Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth | 2015
PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) is a culturally relevant intervention focused on Black male youth that relies upon recast theory (Racial Encounter Coping Appraisal and Socialization Theory). This training will teach participants about the impact of racial stress, literacy, and coping on youth and related intervention strategies embedded in physical activity and group therapy components. The PLAAY components include teaching stress management during basketball and martial arts self-defense activities, racial and gender coping during group therapy sessions, and trauma resolution and healthy discipline strategies during parent group therapy sessions. A key theme is that racial and gender-related conflicts are resolvable through stress management and are related to youth achievement and persistence in schooling. The more individuals can identify their stress reactions to racial and gender conflicts, and can practice and manage those stressful encounters, the more they will develop a confidence around racial and gender rejections that influence youth development. Authority figure-youth relationships constitute powerful influences on children’s learning. This training will demonstrate how racial and gender stress and poor coping mechanisms undermine many of these authority-youth relationships and how to resolve conflicts within these relationships to promote healthier outcomes for youth.
Based on a recent book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference, Dr. Stevenson will use five strategies to teach participants how to work more effectively with Black male youth who are struggling with relationship and life rejection challenges. The five core intervention strategies include the use of storytelling, journaling, relaxation, debating, and role-playing. These five strategies are designed to assist youth in developing skills in racial self-awareness, self-appraisal, self-care, self-control, and self-expression.
Who can participate?
Organizations may propose a team of three to five behavioral health practitioners from the organization. One member must be the team leader. Organizations that would benefit from the training include schools, community-based health agencies, recreation departments, religious leadership programs, youth development programs, and mentoring programs. Participants should include clinicians, program managers, administrators and community members. These individuals should be working with youth as counselors, teachers, therapists, or program managers in both face-to-face situations (mentoring or therapy) and/or program-level administration situations (referral agents or directors of programs).
What is required of participants?
Recognizing that it takes more than a two-day training to implement new practices or programs, SAMHSA requests that participating NNED Partner teams commit to the full NNEDLearn 2015 training model which includes: Prepare; Learn; Implement; and Sustain. Read more about NNEDLearn 2015. Objectives and expectations for each NNEDLearn stage for PLAAY are as follows:
The first stage of NNEDLearn involves preparing the NNED Partner team for the Learn stage (on-site training), and requires that team members:
From April 12-15, teams will attend a 2½ day training at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Participants will learn:
After the Learn stage (on-site training), all PLAAY teams join together in a “community of practice” that receives ongoing coaching to help support uptake of the practice. Team members will:
NNED Partner teams are expected to pursue efforts to sustain the practice and to demonstrate outcome and impact as appropriate. Teams will have the opportunity to:
Dr. Howard Stevenson, Professor of Education and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
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