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Coming Soon: The Power Source Workbook

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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

     Circles

Mindfulness Activities

     The Supplemental Workbook

     Making the Biggest Impact

Facilitator Presence

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

Coming Soon! The Power Source Workbook

30/11/16 COMMENTS 0

The Power Source Workbook: Lionheart’s Clinical Director of Youth Programs, Beth Casarjian has created a new resource.  The Power Source Workbook will be available soon.  This workbook will give youth a resource whereby they will be able to work through the Power Source program on their own or in groups. This will reduce the need for a trained facilitator who is willing to do the preparation to facilitate a manualized program. In addition to mapping on to the content in the Power Source book, there will be an increased focus on work readiness.  To read more about The Power Source Workbook, please click on the following link:  http://lionheart.org/new-power-source-resource-the-power-source-workbook/

 

Coming soon from Lionheart: The Emotion Coaching Workbook

16/11/16 COMMENTS 0

  Dr. Bethany Casarjian, Lionheart’s Clinical Director of Youth Programs, introduces a forthcoming resource from the Lionheart Foundation  The Emotion Coaching  Workbook (EQ2) at the Healthy Teen Network Annual Conference in Las Vegas. (11/16/16) The Emotion Coaching Workbook is being written  for front-line staff who work with at risk young people. EQ2 uses a trauma-informed approach to help direct care staff best meet the social and  emotional needs of the youth they serve.

To read more about Lionheart’s Youth Project  http://lionheart.org/youth_at_risk/

PRISONER RESOURCE LIST

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The Lionheart Foundation has composed a list of resources (mostly free) for prisoners nationwide.  The list includes free books and newsletters, pen pals and meditation resources.   To access the list please click on the link below:

http://lionheart.org/free-prisoner-resource-list/

Please share with your friends and family who are incarcerated.

We hope you find this helpful.  Thank you.

Lionheart Staff

Exciting News for the Lionheart Foundation!!

04/11/16 COMMENTS 0

 

 

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR LIONHEART!! This week a donor stepped forward with the pledge of a $40,000 MATCHING GIFT – IF Lionheart can match this amount by February 1, 2017. If matched, this $80,000 will support Lionheart’s expansion into public schools, programs for high-risk youth, and prisoners across the country. For 25 years Lionheart has made a life-changing difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people on the fringe of society. Please help Lionheart provide life-altering resources to thousands more individuals. To learn more about Lionheart please go to:  www.lionheart.org  To donate please go to: www.lionheart.org/donation/

THANK YOU for responding to this important and urgent request . Any amount is greatly appreciated. PLEASE PASS THIS APPEAL ON TO YOUR FRIENDS. Thanks again!!!

Lionheart’s Houses of Healing, Power Source, and Power Source Parenting Programs are changing lives and building futures.

JP

Social Emotional Learning

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THE LIONHEART FOUNDATION OFFERS SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LITERACY (SEL) PROGRAMS TO ADULTS AND AT RISK YOUTH.
What is Emotional Regulation? Emotional regulation refers to the processes, both automatic and controlled, that we use to manage our emotions. For many adolescents who emotional development and self-regulatory capacities have been negatively impacted by trauma, explicit and differentiated instruction in thee SEL skills are critical to their ability to stay in school, hold jobs and, for some, avoid the criminal justice system. Early adversity arising from maltreatment, exposure to violence, and profound neglect undermines the acquisition of these SEL skills through neurobiological mechanisms and social learning channels. As a result, trauma-impacted youth often experience imbalances in their physiological responses to stress, exaggerated reactions to negative emotional cues, and possess fewer internal resources for self-soothing. Lionheart’s Social Emotional Literacy program for prisoners and at risk youth, Houses of Healing and Power Source, address these issues and help youth and adults learn strategies to carve out a new way of life — helping them break cycles of negative high-risk behavior; heal shame, anger and grief; and emerge with a new sense of self and a positive future orientation.

Prisoner led Houses of Healing Programs

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Research on prisoner-led programs:  There are 49,000 prisoners serving a sentence of “life without parole” in this country. There are emotionally mature lifers and long-termers in any institution who would make outstanding Houses of Healing facilitators. Recently we received 30 evaluations from a prisoner who facilitated a HOH program in a Michigan state prison. The evaluations were exceptional.  We want to get data on these prisoner-led programs in order to “legitimize” and promote them. Some states do not allow prisoners to facilitate programs and others don’t promote it even though it is allowed. Not allowing mature long-term inmates to facilitate programs is an enormous waste of a very valuable resource.  Prisoner-led programs are a way to make HOH available to thousands more prisoners at little or no cost to prisons or the public. And, it gives great meaning and purpose to the incarcerated men and women who facilitate these programs. Toward this end, in 2015, Robin Casarjian visited a number of California prisons where prisoners facilitate the HOH program to explore options for this research.   Additionally, Lionheart will initiate a study on and seek funding for prisoner-led Houses of Healing programs

