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A Young Man's Guide to Self-Mastery, Workbook. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5188238
  • Journal
  • July 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 208 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

How practitioners can work with young male clients within a gender-responsive treatment program

Adverse life events can experience significant impairment in neural development which can lead to weakened critical thinking, diminished emotional intelligence, and increased antisocial behavior. Statistics show that traditional treatment programs are inadequate in helping young men - estimated to account for 68% of all teens struggling with substance use disorder - to achieve sustained abstinence that leads to recovery.

A Young Man's Guide to Self-Mastery provides practical guidance on implementing an effective trauma-informed, gender-responsive treatment program that addresses the impact of socialization, adverse life experiences, and substance use. This invaluable guide explains the theoretical foundation and real-life connection between trauma and substance use, and provides clear guidelines and actionable strategies for treating boys and young men challenged by trauma and substance use disorder.

  • Provides guidance on integrating evidence-based interventions, mindfulness techniques, and experiential activities
  • Covers the effects of environmental trauma, gender development awareness, socialization, identity, sexuality, relational violence, and aggression
  • Examines trauma's impact on families, mental health, and comorbid and addictive behavior
  • Discusses the key elements of strength-based approaches and mentoring

A Young Man's Guide to Self-Mastery is an invaluable resource for practitioners working with male adolescents in mental health clinics, juvenile justice facilities, and residential and outpatient facilities.

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Introduction for the Facilitator

Part 1. Trauma in the Lives of Boys and Young Men          

  • The Need for a Trauma-Informed Program for Treating
  • Substance Use Disorders in Young Men 
  • The Impact of Trauma on Boys  
  • Prevalence of Problems Associated with Trauma and Substance Use        
  • Gender and Developmental Awareness Principles 

Part 2. Theoretical Foundation  

  • Theories of Adolescent Psychological Development         
  • Trauma
  • The Process of Trauma  
  • Common Responses to Trauma 
  • Triggers and Retraumatization  
  • Dissociation and Grounding        
  • Trauma and Substance Use Disorders    
  • Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Services         
  • The Therapeutic Environment   
  • Creating Safety
  • Dealing with Current Trauma     

Part 3. The Program       

  • Design of the Facilitator Guide  
  • Materials Needed for Each Session          

Part 4. Facilitation           

  • Prior to the Session        
  • Knowing the Boys and Young Men in Your Group              
  • Co-facilitating   
  • Tips on Conducting a Group Session       
  • Considerations for Facilitators    
  • Special Considerations for Juvenile and Adult Justice Settings      

Module A: Myself        

Session One: Welcome, Introduction, and Building Our House  

This Session       

Welcome and Introductions       

Being Ourselves in a Group         

Building Our House (Mutual Agreements)            

The Word Cloud              

Five Senses        


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Two: A Sense of Self     

This Session       

My Place             

Feelings, Beliefs, and Values       

My Castle (Outside)       

My Castle (Inside)           

My Place (Variation)      


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Three: A Boy’s World    

This Session       

Palms Up, Palms Down 

Collage of Gender Expectations

The Anger Funnel           

The Container  


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Four: Introduction to Trauma    

This Session       

The Fight or Flight Response      



Posttraumatic Stress Disorder    

The ACE Questionnaire 

Other Traumatic Events

Trauma Can Shape Our Belief Systems   


Between-Sessions Activity

Module B: Communication and Connections

Session Five: Communication and Connections

This Session       

Healing Light     

Living Your Values           

Barriers to Healthy Connections

Other Ways We Communicate  

Four Communication Styles        

Practicing Communication Styles              

Progressive Muscle Relaxation  


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Six: Abuse and Conflict

This Session       

Square Breathing            

Abusive Relationships   

Soothing and Grounding: Self-Mastery Techniques          

A Physical Grounding Technique

The Container  


Conflict Resolution: The STARE Technique            


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Seven: Mothers              

This Session       


What Do Mothers Do?  

My Mom            

Letter to My Mom          


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Eight: Fathers   

This Session       

What Do Fathers Do?    

My Dad

Letter to My Dad             


Between-Sessions Activity

Module C: Relationships      

Session Nine: Friendship             

This Session       

Power and Relationships              

Discussion Questions    

The Relationship Wheel                

Characteristics of Effective Relationships              


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Ten: Gender and Sexuality         

This Session       

Dating and Sexuality      

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

Masculinity and Femininity         

My Ideal Partner             


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Eleven: Barriers to Healthy Relationships           

This Session       

Teen Equality Wheel      

Control and Abuse         

Supportive Relationships             

Sample Relationship Map            

Your Relationship Map  

Ending Relationships     


Between-Sessions Activity

Module D: Healthy Living          

Session Twelve: Our Bodies       

This Session       

Healthy Living Scale        

Body Image       

Improving Your Body Image       

Healthy and Unhealthy Eating    

Emotional Wellness       

Expressing Feelings        


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Thirteen: Dealing with Life as It Happens            

This Session       

Understanding Addiction             

Coping with Stress          


Self-Care (SEEDS)            


Between-Sessions Activity

Session Fourteen: Endings and Beginnings          

This Session       

Healing Masks  

Decision Making              

Celebrating One Another


Appendix 1. Five Senses Cards   

Appendix 2. Local Resources      

Appendix 3. Grounding and Self-Soothing Activities         

Appendix 4. Yoga Poses

Appendix 5. Optional Activity (Sessions Nine and Eleven)              

Appendix 6: Redefining Gender

Appendix 7: Healing Mask           

Appendix 8: Optional Activity (Session Fourteen)              


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Roberto A. Rodriguez
Stephanie S. Covington
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