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Understand unique needs of teens

In this episode, we'll explore the unique needs of teens. Together we'll listen to Alex's story, and from it, Casey will draw some key issues and promising practices that we can learn related to understanding the needs of teens. When working with teens it's important to remember that they may not respond to domestic violence jargon and they might not be interested in talking with adults. Remember that just as no two teens are alike, neither are their service needs. Listen to what teens are asking for and think creatively and broadly about your own definition of service provision in order to best meet them where they are.



Focus on children's strengths


In this episode, we'll explore the strengths of exposed children. Together we'll listen to three children's stories, and from them, Casey will draw some key issues and promising practices that we can learn related to their strengths. Exploring young peoples' strengths by recognizing their role in the family and honoring their experiences are ways to help build resilience after trauma. Yet, it's also important to acknowledge that youth have identities that go beyond their domestic violence experiences and help build on those strengths as well.

Play time: 7:21  


Cultivate formal and informal supports

In this episode, we'll explore the importance of cultivating informal supports. Together we'll listen to three children's stories, and from them, Casey will draw some key issues and promising practices that we can learn related to fostering informal support. Kind and caring relationships with adults are key to helping children overcome adversity and become resilient. While formal professional and informal supports are important, peer support is also beneficial to young people exposed to violence especially during the teen years when youth are actively exploring their own identities.

Play time: 6:26   


Evaluate needs through the lifespan

In this episode, we'll explore the importance of evaluating needs through the lifespan. Together we'll listen to three children's stories, and from them, Casey will draw some key issues and promising practices that we can learn related to ongoing evaluation of children's needs into adulthood. Linking families with supportive resources throughout the lifespan is protective against risk factors associated with child exposure to domestic violence. Domestic violence is a complex issue and the needs of children who are exposed to domestic violence are long lasting and ever changing.

Play time: 6:29  


Develop safety plans

In this episode, we'll explore safety planning. Together we'll listen to three children's stories, and from them, Casey will draw some key issues and promising practices that we can learn related to safety planning. Safety planning, including both immediate safety and planning for the future, is recommended. Allowing children to participate in safety planning not only provides them with tools to help protect themselves and help their mothers if or when violence occurs, but it also helps them gain a sense of power in a situation where they often feel powerless.

Play time: 8:03  



Music Dispersion Relation Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Sponsored by: MINCAVA, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, Avon Foundation for Women