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A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working With High-Risk Adolescents is an accessible introduction to a new model of therapy that combines the Buddhist concept of mindfulness with modern trends in psychotherapy. Drawing on years of experience working with at-risk adolescents, the chapters explore ways to develop authentic connections with patients: building relationships, working with resistance, and ways to approach change using mindfulness-based techniques. Real-life interactions and illustrations are used to show how a mindfulness-oriented therapist can approach working with adolescents in individual and group settings, and the book also provides practical suggestions designed for immediate implementation. A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working With High-Risk Adolescents is a must for any mental health professional interested in using mindfulness and other contemplative practices with at-risk youth.
"Sam Himelstein walks his talk. Within the pages of this book you will find an important clinical guide to a transformational approach to working with high-risk adolescents. Highly recommend."
—Elisha Goldstein, PhD, author of The Now Effect and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook
"Highly illuminating and informative, A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents is filled with lively clinical vignettes that give you an exciting, in-the-trenches view of how to work skillfully with this challenging population. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to work with high-risk adolescents. Himelstein knows this work from the inside out!"
—Will Kabat-Zinn, MFTI, Dharma teacher
"Sam Himelstein has done an amazing job of producing the next generation of texts on bringing mindfulness into clinical work. Through a masterful blending of mindfulness, humanistic psychology and hard-won wisdom drawn from his extensive work with high-risk teens, he has produced a book that is both practical and philosophical. Simply wonderful!"
—Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, director, University of California-San Diego Center for Mindfulness
"Sam Himelstein incorporates the rigor of science, the beauty of art, the wisdom of reflection, and years of clinical experience in this pioneering book. A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents has the power to transform lives."
—Shauna L. Shapiro, PhD, associate professor, Santa Clara University and co-author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness
Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Context 1. A Mindfulness Model of Therapy 2. Building an Authentic Relationship 3. Working With Resistance 4. The Paradox of Change Part II: Content 5. Worldview and Spirituality 6. Core Themes Part III: Skills 7. Group Facilitation 8. Eliciting the Actual 9. Teaching Mindfulness to High-Risk Adolescents Conclusion Appendix A. Mindfulness and Meditation Exercises Appendix B. Training Resources for Mental Health Professionals References