This book responds to the urgent need for practical intervention approaches targeting young people at risk. It provides a much needed practical resource for practitioners and students from a variety of helping professions.

Focusing on interventions that practitioners can use in collaboration with the young person, the book offers hands-on strategies for enhancing resilience and addressing challenges and issues typically faced by young people. Topics covered include:

  • Depression, suicide, and self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Marginalized Youth
  • Mental Health Issue
  • Peer Mentoring and Building on Strengths
  • Cults and Gangs
  • Bullying
  • Firelighting

Throughout the book, multi-disciplinary and international authors share their expertise, highlighting relevant evidence-based interventions and considering themes such as anti-oppressive practice, culture, values and ethics.

This book is ideal for students and practitioners working with young people, especially in the fields of youth work, social work, psychology, counseling, and education.

Responding to Cult Group Membership

Responding to Cult Group Membership

Responding to cult group membership
LeeRichmond and CaroleRayburn


Law enforcement agencies and mental health professionals are concerned about the increasing numbers of young people who are attracted to cults. By one measure it is estimated that between 3000 and 5000 cults exist in the USA (Singer with Lalich, 1995) and, though no one knows the exact number of cults that exist in the world, approximately 5000 is the number currently assumed (Wikipedia, 2008).

There is abundant literature describing the seduction methods that cults use to recruit young people and the psychological methods used to retain them (Hassan, 1990; Singer with Lalich, 1995; Stoner and Park, 1977). Though this chapter touches on both of these topics, its primary objective is to delineate proactive interventions ...

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