Helping Adolescents Know What to Do When a Peer is in Crisis

Insights, Strategies, Skills, and Tips for Teens

Includes Digital Resources!


SKU: D446-Net

In any given time there will be some students who undergo a crisis situation and are uncertain about what to do. Often it is their peers in school who are the first to notice other students who might be having some type of crisis. Unfortunately when some students are having difficulties they are hesitant to seek out adults at the school for help when needed. These students can be identified and encouraged by peers who have been trained in what to look for and how to encourage them to seek out the help they need in a timely manner.

This guide provides information students will need to help them be more aware of crisis risks in other students at school. It also will prepare them in how to best approach a peer who might be experiencing personal troubles before they escalate into a crisis. The more students learn how to recognize risk factors in their peers and how to refer them to a trained professional, the more likely they will be to provide timely help to students in need.

This guide contains six core lessons, each requiring 30-40 minutes. The lessons and included activities help build crisis management insights and skills.

  • Lesson 1: Keeping It Real– Exploring current issues and crises facing teens
  • Lesson 2: Identifying Pleasant and Unpleasant Feelings in Others– Identifying physical responses to feelings
  • Lesson 3: How Can I Help Others? Listening with Understanding– Learning focusing skills for more effective listening
  • Lesson 4: How Can I Help Others by Asking Engaging Questions?– Asking inviting questions to show you care
  • Lesson 5: Advanced Listening Skills– When and how to use empathy with peers
  • Lesson 6: Limitations– Knowing when and how to refer a peer to receive help from others
Written by Susan Bowman
Paperback ISBN 9781598502626
Grades 6-12
40 pages

Additional information






Youthlight, Inc.

Susan has worked as a social worker, and school counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has also worked as a counselor for incarcerated youth and started a non-profit, faith-based organization (Youth Hope Foundation) to help these young people. In 2005, the GED Testing Service awarded Susan with its highest honor, the Cornelius P. Turner Award, presented annually to a GED graduate who has made outstanding contributions to society in education or public, or social service. The award is named for Cornelius P. Turner, the founder of the GED Testing Program.

Susan has written 20 books and has led professional seminars throughout the U.S. and abroad on topics such as mentoring, challenging adolescents and self-injury. Susan’s remarkable life-story has been an encouragement to young people and professionals. She ran away from home at age 14. By age 19, she was divorced, on welfare and the mother of three children. Yet, with only a 7th grade education, a mentor encouraged her to pursue her education and she eventually earned a GED, then a BA degree, and finally an Ed.S. degree in counseling. Her experience as a runaway and teen mom has helped her to reach some of the most distraught youth in juvenile detention facilities.

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