GSSW scholars Laser and Nicotera bridge the gap between research and practice

Practitioners often find work with adolescents a daunting task. This critical time of development is shaped by many forces – some internal, some external – and sets the stage for meeting the challenges of adulthood. GSSW Associate Professors Julie Laser and Nicole Nicotera have written an extremely useful guide for practitioners that incorporates cognitive and emotional development with cultural issues, all within a framework that honors and recognizes the multilayered contexts within which adolescents must negotiate.1 Because they use an ecological framework, they examine not only risk factors, but also protective factors, and cultural influences such as the media, neighborhoods, schools, and the family. Additionally, they provide excellent outlines of interventions for numerous issues that social workers encounter in their work with adolescents and young adults.  The book additionally includes contributions from GSSW faculty member Jeffrey Jenson, GSSW doctoral graduate George Liebowitz (University of Vermont), Shannon Sainer, MSW (Colorado Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention), Douglas Davies (University of Michigan), and Tom Luster (Michigan State University).

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1Laser, J. A., & Nicotera, N. (2011). Working with adolescents: A guide for practitioners. New York, NY: Guilford Press.