S.T.I. EDUCATOR TRAINING MANUAL

The S.T.I. Educator Training Manual is a guide for teachers and other educators in setting the climate, building the relationships, and following through with daily interactions which foster improved behavior and achievement among troubled youth. Mr. Reeves’ guidance is based on his own experience and knowledge of the strategies that bring about success for the hard-to-reach individual who has built up barriers to adult intervention.

A step-by-step approach leads the teacher through the necessary elements of building relationships, establishing group and individual incentives and maintaining appropriate and predictable boundaries while implementing compassionate and powerful learning tools. Suggested Activities are provided for each section. The author’s insights into student motivation, contextual learning, and pre-requisites to high achievement are stated plainly and supported by solid research in learning theory and positive behavioral supports and intervention.

The manual is not age specific and may be easily adapted to any grade level or group size. The techniques apply equally to both struggling learners and those with aptitude in the superior range.

Headings

  1. Set the Climate for Learning
  2. Establish Authority and Consequences
  3. Promote Respect and Keep Appropriate Boundaries
  4. Acknowledge Individual Learning Differences
  5. Make Use of Total Communication
  6. Avoid Intimidation and Manipulation
  7. Keep a Balanced Relationship
  8. Focus on the Important Things
  9. Be Purposeful and Intentional
  10. Stay Ahead of the Game

The training manual is most effective when used as an integral part of S.T.I. training seminars. It is provided in a narrative format, easy-to-read and broken into ten sections. The manual and accompanying training provides the first critical phase in implementing the S.T.I. approach with troubled youth. Additional materials, such as power point presentations are included in the seminars which may be adapted for particular groups of practitioners and modified for different ages and grade levels of students or clients.

Interactive Software

S.T.I. includes self-paced web-based learning modules to engage students in learning pro-social behavior, study skills, conflict resolution, mediation, reflection, journaling, self-affirmation, and goal-setting. Real-life scenarios provide the basis for student responses which differentiate between alternative behavior paths and guide students toward learning concepts of practical problem-solving, improved self-esteem, and goal-setting.

This self-paced learning tool is an excellent supplement to group work as well as a useful tool in teaching pro-social behavior and increased independence in the classroom. The modules are adapted to different ages but instruct the same basic themes of self-determination and motivation for academic success by using appealing graphics and engaging tools that are highly motivated to young people accustomed to the digital age of electronic communication and connectedness.

Textbook

Street Therapy Interactive by Frederick L. Reeves provides the basis for S.T.I. and was born out of his determination to extend the effective strategies he has honed during his career as an educator and counselor to others working with disenfranchised youth.

The ten chapters of the book lead the reader through the stages of development in co-constructing cooperation and provide poignant insight into the circumstances that impinge on troubled young people inside and outside the classroom or therapy session.

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