ERIC Number: EJ1024089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Problems as Opportunity: Meeting Growth Needs
Brokenleg, Martin; Long, Nicholas J.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v22 n1 p36-37 Spr 2013
Children have innate brain programs for building personal strengths and social bonds, but conflict and trauma can jeopardize their growth potentials. Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) provides specific tools to turn problems into potentials. Life Space Crisis Intervention provides advanced therapeutic strategies for building strengths in troubled or traumatized children and youth. Problems are not dealt with as infractions requiring punishment but as opportunities for learning and growth. The blueprints for effective child care, education, and treatment are the same: nurturing the growth needs of children. LSCI provides specific interventions for positive support with children and youth who show patterns of troubled and self-defeating behavior. Brokenleg and Martin highlight reclaiming strategies for six patterns of problems: (1) Limited social skills; (2) Imported problems; (3) Errors in perception; (4) Impulsivity and guilt; (5) Delinquent pride; and (6) Vulnerability to peer influence. These six LSCI strategies are designed to help troubled and traumatized young people develop strengths and flourish. The journey toward positive growth begins by creating bonds that meet the need for belonging. These connections prepare a youngster to develop mastery by learning from trusted adults and positive peers. In turn, competence in academic and life skills builds a growing capacity for independence. Young people only develop a sense of their own worth as they give to others in a spirit of generosity. If self-absorbed young people are to contribute to the world, they first must experience kindness themselves--even when their behavior suggests they do not deserve this treatment. Kindness is the most powerful therapeutic tool in the arsenal for transforming youth with problems into youth of promise.
Descriptors: Children, Child Development, At Risk Persons, Crisis Intervention, Interpersonal Competence, Cognitive Processes, Behavior Problems, Psychological Patterns, Delinquency, Competence, Coping
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