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Articles, podcast, Handouts & worksheets



By Kevin M. Powell, PhD

Blog post on Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assualt

By Kevin M. Powell, PhD

Article on Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers


HAndouts & Worksheets

Resilience Protective Factors Checklist (RPFC) User Manual     Rev Sept 2023

The Resilience Protective Factors Checklist (RPFC) is a 36-item questionnaire that assists in the identification of protective factors empirically linked to resilience and positive outcomes. Four versions of the RPFC - Clinical, Youth, Parent/Caregiver, & College Research - are described in this manual, which can be administered to people across the life span and who have different life roles.

41 Strengths-Based Interventions

This handout lists 41 strengths-based interventions (Powell, 2015) that are organized into six categories based on the areas they target-- the development of Relationships, Optimistic Attitude (Promoting Hope), Assets, Prosocial Behaviors, Intellectual/ learning acquisition, and Provider self care.  

Resilience Protective Factors Checklist (RPFC-Clin)  Clinical version  Rev Sept 2023

This checklist highlights protective factors commonly linked to resilience in youth, parents/caregivers, and others.  The protective factors are categorized into individual, family, and community components.

16 Adversity-Responsive, Resilience-Enhancing Treatment Components (Trauma-Informed)

This list highlights 16 treatment components for working effectively with youth (and adults) who have been impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) including Interpersonal Victimization.

9 Evidence Based Principles

Human behavior is complicated and influenced by many variables, which is why

youth services must be guided by foundational PRINCIPLES that are not only supported by research, but also allow for flexibility to utilize clinical expertise and consider the individual needs of youth and families.  This handout highlights 9 Evidence-Based Principles for effective youth services.

Engaging Caregivers in Youth Services

An essential component to effective youth services is the active involvement of positive, prosocial ‘caregivers’ (parents and other significant adults in a youth’s life). Here's how to engage them.

Burnout Prevention

Strategies for preventing burnout and creating a personal and professional space in which human service workers can thrive.

Key Components for a Healthy, Effective Youth Service Environment

Suggestions for how to create and maintain a healthy, effective youth service environment in residential and detention settings, as well as in community-based agencies

Multiple Intelligence

Youth and adults possess multiple abilities and smarts. This handout highlights eight different areas of intelligence and corresponding occupations that can be further developed in life.

Prevention & Intervention of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Info for Loving Caregivers

Suggestions to assist parents in the prevention and intervention of childhood sexual abuse.

Guidelines for Strengths-Based Supervisors

A key component to creating a strengths-based work environment is ensuring that all your supervisory staff are providing supervision utilizing these guidelines.

Reference List

The most up-to-date list of published research that supports the many facets of a strengths-based approach.

Thinking About Self Care

Good self-care is very important and can lead to a more positive, healthy, and productive life. Listed here are three exercises to get you thinking about your own self-care.

Reference List

The most up-to-date list of published research that supports the many facets of a strengths-based approach.

Stabilizing High-Needs Youth

This handout lists strategies for helping stabilize high-needs youth in residential treatment facilities.  Many of the interventions are also relevant in other settings including homes and schools. 

Reference List

The most up-to-date list of published research that supports the many facets of a strengths-based approach.

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