Last week I announced the publication of my newest book; The Winning Hand Workbook (available at Amazon, or on the PRODUCTS page). It is a training workbook designed to give individuals and agencies a low-cost, on-demand training option for youth workers. It has deliberately been inexpensively priced so that each member of an agency’s staff can have their own copy which can be written in as they complete the lessons (quantity discounts are available, contact me for details). Below is the “How to use this book” introduction, and the Table of Contents, to give you a better idea of what’s in The Winning Hand Workbook:
For over 15 years, Youth Development: A Winning Hand has been offered as a live presentation throughout the United States and Canada. Considered one of the best introductions to the Positive Youth Development approach for new staff and practitioners wishing to see better outcomes for young people, The Winning Hand Workbook now makes the knowledge and skills taught through the live presentation available on demand in a concise, easy to use format.
The most important thing to understand about this workbook is that there is a greater emphasis on work rather than book. You cannot expect to derive the full benefits of learning simply by reading the content. The Winning Hand Workbook is designed to be a course of action, not a “lecture on paper.” Throughout the workbook there are various instructions and assignments that are intended to be completed in order and before reading further. At the same time, completing the assignments provides you with a “learning journal” to which you can refer as you develop your skills with and practice of the Positive Youth Development approach.
The Winning Hand Workbook is divided into 6 primary lessons, along with a “bonus lesson” and additional resource materials in the appendices. Instructions are contained in the text of the workbook, so start at the beginning of Lesson 1 and work your way through the book at your own pace as directed, paying attention to the “stop” and “go” prompts as they appear. For best learning, take your time. Be sure that you are familiar with the content of each lesson before moving on to the next.
NOTE: While anyone can use this workbook on their own to improve their practice, many people will be using this as an “initial training” within a program, agency, or school. As such, it is designed to be used with supervisory support. Instructions are given in the text for a “supervisor substitute” if you are using this on your own. If you are a supervisor who will be working with staff using this workbook, it is highly recommended that you complete the course yourself before supervising its use by others.
Most of all, thank you for the work that you do. The field of youth work is both challenging and often unrecognized … but those in the field will tell you that it is also rewarding and fun. If that’s not how you’re finding it, you’re doing it wrong. The Winning Hand Workbook will help
How to use this book
Lesson 1: An Introduction to the PYD Approach
Lesson 2: Youth Outcomes: The “Bottom Line” of Youth Work
Lesson 3: (s)OS: A Framework for Youth Development
Lesson 4: High Expectations
Lesson 5: Meaningful Participation
Lesson 6: Caring, Supportive Relationships
A - Bonus Lesson: Measuring Developmental Outcomes
B - Youth Outcomes Chart
C - Red Flags -- A Self-assessment for Youth Workers
D - Spectrum of Youth Participation -- An Evolutionary View
E - Guidelines for Attentive Listening and Reflection
F - Principles of Win/Win Negotiation for PYD Youth Work
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