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Southern Exposure Mentor Training

Southern Exposure Mentor Training



This training was delivered to Southern Exposure's Mentors on October 8, 2013

This training was delivered to Southern Exposure's Mentors on October 8, 2013



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  • Crabs start with first topic: share a favorite book or movieWhales then share second topic: story about time when you overcame a fearCrabs share third topic: story about time when you made a mistakeWhales share fourth topic: time you experienced problem with mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse, depression, a suicide attempt, eating disorder, an abortion, gang activity, or incarceration
  • IntroductionFirst ImpressionsLooking for the +Seeking connectionsBonding
  • Over time, studies of more than 4 million youth consistently show that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive. Research shows that youth with the fewest assets are more likely to engage in four different patterns of high-risk behaviors, including problem alcohol use, violence, illicit drug use, and sexual activity.
  • Conversely, when youth have higher levels of assets, they are more likely to do well in school, be civically engaged, and value diversity.While there is no “magic number” of assets young people should have, our data indicates that 31 is a worthy, though challenging, benchmark for experiencing their positive effects most strongly. Yet, only 8 percent of youth have 31 or more assets. More than half have 20 or fewer assets.
  • Goals provide a sense of order and purpose capable of sustaining high interest and motivation over a long period of time. It is easy to stay motivated to do something that is important. It is also easier to make a decision when you know what you're trying to accomplish. Goals serve as criteria to sharpen the decision process by making the alternatives and consequences easier to visualize.Five general principles of motivational interviewing:1. Express empathy (Emphasis on compassion)2. Develop discrepancy and reinforce change talk3. Avoid argumentation4. Roll with resistance5. Support self-efficacyAsk questions and explore the subject. When you don't know what to say, ask your mentee what she thinks about itRespect the process: allow for uniqueness and individuality and timing of responses and, remember, change rests with the individual. Inspire interest and passion by1. exposing youth to new opportunities2. sharing your own experiences3. creating positive atmosphere for exploration4. supporting your mentee's interests, even if you don't like it Look for exceptions: has your mentee handled the problem or a similar problem a different way some other time that ended with different results? By pointing out this difference, you give your mentee a chance to see a different side of himself. Celebrate this success! Even if it only happened one time, that's one more time than had happened before.