STAND! Students Taking a New Direction

9 Small-Group Sessions for Re-Directing Defiance and Impulsiveness in Boys


SKU: D529-Net

Engaging SEL Lessons with Physical Activities

S.T.A.N.D. (Students Taking A New Direction) is a 9-session small-group program for boys in grades 3-8 who display impulsive and/or defiant behaviors. It is designed to help these boys discover and re-direct their inner strengths, make more positive choices and take a new direction with their behavior. Each session starts with an introductory warm-up physical activity followed by an engaging, insight-building lesson.

Sessions include an overview, activity procedures, discussion questions, follow-up journaling, and parent notes to increase home conversations about the insights learned in the group. The physical activities are optional and designed so that each boy is competing against himself. Between-session practice of the physical activities and personal strengths is encouraged.

Featured topics include:

  • Problem Solving
  • Compromise
  • Positive Self-Talk
  • Respectful Communication
  • Teamwork
Written by Fara O. Criswell, Susan Bowman, Diane Krell
Paperback ISBN 9781598502664
Grades 3-8
52 pages
Release Date January 1, 2023

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Farra O. Criswell is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in Mississippi. She has over twenty years of experience working at in-patient facilities, community mental health centers, schools, and private practice; she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. She has two grown sons which has contributed to her desire to help boys and young men find their inner strength. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and owns her own private practice, Life Seasons Counseling, LLC.

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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