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Strong Teens

The Strong Teens curriculum is a brief and practical social-emotional learning program designed for teaching social and emotional skills, promoting resilience, strengthening assets, and increasing coping skills of high school students, those in grades 9-12, or approximately ages 14-18. This programs is aimed at both prevention and early intervention, and has a wide range of applications. Strong Teens may be used effectively with high functioning, typical, at-risk, or emotionally-behaviorally disordered youths in schools and other settings.

Strong Teens includes 12 lessons, which take approximately 45 to 55 minutes each to teach, and may be conducted by a teacher or mental health professional such as a counselor of psychologist. Students find these lessons to be engaging and fun, and they benefit from the integrated behavioral, affective, and cognitive approaches to teaching and mastering key concepts and skills. The 12 Strong Teens lessons are listed as follows, along with their main purpose:

Lesson Number and Title Main Purpose
1. About Strong Teens:
    Emotional Strength Training
Introduce students to the Strong Teens curriculum
2. Understanding Your Feelings 1 Teach students to identify comfortable and uncomfortable feelings, and to increase their emotional vocabulary
3. Understanding Your Feelings 2 Focus on appropriate ways to express
various feelings
4. Dealing With Anger Teach students to understand and manage anger, using a cognitive-behavioral model
5. Understanding Other
    People's Feelings
Development of empathy skills, or ability to identify feelings that other people may have
6. Clear Thinking 1 Teach students strategies to identify negative and maladaptive thinking patterns and common thinking errors
7. Clear Thinking 2 Techniques for dispelling irrational negative thoughts and replacing them with more realistic and constructive cognitions
8. The Power of Positive Thinking Teach students more strategies to offset negative thinking styles, and to use an optimistic style of approaching problems
9. Solving People Problems Teach students to solve interpersonal problems and deal with conflicts effectively and without violence
10. Letting Go of Stress How to identify stressors, cognitive and behavioral strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and worries
11. Behavior Change:
    Setting Goals and Staying Active
Teach students basic steps for setting and achieving realistic goals, and strategies for increasing positive and appropriate activities
12. Finishing UP! Review of major concepts in the
Strong Teens curriculum

In addition to these 12 basic lessons, Strong Teens includes a "booster" lesson, which is designed to help re-teach and reinforce the main curriculum concepts several weeks after the completion of the last lesson. The Strong Teens manual includes all the materials that are needed to teach the lessons.

 

 

 
 
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