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Taking Charge of Your Life: Handbook for the Young Adult Assertiveness Programme
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 basic rights of young people and at ways in which they can learn to be assertive without appearing just obstructive. This looks at learning how to say no on how to deal effectively with criticism and abuse.

As the programme progresses through a weekly series format topic discussed include how to deal with times when the young person is angry or annoyed how to learn from encouragement and had to accept complements. Listening skills and problem solving issues are also covered.

Each section has exercises to reinforce, enhance and practise things, which have been discussed and learnt.

On its own this handbook is really useful for anyone who wishes to help young people take charge of their own lives. With the complete resource pack I would think it was an ideal package for all those working with young people.

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 programme - 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 or organisations on it's own.

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


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