Part of the background reading for the class is The Youth Worker’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis. I read through it and took some notes that should help me in class.
Some of the more interesting things from the book are:
- Crisis is a self-defined experience. Something that is a crisis for me may not be considered a crisis for you.
- Facts are the raw material for solving a problem. Get them from as many perspectives as possible.
- On any given day, “Who we are” as helpers in a crisis might be more important than “what we know.”
- If we’re going to be helpful, especially to young people, we have to be adept at making person-to-person relationships.
- Empathy is feeling your pain in my heart.
- Few young people ever have the experience of being really listened to by an adult – someone who takes the time, energy, and focus required to fully understand.
- Ordinary people felt safe around Jesus. He treated them like people not projects.
There are a ton more important things in the book. It’s a good read, and is really useful in youth ministry. I would highly recommend it. If it were in Spanish, it might be the a textbook for my class on Ministry to Troubled Youth.