David S. Prescott, LCSW
Around the world and across time, adults have experienced the challenge of motivating adolescents to change. Fortunately, there have been major advances in recent years in understanding how to effectively assess teenagers who have sexually abused, what works in their treatment and how to engage adolescents in their own change process.
In this brief text, the reader is offered an innovative self-examination process designed for building professional skills for engaging and motivating teens. This composite case example offers practical ideas and strategies for engaging a teen client from the very beginning of the process. The booklet offers strategies to build upon that initial engagement towards successful outcomes and equally important, sidestepping the inevitable pitfalls when encouraging motivation with teens who have sexually abused. While reading books on treatment and going to conferences can aid one’s professional development, there is nothing like seeing the actual work unfold in new ways.