The Power Source Workbook
A Trauma-Informed, Social and Emotional Learning Program for Adolescents
Increasingly, research is confirming what most of us know intuitively — that it is our social and emotional competence such as understanding and managing our emotions, developing and sustaining healthy relationships, and creating and following through on goals that largely predicts the quality of our lives. Helping youth develop the social and emotional skills covered in this workbook is a major contributor in launching them toward trajectories of success and well-being. These skills not only impact adolescents physical and mental health, but their educational outcomes and work-place readiness as well. The good news is that these skills are not capacities you are either endowed with or you’re not; they are entirely learnable. And that’s where the Power Source Workbook comes in.
The Power Source Workbook can be used by youth in:
- High schools serving trauma-impacted youth engaging in health-risk behaviors;
- Secure and non-secure detention centers;
- Diversion and alternative to incarceration programs;
- Residential treatment centers and facilities;
- After school and community-based programs.
The Power Source Workbook is designed to be used:
- in group settings;
- one-to-one (with a staff/facilitator and a youth);
- by youth working individually.
The Power Source book and workbook build youths’ capacity to:
- Develop a cohesive and healthy sense of self and future orientation in the wake of trauma;
- Recognize the emotional, social, and situational factors that lead to risk-taking and develop health-promoting behaviors in their place;
- Increase interpersonal skills including managing conflict, repairing relationships, taking responsibility for one’s actions, self-advocacy, and seeking help;
- Acquire the Social and Emotional skills associated with workplace readiness success;
- Select positive peers and acquire the skills to maintain those relationships;
- Identify individual and situational factors leading to substance use and learn alternative coping strategies;
- Build skills to tolerate and manage distressing emotions such as anger, disrespect, shame, and fear.
A typical group-based session of Power Source Workbook includes:
- reading a selection from the Power Source Workbook;
- a mindfulness activity;
- completing the content of the worksheet/s;
- and sharing their answers in a Circle.
Table of Contents
Who Is the Power Source Workbook for?
Using the Power Source Program
The Parts of the Power Source Workbook
The Supplemental Workbook
Making the Biggest Impact
The Importance of Praise
Looking at Ourselves with Compassion
- Using mindfulness skills ourselves
- Looking at the connection between our own stress, triggers, and trauma history
- Secondary Trauma