The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens

[Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa] We also teach a curriculum called "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens." Actually there are two things we do in our program in addition to the peer coaches. One is we follow the motto of positive psychology that is proposed by the University of Pennsylvania. We go to the Authentic Happiness site at the first day, and everybody takes a strength assessment. And so you have to come back to the group and tell the group what your strengths are. Then we learn from our teens that they really do not want to come in the summer to a therapy program—they don't view themselves as having a disability. They want something that will help them move forward. So we've selected the curriculum from Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. That's used in a lot of leadership courses for teens, and we've had a very good response to that. So our peer coaches get training on communication with the teens, and part of their role is to teach those seven habits. They pick them in groups—I don't do any of that teaching. The peer coaches teach them, and they use themselves as examples of how they're setting their goals. The other aspect of this positiveness is that we invite people to come in who have successful careers to talk about their career trajectory. So those are ways that we try to promote positiveness, by showing them you can still accomplish your goals even though it may take you longer or it may not go in the direction you want it to at first, but you have to keep working.

Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about her program where peer counselors use their own experiences moving forward after a TBI to teach other adolescents positive and effective habits.

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Posted on BrainLine July 2, 2013.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Justin Rhodes, and Lara Collins, BrainLine.