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.

Building Resilience to Prevent Mental Health Problems in Young People: The Resourceful Adolescent Programme (RAP)

Building Resilience to Prevent Mental Health Problems in Young People: The Resourceful Adolescent Programme (RAP)

Building resilience to prevent mental health problems in young people: The resourceful adolescent programme (RAP)
IanShochet, RebeccaHoge and AstridWurfl


This chapter describes an evidence-based programme called the Resourceful Adolescent Programme (RAP), which has been successful in building resilience in young people to prevent depressive symptoms developing. The programme adopts a strengths-focused approach. It aims to build a range of coping resources that foster teenagers' abilities to maintain a positive sense of self and regulate emotions in the face of the vicissitudes of everyday struggles and difficult life events. This group-based programme can be implemented routinely in schools or by counselling professionals as an early intervention or prevention programme.

While there is no universal ...

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