Working with High-Risk Adolescents

A Collaborative Strengths-Based Approach

Matthew D. Selekman
Foreword by Harlene Anderson

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November 22, 2018
ISBN 9781462539215
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316 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Copyright Date: 2017
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“Selekman’s text will appeal to graduate students and therapists with an array of experience. Even those therapists who have worked with adolescents for years will find the novel presentation of material refreshing and Selekman’s approach thoughtful and scientifically informed....Selekman not only addresses the challenges facing clients in engaging in therapy but also includes diverse ideas for how to enhance effectiveness and creativity in one’s work. In short, Selekman’s text offers practical and insightful guidance for how to implement manualized treatments in real-life settings, making it a welcome addition to a professional library for novice to experienced therapists.”


“The book is equally helpful to students preparing to become therapists and to beginner and skilled therapists who want to learn how to work with this population….This is a very valuable addition to the literature on working with adolescents, especially with those who are high risk, a population that is hard to reach and generally considered ‘difficult.’ The author’s solution and resilience-focused, integrative approach brings hope to practitioners daring to work with young men and women in challenging situations. Uniquely, the author encourages therapists to courageously use innovative techniques and gives suggestions on how to use their own creative inclinations in designing interventions with and for families at risk.”

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“Selekman has done it again. He offers the reader an integrative client-centered therapy approach that is grounded in a long tradition of systemic and solution-focused therapies. We are given a front-row seat to observe a master therapist as he walks us through his own clinical cases to demonstrate his creative process. This book will surely inspire therapists to be more bold and adventurous in co-creating with family members a therapeutic experience that challenges and disrupts stagnant relational patterns and replaces them with new possibilities.”

—Guy S. Diamond, PhD, Director, Center for Family Intervention Science, Drexel University

“It is hard to imagine this book ever being surpassed as a guide to working with adolescents in serious difficulty. Its solid grounding in solution-focused and strengths-based practice is supplemented by a distillation of theoretical and practical wisdom from a host of different therapeutic approaches. As well as dealing specifically with major issues such as violence and self-harm, Selekman offers a pathway through the delicate business of interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration. His suggestions are clear and simple, and he takes time to address every conceivable stumbling point on the way to a successful outcome. Selekman brings to this book not just a lifetime of face-to-face work with adolescents and their families, but also an erudition second to none. This book is a gift to the future of any struggling adolescent lucky enough to meet a professional who has read it.”

—Chris Iveson, therapist and co-founder, BRIEF, London, United Kingdom

“Intervening with high-risk adolescents and their families is probably the most challenging work that we therapists do. Selekman draws on extensive up-to-date research literature in presenting his strengths-based, integrative approach. He systematically selects from existing evidence-based approaches and also explains numerous creative interventions he has developed and used over the years. The book makes a strong case for therapists to flexibly individualize family therapy rather than rigidly adhering to a treatment protocol. Therapists should never find themselves stuck when working with these families again. This is also an excellent text for family therapy courses.”

—Gilbert J. Greene, PhD, College of Social Work, The Ohio State University

“This book offers a real-world compass for working from a strengths-based, solution-oriented perspective with today's high-risk adolescents. It captures the craft of a seasoned practitioner, and benefits from the author's keen perspective on the interconnected family, societal, and individual attributes that can enhance an adolescent's growth and health. Selekman provides practical guidance and a menu of theoretically informed options and strategies that clinicians can start using right away. Graduate students in clinical practice courses would benefit from the riveting case examples, which will fuel lively discussion, as well as the presentation of clinical decision-making processes rarely depicted in such detail.”

—Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine

“I use this text in an MSW elective, Social Work with Adolescents. Students find the text easy to read and full of practical, ready-to-implement ideas for working with adolescents. As a practitioner, I appreciate the breadth of practice contexts that Selekman covers. ?As an educator, I appreciate that his practice wisdom is grounded in the best research whenever available. Selekman doesn't dress up old ideas in new clothes. He helps us see adolescents and their family, school, and community contexts with fresh eyes.”

—Jonathan B. Singer, PhD, LCSW, School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago