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Being Assertive
by Michael and Terri Quinn


I have only seen this handbook which is part of complete resource kit which includes a video and facilitators handbook to enable the 6-8 week course to be run for parents of teenagers called "parenting teenagers programmes".

I would have liked to be able to review the whole package as her feel that it would have been of great benefit to add as a whole resource.

However handbook does give a good insight into the basis of their course. It is divided into chapters - each to address one of the major issues addressed in the parenting programme.

Looking at ways to deal with difficult/awkward situations more effectively.

Learn how to say no rather than yes to everything asked of you without sounding rude and learning to stick to it. Also learn how to stand up to yourself and generally learn to feel better about yourself as a whole person both at work and at home.

This booklet on it's own would be helpful to all individual parents for young adults to help encourage self-esteem than sense of identity.

Handbook shows that the programme is designed to stimulate discussion among all parents who attend who will be varied and from all walks of life. Ideas and strategies, which have worked for some parent in the past, may be helpful to others in the group.

I think this would be a really useful program - at least if the handbook is anything to go by, for use by support groups or other organisations working with young people.

The handbook itself is a great resource for individuals and organisations on it's own.

Sarah-Jayne Bass (formerly Caroline Hensby) - adders.org


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