In 1967, Seita was an abandoned, abused youth court-ordered to Starr Commonwealth, a private residential facility. Author Larry Brendtro, a psychologist, was president of Starr. Today they work together to train hundreds of professionals each year in the cutting-edge techniques of positive youth development.
In Kids Who Outwit Adults, the authors disclose the "private logic" behind kids' violent and defiant acts. They weave together an effective, rewarding approach based on successful and proven resilience models, insights from their years of experience, and youths' own heart wrenching accounts. They illuminate the internal strengths and external supports kids need in order to break out of negative behavior patterns. Seita and Brendtro are your guides through the deeper world of youth scare tactics and coping mechanisms.
With the penetrating wisdom found in this book, readers will:
Get beyond the bravado to build a solid trust connection
Uncover each youth's unique potentials
Build on strengths instead of dwelling on deficit and deviance
Remain positive in the face of hostility
Gain greater understanding of protective strategies, including fight/flight/fool, conceal and confuse, and sabotage
Avoid the pitfalls of the 10 myths of detachment
Calmly navigate antagonistic encounters, control contests, and manipulation games
Work positively with all kidseven those whose behavior is depressed/hopeless/suicidal, oppositional defiant, or hypervigilant