Train in the Resourceful Adolescent Parent and Adolescent Programs
The RAP-A program for adolescents is a school–based program for 12 to 15 year olds that aims to improve the coping skills of teenagers.
RAP-P, like RAP-A, is a competency based program which aims to help parents boost their own self-esteem and the self-esteem of their adolescents. RAP-P also helps parents to manage their negative emotional overreactions to their adolescents and their adolescents' emotional overreactions to them.
ABOUT THE RAP-P PROGRAM
The program has three major themes, each with a key message and specific aims.
Parents Are People Too: Parents are encouraged to focus on their existing strengths, and to recognise their contribution to their adolescent's wellbeing. They also identify the impact of stress on effective parenting, and ways of managing their stress.
What Makes Adolescents Tick: Parents are encouraged to consider the specific needs of adolescents. They are facilitated to discuss adolescent development and role transitions pertinent to this age group (e.g., the dilemma of balancing the need for nurturance and protectiveness, with the desire for growing independence). Specific techniques to help parents bolster an adolescent's self-esteem are covered.
Promoting Family Harmony: Parents focus on the process of promoting harmonious family relationships and on the prevention and management of severe conflict.
In the RAP-P program facilitators do not present themselves as “experts". Rather, group leaders take the role of collaborator with the parents. Group leaders need to use some level of self-disclosure and appropriate self-deprecation with regard to their own parenting or their experiences of being parented in order to join the parents in a very real and human fashion. To increase the collaborative process between group leader and parents during the program, all examples are written in inclusive language (we, our, us) rather than exclusive language (you, our)
ABOUT THE RAP-A PROGRAM
RAP-A - Early Intervention for Adolescents
RAP-A consists of 11 sessions of approximately 50 minutes duration. The program is run with groups of adolescents varying in size from 8 to 16 students. RAP-A attempts to integrate both cognitive-behavioural and interpersonal approaches within the context of adolescent development.
Personal Strengths: Individuals are helped to recognise and affirm existing strengths and personal resources. The aims of this component are to help adolescents focus on the importance of having and maintaining a good self-esteem.
Cognitive Therapy (Thought Court): Participants are helped to recognise and challenge distorted cognitions and develop positive self-talk.
Keeping Calm: Self-management and self-regulation strategies are taught to participants. This involves improving both the recognition and management of emotional and physiological symptoms.
Problem Solving: Individuals are encouraged to define problems and generate appropriate and effective solutions.
Support Network: Individuals are helped to acknowledge the importance of developing a support network and appropriate help-seeking behaviour as a mechanism for emotional well-being.
Interpersonal Problem Solving (Keeping the Peace): Participants are helped to consider role transitions and role disputes that arise during the period of adolescence. Strategies for promoting harmony and avoiding escalation of conflict are taught. Individuals are helped to acknowledge the perspective of other people and to value empathy.
Wednesday, 28 February 2018