Anyone working in the caring professions and education who wishes to understand the causes of difficult, disturbing and dangerous behaviour in young people and to find out how to change it, will find this book useful.
It shows how distress and disturbance is created in young people, causing their behaviour to become difficult and problematic not only to adults but also to themselves and to wider society. Using the latest evidence-based theories, the reader will learn how to detect and diagnose problems and work out strategies for helping young people in distress.
Bob Harris is a qualified psychotherapist, youth and community worker and teacher. He was a Principal Psychotherapist in the NHS for many years and currently works as a Clinical Consultant to the Priory Group, the Drug and Alcohol Foundation, and at a large GPs surgery. For several years he headed a project working with disaffected, often homeless young people on the streets in North London and has also been Consultant Psychotherapist at a Therapeutic Community for highly disturbed adolescents. He was Director of Programmes at the Institute of Group Analysis, London. He teaches on training courses for psychotherapists and supervises therapists in NHS units specializing in personality disorder and also at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.
PART ONE: SETTING THE SCENE Young People in Their Social, Relational and Cultural Context Growing Up: A Good Enough Childhood Young People Who are Disturbed, Distressed and Difficult PART TWO: PRACTICAL HELP When Things Go Wrong, How Can We Help? What's in a Group? Working With Distressed and Disturbed Young People in Groups Getting Started and Keeping on Going Summary and Concluding Remarks