You Think I'm Evil:
Practical strategies for working with rebellious and
By David Taransaud
176 pages, paperback
According to the children's charity Barnados*, more than half the UK population believe that teenagers behave like monsters, using words like 'animal', 'feral' and 'vermin' in referring to young people. Even if they don't share this belief, therapists, teachers, classroom assistants, youth workers and foster parents still struggle to work effectively with challenging adolescents on a daily basis. While they want to help and support these young people, they are often unsure how to go about it, or find they fear the young person, but are ashamed to share these feelings with colleagues.
To truly understand, empathise and work with this challenging age group, we need to find a way to enter and map their internal worlds. Jargon-free and engaging, You Think I'm Evil takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the hidden inner territory of troubled and troubling adolescents. It offers new perspectives to help professionals reframe our ideas about what is driving their behaviour and attitude. The author, David Taransaud, provides practical, evidence-based methods and techniques for connection, empathising, and building a fruitful relationship with young people, enabling us to help them return to more creative ways of living. In recognising the limitations of everyday language, You Think I'm Evil suggests new forms of creative expression, drawn from teenage preferences, allowing both adult and adolescent to safely explore the young person's inner and outer world together.
David Taransaud trained at the Institute of Arts in Psychotherapy and Education as a psychotherapeutic counsellor for adolescents. He has over ten years experience of working in education with challenging teenagers in Lambeth, one of London's most deprived boroughs. The majority of his adolescent clients are labelled as anti-social, have a statement of SEBD and have been severely traumatised in their early years (neglect, loss, emotional, sexual, physical abuse etc).
A practical resource for teachers, psychologists, parents, SENCO's, support staff, educational therapists, counsellors, play therapists, Sure Start and nursery staff, governors, educational policy makers, and all involved in facilitating pupils' learning and well-being.
© Worth Publishing Ltd 2013