Participants will learn about the check-in process and do their first check-in.
Most teens don't know what to expect when they come to their first group session; they often perceive their attendance at Step-Up as a punishment.
Many teens appreciate the chance to speak openly in this first session.
You should, however, always remind group members to speak respectfully in the group.
This first session is a time that they can ask questions about the program and voice their opinions about being required to attend.
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Feel free to replace or enhance this exercise with materials of your own.
Step-Up: A Curriculum for Teens Who Are Violent at Home was developed and written by Greg Routt and Lily Anderson with the Step-Up Program, a group counseling program for teens who are violent with parents or family members.
Step-Up is a program of King County Judicial Administration and is funded by The Juvenile Accountability Block Grant.
Edited by Sakson and Taylor Consulting You may need to vary the introductory section depending on the context in which you're teaching the class.
Many teens and parents who come to this program are in the habit of communicating negatively with each other.
This exercise helps them remember what it is like to relate with each other in a positive way.