Innovative Skills to Support Well-Being and Resiliency in Youth
Nicole Nicotera and Julie Anne Laser-Maira
Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2017
151 pages (paperback), $34.95, ISBN 978-0-19-065710-9
In Innovative Skills to Support Well-Being and Resiliency in Youth, authors Nicole Nicotera and Julie Ann Laser-Maira address two major concepts: well-being, which is defined as supporting positive healthy development, and resilience, supporting growth after a negative event. The book communicates a belief that all youth are capable of both. The authors advocate practice interventions that engage and empower youth to increase their personal well-being and to promote resiliency in the healing process. They purport that many traditional therapeutic interventions implemented with adults are often used in work with youth; however, these interventions tend to be unappealing to youth and yield uneven results. Nicotera and Laser-Maira aim to remedy this concern by discussing innovative strategies, techniques, and interventions that are evidence based and can capture and hold the interest of youth, as well as counter the many therapeutic interventions that start from a deficit perspective. The focus of the book and related interventions is strengths based and intended to promote well-being and resilience.
Each chapter begins by giving the reader an overview of the recommended intervention, the supporting evidence, and ideas for assessment to ensure that the technique is appropriate for a given youth. The subsequent sections of each chapter provide clear examples of the intervention approaches to provide practitioners with the knowledge needed for implementation.
Nicotera and Laser-Maira chose the interventions in this book to coincide with "the 6 C's of positive youth development" (p. 8): connection, character, confidence, competence, caring, and contribution. Each activity chapter focuses on one of the C's.
Chapter 2, "Healthy Sexuality," supports the development of connection as youth learn about and develop reciprocal intimate relationships. In chapter 3, "Innovative Cognitive Behavior Therapies," the authors support the development of character by providing activities to help youth learn to be accountable to themselves, to demonstrate self-control and self-awareness, and...