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Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life

By Bethany Casarjian, Ph.D. and Robin Casarjian, M.A.

Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life is a practical accessible and innovative book/curriculum designed to help highly at-risk youth identify their strengths and take control over their lives, while increasing their understanding of the emotions and beliefs driving their high-risk and offending behavior.  It has been distributed to more than 3500 programs across the United States.

Topics include: techniques and strategies for impulse control, anger-management, stress reduction and conflict resolution; high-risk behavior such s substance abuse, criminal activity, and gang involvement; childhood abuse and neglect and the resulting feelings of shame, grief, anger and loss; and the development of a cohesive sense of self with a positive future orientation.

Power Source can be read individually or used in facilitator-led groups.  The material is appropriate for virtually any organization serving the needs of highly at-risk adolescents, including juvenile institutions, detention centers, drug treatment programs, private and public schools, and a variety of community-based programs.

Table of Contents:


You and This Book

  1. Risk-taking: Life on the Edge
  2. So Who Are You Anyway?
  3. Anger: Dealing with It (Even if You Don’t Feel Like It)
  4. Relaxation: Finding Peace When the World Feels Crazy
  5. Families: Where We Come From
  6. Drugs and Alcohol
  7. Lost Childhood
  8. Shame and Disrespect: The Silent Killers
  9. Grief and Loss
  10. Our Friends, Our Choice
  11. Offending Behavior: Taking Responsibility – Taking Control
  12. Self-Forgiveness
  13. Forgiving Others: Get the Monkey Off Your Back
  14. Meditation: It’s Not What You Think
  15. Spirituality
  16. The Future: What’s in it for You

 Praise for Power Source:

“This book is a priceless gift for all young people and the adults who care about them.  It is clear, concise, fully relevant and accessible.  It contains a wealth of practical advice along with meaningful exercises to help youth better face the significant emotional and social challenges of our era.”
Aaron Kipnis, PH.D., author of Angry Young Men: How Parents, Teachers and Counselors Can Help ‘Bad Boys’ Become Good Men.

“Power Source is a book that is a must read.  This book is not just to help those who are in custody, who have every reason to feel hopeless, to feel angry, to feel unwanted; but it can teach us all something about ourselves.  We can learn and share the wisdom, insight, and healing in this wonderful book.  Read it!”
Geoffrey Canada, President/CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone and author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and Reaching Up For Manhood

“Power Source is a straightforward guide to personal empowerment for highly at-risk youth. [It] helps youth to understand the complex reasons for their current situation and how to turn negative experiences into positive ones.  Power Source is filled with practical steps to take responsibility for one’s actions and commence the process of change.  I am sure many juvenile correctional programs will want to implement this curriculum.”
Edward J. Loughran, Executive Director, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators and Former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services

“Filled with the voices and wisdom of countless young people and the thoughtful advice of caring adults, Power Source is a refreshingly honest exploration of some of the toughest situations many teens face and realistic strategies for dealing with them.”
Karen J. Pitman, President and Executive Director, The Forum for Youth Investment

“With more and more kids in deep trouble in America, we need this book more than ever…”
James Garbarino, Ph.D., Cornell University, author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them

“Power Source is an extremely thoughtful and comprehensive handbook that should be very useful in helping to reduce the incidence of both violent and self-destructive behavior by teenagers and young adults.  I highly recommend it…”
James Gilligan, M.D., Harvard Medical School, author of  Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic and Preventing Violence


Details: English & Spanish: Paperback, 260 pages

Price: $15 each (bulk discounts offered on 10+ copies)     Order the book

Also Consider…

Power Source Workbook
Power Source Facilitator’s Manual
Power Source Video Series
Power Source Professional Training

Manual for professional and volunteer working with youth at risk .
Video series to enhance the delivery of the Power Source Program for highly at risk youth
Training for professionals working with highly at risk youth on DVD