a month after-Columbine seemed like the center of the universe, judging by news coverage. On that day two students came to school armed to the teeth and started shooting people. They killed 12 students, one teacher, and themselves in a bloody rampage. Until the felling of the World Trade Center towers in September 2001 there was, I suspect, never a more photographed crime scene. Like the terror on 9/11, the Columbine coverage was all from the outside-a crisis covered from every angle except the one where people were caught struggling between life and death. Jim Hancock: Ask a dozen youth workers about life beyond Columbine and you'll hear about tipping points, wake-up calls, and rumors of revival; about law enforcement cover-ups, gun control, and Michael Moore; about increased school security and purely cosmetic changes; about freaks, geeks, jocks, and bullies; about a terror notable mainly for its demographics (meaning the shooters and victims were mainly suburban and relatively affluent). Ask a youth worker on the south side of Chicago who met with his group on the evening of the massacre. He'd tell you the adult leaders in his church followed the news from Littleton throughout the afternoon and arrived early to pray and prepare to deal with the trauma once students started showing up. What was truly shocking, he'd say, was how little emotion there was of any sort-not anger, not fear, not even compassion. Kids were fooling around like it was just another Tuesday. He could hardly believe it. What emerged from the group as leaders tried to engage the students in talking about the shootings surprised him even more: What's the big deal? his stu
Jim Hancock invested two decades as a church-based youth worker. Now he spends his days in Leucadia, California, writing and creating digital movies and learning designs for youth workers, parents, and adolescents. He's the author of Raising Adults, Ten Things We Should Never Say to Kids, The Justice Mission, as well as many other resources, and co-author of The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teens in Crisis, The Parents Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis and Posers, Fakers & Wannabes.
Rich Van Pelt trains thousands of educators, counselors and youth workers each year in adolescent crisis intervention and teen suicide prevention and response. His expertise springs from more than three decades of youth and family work, including ten years with incarcerated youth in the Colorado Department of Corrections. He is president of Alongside Consulting, a Denver-based leadership development organization, and is national director of ministry relationships for Compassion International. Often called on to offer counsel and direction after major teen incidents, like the Columbine shooting
- Table Of Contents Life Beyond Columbine Understanding Crisis Dangerous Opportunity Intervention Triage Making Connections Deep Listening Action Plan The Bigger Picture Referral Legal And Ethical Considerations Preventive Partnerships Youth Groups Parents Schools Law Enforcement When & If: Specifi C Crises Accidents Anger Bullying Cheating Cutting And Self-injurious Behavior Death Divorce Dropping Out Eating Disorders Hazing Incest Interventions Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Pregnancy Rape Sexual Abuse Sexual Identity Confusion Sexually Transmitted Diseases Substance Abuse And Addiction Suicide Terror Trouble With The Law Appendixes Plan Of Action Outline Child Abuse Reporting Numbers Emotional Map First Aid For An Overdose State Sex Offenders Registries Where In The World Are You? Glossary Of Child Protective Services Terms Intake Interview Form Endnotes