This teen crisis kit grows out of my work as a Crisis Mobile Outreach (CMO) supervisor for Child and Family Service on Hawaii Island.  As an on-call Mental Health Professional, it’s been my privilege to facilitate hundreds of face-to-face crisis interventions with teens and their caregivers.  The experiential exercises in this kit draw upon evidence-based, therapeutic resources much like those that our CMO team relied on.  They are meant to empower teens to find the satisfaction and comfort of being better able to manage their emotions and behavior in times of distress and changing circumstances.

Special thanks to Patsy A Ferrell, MSW, LCSW, who designed eleven simple, experiential exercises to help youth manage distress.  Patsy’s clinical work in the field of trauma for nearly two decades has given this resource the therapeutic depth that youth who are in crisis deserve.

Jerry Leggett, CEO & President, 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation

DISCLAIMER: If you are at risk for suicide, homicide or other harm or injury, please call 911 or seek other help (such as a hospital emergency room or doctor’s care) immediately. We at 21CPLF are not licensed counselors and are not responsible for your actions nor are we responsible for the actions of others. These online resources have helped many people and we hope we help you or your loved one(s), however, again, we are not responsible for either your actions or the actions of others.

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Peace literacy helps youth learn how to manage distress through learning how to self soothe and create a plan to be safe when feelings of self-harm overwhelm.  This free guide is available for schools, community groups and behavioral health organizations to print in multiple copies as a service of 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation.

"Simply Self-Soothe" Experiential Exercises for Teens (Audio/Music)