Promoting Youth as Problem Solvers.
University of Denver. Graduate School of Social Work. University of Denver. Institute for Families.
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Published: September 2003
Publication Information: Denver, CO : Graduate School of Social Work, Institute for Families at the University of Denver.
Available from: Butler Institute for Families
University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work 2148 S. High Street
Denver, CO 80208
Sponsoring Organization: Children's Bureau
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This federally funded training package contains a one-day training curriculum designed to enable practitioners to better support youth (ages 17-21) transitioning out of foster care into transitional living situations with coping with mental health and substance abuse issues. It explores perspectives held by both youth and adults with regard to mental health and substance use, misuse, and abuse, and examines how principles of youth development can be used in helping youth make decisions, use resources, and take action to promote their own health and mental health. Group activities are provided, along with participant handouts. The handouts provide information on the symptoms and etiology of common mental health problems in youth, diagnoses of substance problems, drug classification, drugs used in treatment of mental disorders, signs of adolescent substance abuse, and youth developmental characteristics that affect how youth use help. Youth profiles describe the characteristics and perspectives of youth facing mental health or substance abuse challenges. A curriculum assessment is included to help the trainers learn how well the curriculum is working in helping participants gain knowledge covered in the training. A workshop evaluation form is also attached.
mental health; substance abuse; coping skills; youth services; youth agencies; adolescents; professional training; staff development; workforce