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.