Following is a list of resources teachers may find useful.
Suicide Prevention in the Schools. This 128-page book, published by the American Counseling Association, is designed to help high school counselors and administrators detect signs that a student may be considering suicide. The book teaches educators how to prepare a crisis-management team; how to conduct faculty, parent, and student education sessions about suicide; and how to identify those students who are most at risk. Cost: $23.95, plus $2.50 shipping and handling; $19.95 for ACA members. Contact ACA, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304-3300; (800) 347-6647.
Hanging In and Dropping Out: Voices of At-Risk High School Students. Drawing on taped conversations with adolescents, author Edwin Farrell explores why some students stay in school while others decide to drop out. The 192page paperback examines some of the specific factors that cause students to leave--including drugs, family and peer pressure, economics, and pregnancy--and what schools can do about them. Cost: $17.95. Contact: Teachers College Press, P.O. Box 20, Williston, VT 05495; (800) 488-2665.
Peer Helping: A Training Guide. The Bureau for At-Risk Youth has prepared this booklet to aid teachers and others who want to teach students leadership skills needed to counsel peers. Among other things, the guide offers practical advice on how to start a peercounseling program. Cost: $19.95. Contact: Bureau For At-Risk Youth, 645 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743; (800) 99YOUTH.
Talk with Teens about Self and Stress: 50 Guided Discussions for School and Counseling Groups. This 160-page paperback offers strategies to get teenagers to open up and talk about a wide range of topics. The goal is to stimulate discussions that will help students anticipate and solve problems, make smart decisions, and cope with stress. Cost: $19.95, plus $4.25 shipping and handling. Contact: Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave. N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1724; (800) 735-7323.
Using What We Know about AtRisk Youth: Lessons from the Field. Technomic Publishing, in conjunction with the National Dropout Prevention Network, designed this 261-page paperback to help educators and counselors handle conflicts and problems with at-risk students. The book examines the at-risk issue and offers ideas for dropout prevention and alternative-education programs. Cost: $29. Technomic Publishing Company Inc., 851 New Holland Ave., Box 3535, Lancaster, PA 17604; (800) 233-9936.
Discovery--Finding the Buried Treasure. This 166-page softcover book includes more than 55 activities designed to help elementaryage children from high-stress families share their feelings, identify personal responsibilities, and increase self-worth. Cost: $14.95, plus $4.50 shipping and handling. Contact: Sierra Tucson Educational Materials Publications, 16500 North Lago del Oro Parkway, Tucson, AZ 85737.
Responding to Children At Risk: A Guide to Recent Reports. This 95page booklet presents the findings of more than 20 recent reports-- conducted by education, business, and community organizations-- on at-risk children. It also highlights some of their major recommendations. Cost: $21.95. Contact: Research for Better Schools, RBS Publications, 444 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19123-4107; (215) 574-9123.
A version of this article appeared in the August 01, 1994 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit: At-Risk Resources