Helping Teens Stop Violence: A Practical Guide for Educators, Counselors, and Parents

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Hunter House, 1992 - Family & Relationships - 152 pages
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This guide provides information and teaching strategies for adults to support young people who want to make choices and resolve conflicts using alternatives to violence. Although the material is primarily designed for teachers and counselors, the guide is designed to help assist all adults, especially parents. The premise of the book is that individual acts of violence are actually expressions of much broader patterns of social violence and that social violence is an expression of long-standing power imbalances between "have" and "have not" groups in society. To prevent violence or to intervene in it effectively, the guide asserts, people must turn their attention to rectifying the imbalances that motivate the violence. The guide is divided into six sections: (1) general issues for adults to consider in work with youth; (2) theory about age, gender, and race-related power imbalances which cause violence; (3) techniques for liberatory teaching; (4) a curriculum for teaching young people about violence and violence prevention; (5) suggestions for training other adults in workshops on violence; and (6) strategies and techniques for setting up and conducting long-term support for young people dealing with abuse. Each section includes exercises and role playing activities for work with youth across lines of age, gender, and race. (LH)

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Creighton is co-founder of the Oakland Men's Project.

Paul Kivel is a trainer, activist, writer and a cofounder of the Oakland Men's Project. He has personally developed and conducted hundreds of workshops, training thousands of teens and adults on such topics as male/female relationships, alternatives to violence, racism, family violence and sexual assault, parenting, and diversity issues. He has worked with public schools, private schools, and universities, government agencies, youth recreation and leadership programs, juvenile corrections, jails and prisons, and with community based organizations. His essays have been published in books and magazines, and he has appeared on local and national television. Paul Kivel is the author of several books including Men's Work: How to Stop the Violence that Tears Our Lives Apart, and Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, which received the Gustavus Myers award for Human Rights in 1996. He is also co-author of several widely used curricula including Making the Peace, Young Men's Works, Helping Teens Stop Violence, and Young Women's Lives. His most recent book is Boys Will Be Men: Raising Our Sons for Courage, Caring, and Community. Paul Kivel lives in Oakland, CA, with his partner and their daughter and two sons.

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