2nd Edition

Working with Adolescents
A Guide for Practitioners

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ISBN 9781462546152
June 11, 2021 Forthcoming by Guilford Press
362 Pages

USD $45.00

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Book Description

Noted for its multisystemic–ecological perspective, this accessible text and practitioner resource has now been revised and expanded with 60% new material. The book provides a comprehensive view of adolescent development and explores effective ways to support teens who are having difficulties. The authors examine protective and risk factors in the many contexts of adolescents' lives, from individual attributes to family, school, neighborhood, and media influences. Assessment and intervention strategies are illustrated with diverse case examples, and emphasize a social justice orientation. Useful pedagogical features include end-of-chapter reflection questions and concise chapter summaries.
New to This Edition
*Incorporates current research on brain development, resilience, gender diversity, mental health care, and more.
*Chapters on new topics: the adolescent brain, trauma, and suicide and self-injury.
*Fully rewritten chapters on substance use, queer youth, justice-involved youth, and the joys of working with adolescents.
*Reflects the unique contexts and challenges facing Generation Z.



Julie Anne Laser, PhD, MSW, LCSW, is Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. She is Cofounder and Executive Director of Colorado Clinical Therapy. Dr. Laser has clinical expertise in experiential therapy, working with military families, posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma-focused therapy, parenting issues, child and adolescent healthy development, couple therapy, adolescent substance abuse, working with human trafficking victims/survivors, well-being and resilience throughout the life cycle, and school social work. She has worked as a clinician in the United States, Mexico, Peru, Italy, and Bolivia. Nicole Nicotera, PhD, LICSW, is Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Dr. Nicotera has a passion for teaching mindfulness and meditation techniques to support stress reduction and well-being among helping professionals. Her research interests include examining innovative ways to promote health across the lifespan and mindfulness practices as a pathway to well-being. She has also conducted research on youth development and issues of unearned privilege and oppression in social work practice, education, and research. As a clinical social worker, Dr. Nicotera worked with children, youth, and families in a community mental health center, and also has extensive school social work experience.


Offering a contemporary look at working with teens, this book highlights the dynamic interplay between individual and social milieus. The authors provide concepts that can help clinicians empower teenagers who are growing up in a time of extreme anxiety and uncertainty. Written from a strengths-based perspective, the book includes vivid practice illustrations and thoughtful questions for the reflective practitioner, which will help readers to better integrate the rich content. Expanding on the popular first edition, this book will serve as an inspiring introduction for newcomers to the field and a reliable resource for more experienced practitioners.--Andrew Malekoff, MSW, LCSW, CASAC, Executive Director and CEO, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, Roslyn Heights, New York-