The Power Source Workbook New Resource coming this Fall

14/09/16 COMMENTS 0

New Resource: Coming later this fall.  The Power Source Workbook, based on the book,Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life, offers a theoretically-driven, high-impact, ready-to-use resource that requires no explicit training, preparation, or planning, is evidence-informed, accepted by youth and adapted specifically to the needs of at-risk youth.  If you would like to be notified of the release of The Power Source Workbook, please

Power Source  (PS)  power source workbook.

Lionheart has developed a Power Source “classroom-based social-emotional learning curriculum” for Berkshire Farms, a residential treatment center and school for at-risk adolescents in Canaan, NY. The program originally created is geared to clinicians while the new curriculum has been geared to the classroom teacher. Beth Casarjian, Clinical Director of Lionheart’s youth projects, is in the final stages of  copy design. Lionheart then hopes to raise the funds to work with school-based curriculum specialists to bring this pilot curriculum to another level, one that can be utilized in schools nationally.

At the recent 11th Annual International Mindfulness Conference sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, results from the Power Source NIH study conducted at Riker’s Island were presented by Dr. Amishi Jha from the University of Miami, a leading researcher in the field of mindfulness and cognitive neuroscience. Her presentation, entitled, “Does Mindfulness Training Help Build Resilience?” featured the data from the Power Source research which demonstrated that participants in the Power Source groups experienced significantly less degradation in attention over time than those in the control group. Her thesis was that in stressful environments such as involuntary confinement (youth prison) and military deployment, mindfulness meditation serves as a protective factor against the cognitive impairments caused by stress.

 

New Power Source Resource: Fall 2016

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THE POWER SOURCE WORKBOOK, by Dr. Bethany Casarjian

In 2003, the Lionheart Foundation published the book Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life (PS) to help youth impacted by trauma harness their inner-strength, resilience, and dignity. Power Source was originally designed to be delivered as a 13-session facilitator-led program with the primary target population being youth involved in the juvenile justice system. After leading the program toward evidenced-based status through a large NIH grant conducted at Riker’s Island in conjunction with our research partners at NYU’s School of Nursing, we realized that despite results demonstrating the effectiveness of the program in buffering youth against attentional-decrements, many professionals in the field were not utilizing the program as it was designed. Mental health professionals serving this population are often stretched thin between case management and serving as mental health triage. They often lack the time and resources to utilize a manual-based intervention with fidelity. Further, communications with agencies using the program revealed that there was a much larger youth audience to be reached beyond those involved in the juvenile justice system, including thousands of students engaging in a range of health-risk behaviors. After running focus groups in several different agencies and querying individuals using the PS program, we came to understand that professionals needed a theoretically-driven, high-impact, ready-to-use resource that required no explicit training, preparation, or planning but was also accepted by youth. They also needed a program that could be adapted to the unique needs of the population they were serving. Further, such a resource needed to stem the “knowledge-vacuum” that often occurs in agencies with high staff-turnover where staff are trained in a program and then leave, taking that expertise with them. The Power Source Workbook addresses all of these issues, providing an easy-to-use, highly accepted, and flexible resource. Pilot testing over the past year in school and residential settings and used by clinicians with diverse training backgrounds suggests that the Power Source workbook equips professionals with an evidence-informed and youth-accepted resource.

Contact: judith@lionheart.org if you would like to be notified of the release of the Power Source Workbook.

Lionheart Foundation Social Emotional Learning Programs SEL

08/02/16 COMMENTS 0

The Lionheart Foundation offers social emotional learning programs for at risk youth and prisoners.

The Lionheart Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing social emotional learning programs SEL to incarcerated adults, highly at-risk youth and teen parents nationwide in order to significantly alter their life course.

Lionheart provides:
◾exceptional quality rehabilitative resources to be used directly by prisoners and at-risk adolescents;
◾resources and training for professionals who work with these populations in a prevention, rehabilitation and re-entry capacity; and
◾direct social emotional learning (SEL) programs for adults in prison; at-risk youth in juvenile institutions and public and private programs and schools; and at-risk teen parents in shelters, hospitals, social service agencies, schools and other community programs.

Lionheart also conducts public education on the need for transforming our nation’s prisons and juvenile institutions into places where nurturing emotional (re)habilitation, inspiring positive values, and imparting behavior patterns necessary for healthy functioning in our communities are primary goals.

www.lionheart.org

JP

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