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The Peacemaker: Handling Conflict Without Fighting Back or Running Away (Student Edition). Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson. Baker Books, 2008.

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Help-My Kids Are Hurting: A Survival Guide To Working With Students In Pain. Marv Penner. Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2005. In this wonderful counseling guide Penner lays out what it takes to help hurting kids, both in who we are and in how we approach them, along with critical mistakes to avoid. Available in the CPYU Resource Center.





A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain. Marilee Strong. Viking, 1998. An overview of the growing problem of self-injurious behavior (cutting) in today's youth culture.  he first-person accounts offer good insight into the problem.





Helping Teens in Crisis. Miriam Neff. Tyndale, 1993. Practical suggestions from a Christian counselor for prevention and intervention in the home.





 Helping the Struggling Adolescent. Les Parrott III. Zondervan, 1993. A practical guide for parents, counselors and youth workers on how to help teens through thirty common problems common among adolescents.





Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. James Garbarino. Free Press, 1999. Helps readers identify, understand, and respond to youth violence.





Ministry with Youth in Crisis. Harley Atkinson. Religious Education Press, 1997. A comprehensive treatment of seven major adolescent issues: self-identity, family life, social relationships, sexuality, suicide, substance abuse, and eating disorders.





Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search For Self. Sara Shandler. Harper Perennial, 1999. A collection of essays written by girls about their experience as adolescents in today's youth culture. Essays reflect on topics including family, body image, friendship, sex, academics, etc.





Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. Mary Pipher. Ballantine, 1995. Written by a clinical psychologist, this valuable book sheds light on the unique problems facing teenage girls in the 90's. Full of riveting true stories that will help you understand what it's like to grow up female in a media-saturated and beauty-obsessed culture.





Temptations Families Face: Breaking Patterns That Keep Us Apart. Tom Eisenman. InterVarsity, 1996. A veteran family counselor identifies the patterns of modern life that undermine family strength while offering practical suggestions to keep us centered on our families.






The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 Year Landmark Study. Judith Wallerstein, Julia Lewis, & Sandra Blakeslee. Hyperion, 2000. Compelling evidence, both research-based and anecdotal, of the long-term negative effects of divorce on children.




The Wounded Healer. Henri J. M. Nouwen. Image, 1972. Timely when it was first written, this classic continues to serve as a valuable for guide for those looking for insight into how to minister to today's emerging postmodern generations.