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Positive Life Changes

Author: Nancy G. Guerra, Ed.D.

This research-based, program can be used in schools, alternative schools, and other settings. It is designed to teach social and emotional skills that increase the chance of healthy adjustment and decrease the chance of problem behaviors such as violence, substance use, and high-risk sexual behavior. Participants are empowered to recognize their strengths, identify challenges, overcome obstacles, and make life choices that have positive outcomes. Lessons cover topics such as sense of self, impulse control, anger, stress, friendships, relationships, peer pressure, empathy, goal setting, decision making and evaluating consequences. The complete program includes a comprehensive leader’s guide and a series of three workbooks.


plcThe primary focus of this workbook is on helping participants increase self-awareness, learn more about how their brain works, identify what they are good at and what they can get better at, think about their goals, and learn to manage their emotions and behavior.






plcThe main focus of this workbook is on helping individuals understand other people’s points of view and consider how their actions affect others, how other people influence their actions, the importance of friends and healthy relationships, and how they can build a network of positive social support.





plcThe emphasis of this workbook is on helping participants learn a step-by-step method for making decisions and life choices that builds on their awareness of the present moment, highlights their strengths, is consistent with their goals, helps them solve problems, and has positive consequences.





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Treating The Juvenile Offender

Editors: Robert D. Book CoverHoge, Ph.D., Nancy G. Guerra, Ed.D., and Paul Boxer, Ph.D.

The book begins by examining patterns in youth crime, introducing contemporary models of offending, and discussing the role of assessment in planning treatments that work. Contributors then delve into the nuts and bolts of program design and implementation, offering best-practice recommendations for diverse settings. Described are proven approaches for building the behavioral, social, and emotional competencies of at-risk adolescents; strengthening their family and community resources; and targeting other risk factors for offending and recidivism. Ways to understand and meet the needs of special populations are explored, with chapters on violent offenders; gang members; sexual offenders; youth with mental health, substance abuse, educational, and learning problems; and female offenders. Several chapters include step-by-step guidelines for assessment and treatment. Salient policy issues and strategies for overcoming barriers to effective programming are also reviewed.

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GIS and Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences

Authors: Robert Book CoverNash Parker, Ph.D. and Emily K. Asencio, Ph.D.

This is the first book to provide sociologists, criminologists, political scientists, and other social scientists with the methodological logic and techniques for doing spatial analysis in their chosen fields of inquiry. The book contains a wealth of examples as to why these techniques are worth doing, over and above conventional statistical techniques using SPSS or other statistical packages. GIS is a methodological and conceptual approach that allows for the linking together of spatial data, or data that is based on a physical space, with non-spatial data, which can be thought of as any data that contains no direct reference to physical locations. 



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Preventing Youth Violence in a Multicultural Society

Editors: Nancy G. Book CoverGuerra, Ed.D. and Emilie Phillips Smith, Ph.D. 

The authors focus on the interaction between environmental conditions and the individual risk factors that foster youth violence. They begin by examining risk factors common to all groups of youth, such as feeling alienated from mainstream culture and searching for self-identity, and then focus on risk, resilience, and distinguishing factors among particular racial and ethnic groups, including Latino, African American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, and White youth. The authors recommend interventions tailored to each group as well as advice on how to incorporate cultural competence into more general youth violence prevention programs. The social-ecological approach taken in this volume emphasizes the learned nature of aggression and violence, and many of the recommended interventions involve changing the context in which violence is taught, therefore truly encouraging long-term violence prevention. This practical, empirically supported book serves as an important resource to all mental health practitioners working in the field of youth violence.

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Connecting The Dots To Prevent Youth Violence

Author: Lyndee Knox, Ph.D.

This Guide, was developed to help translate recommendations made by the Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence in their 2000 report, Youth and Violence: Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health: Connecting the Dots to Prevent Violence, into healthcare practice. The Guide is structured as a speaker’s kit and includes prepared speeches, case studies, issue briefs, and copies of screening tools and patient education materials from a variety of sources appropriate for use in the clinical setting. Results of a preliminary evaluation of the Guide indicate that the training can be effective in increasing providers’ awareness about the problem of youth violence and encouraging them to incorporate into healthcare visits violence prevention activities such as screening youth for exposure to violence and educating patients and caregivers on strategies for reducing the risk for violence.

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Youth Violence Prevention Through Asset-Based Community Development

Author: Pedro RBook Cover. Payne, Ph.D.

This book is a comprehensive study of the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a local youth violence prevention project in Riverside, California. We know local governments are accountable for the effective management of tax funds. As such, the proper planning and implementation of long-term youth violence prevention efforts takes on added significance. This project represents the first effort on the part of the City of Riverside, California to implement a preventive model based on social disorganization theory. The basic premise of the model combines long-term and short-term goals. That is, increased social capital for youths and collective efficacy among adults in the community combined with acute intervention and suppression efforts help to mitigate the risks associated with youth violence. It is hoped that this analysis may serve to inform other local governments on the most effective strategy in the prevention of youth violence.

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