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Tips for Working With Troubled Teens: Part 3

I stated in one of my earlier posts that teenagers are always looking for answers, whether they act like it or not. They are trying things, often seemingly lacking impulse control. This can present itself as wanting more, and more freedom. But there is often a disconnect between the ying of freedoms they desire, and…

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Tips for Working with Troubled Teens: Part 2

I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of work instructing courses for Voyageur Outward Bound School’s award-winning Intercept Program. In Part: 2 of this blog entry, I’ve decided to focus on how people react, or respond to one another. Often times we become so focused on a struggling teens behavior, and how we can…

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Tips For Working with Troubled Teens: Part 1

I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of work instructing courses for Voyageur Outward Bound School’s award-winning Intercept Program. I’ve also had the privilege, if you want to call it that– I do, of learning from teens who challenge the status quo. This sometimes manifests itself as troublesome behavior– disrespect, breaking trust, self-harm, you…

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Leadership Through Adventure

True adventure is a fine way to hone your leadership skills. The kind of adventure I have in mind takes nine strangers and throws them into the wilderness with enough food and gear to travel the lakes and trails for a few weeks. They say that it takes twenty-one days to set a habit. If…