Jumping Off the Not-So-Merry-Go-Round
Staff and Clinicians Building Therapeutic Relationships with Persons Who Demonstrate Challenging Behaviors
Best practices for reducing hostile interactions.
This unique training manual helps staff address the mental, emotional and physical impacts of their work. From the Queen of the Castle to the Cotton Candy Con Artist to Quick Draw McLaw, the action, the pictures, and the descriptions will spark instant recognition of familiar issues.
Dr. Frank’s practical exercises enable the staff person to explore the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that erode healthy interactions. By looking inward first, the staff person becomes free to move the process of relationship-building forward with those he or she supports.
But the process does not have to be painful. These exercises affirm the good intentions that often accompany self-defeating behaviors. And, they acknowledge the strength, intelligence, and compassion a staff person brings to the task of de-escalating high-risk behavior.
The units feature:
- a variety of interactive, instructional strategies
- great ideas for bypassing resistance and motivating others
- best practices for preventing abuse and reducing hostile interactions
- a self-affirming approach to forming healthy relationships.
The principles in this manual are rooted in the field of positive psychology. And, the methods are based on mentoring, not managing.
What others say about this book:
“A highly unique training program that gets at the heart of what is required to develop healthy, therapeutic alliances with persons who demonstrate challenging behaviors.” – Dr. Tom Pomeranz, CEO, Universal LifeStiles
“Jumping Off the Not-So-Merry-Go-Round provides easy to follow tools to avoid fight or flight reactions during threatening encounters, maintain therapeutic interactions, and become a true mentor to people who have developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors…” – Robert Fletcher, DSW, ACSW, Founder & CEO, NADD
“This training manual is a great tool for the staff development toolbox. I’ll be using it and recommending it to others.” – Gerry D. Blasingame, Psy.D., LMFT, Training, and Program Development Consultant
“An engaging and accessible approach for caregivers to take better care of themselves and become better mentors. Facility directors, staff development officers, and clinical supervisors will love this book!” – Jeff Feix, Ph.D., Director of Forensic and Juvenile Court Services, Tennessee Department of Mental Health
“This book is a ‘must-read.’ Opportunity Village will be using this book as part of our orientation and ongoing training.” – Jim Aberg, MAE, Services Director, Opportunity Village, Clear Lake, IA
“This training manual is a wonderful resource for anyone who works in this field or anyone in any field. I wish I would have had it when I needed it!” – Dan Baker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UMDNJ
“Jumping Off the Not-So-Merry-Go-Round helps staff understand why they’ve chosen fight or flight responses in the past and provides tools needed to create mentoring relationships… I highly recommend this book.” – Mary Mercer, MS, Community Training Coordinator, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities