Working with Children and Adolescents in Residential Care: A Strengths-Based Approach is written for professionals who work with children and youth in out of home placements, be they social services workers, child welfare or family court workers, educators, or mental health professionals in general. The book offers an approach that professionals can use to positively impact the lives of young people in residential facilities. The book emphasizes the strengths and abilities of young people from the assessment phase of treatment through discharge, and helps readers to take into account the views and actions of youth in order to provide clients appropriate services. This new volume includes sections on principles of effective youth care work, personal philosophy, positive youth development, teamwork, staffings, and crisis management.
"Bob Bertolino has the brain of an academic and the soul of a caregiver. This remarkable book should be required reading for anyone working on the front lines of out-of-home placement. What magicians do with props, Bob does with words. He teaches us readers to use them in exceptionally creative ways that enable our most vulnerable children to recognize, build upon, and develop strengths for long term happiness. I wish I had read this book when I first started working in residential care. After reading this transformative book, I am left with one pressing, solution focused question: "Bob, why aren't you writing more books?"" -- Charlie Appelstein, MSW, Author of No Such Things As a Bad Kid and The Gus Chronicles
Preface 1. A Day in the Life: The Many Faces of Residential Youth Care Workers 2. Something to Believe In: Orienting Toward Possibilities 3. Making Contact: Creating a Respectful Climate 4. We're in this Together: Teaming Up for Change 5. There's More Than One Way: Strategies for Change 6. In the Moment: Strategies for Crisis Prevention 7. The Circle of Lives: Future Roads of Possibility References Index