A video-based program to foster the development
of coping skills
Choices, the latest in our series of video-based educational resources,
was produced in response to teachers' and counselors' requests
for a tool to assist them in helping teens cope with some of the common
problems they experience in the middle and high school years.
This dynamic program stresses practical techniques that kids can apply
when facing tough situations at school and at home. It offers a means for
students to develop effective coping techniques to turn negative situations
into positive experiences. This 25-minute video portrays six open-ended
situations encountered by various teenagers. These include parental and
self-imposed pressure for good grades, rejection in romance, bullying,
death of a loved one, peer rejection, and facing new and difficult situations
such as moving to a new area.
Choices can be tailored to fit into a single class session or multiple
sessions. At the end of the scenarios, you have the opportunity to turn
off the video and lead a lively discussion based on questions listed in
the resource guide. Background information and leader's notes will
give you additional facts on the topic areas presented in each scene. Ideas
for curriculum integration and skills reinforcement in Social Studies,
Language Arts, Health Education, and Math are included. The package also
contains student handouts to photocopy, which feature practical tips and
exercises to help students make positive and productive choices.
Whether you're a teacher or guidance counselor, peer or youth group
advisor, religious or community leader, law enforcement officer or health
professional, the program has an easy-to-follow format, and requires minimal
preparation time. The Choices program will enable you to get young people
thinking and talking about the pressing issues they face.
After viewing the Choices video, participating in the class discussions
and activity sessions, and completing their handouts, students will be
- identify external and internal pressures to get good grades and
list techniques to enhance their school performance.
- list positive steps
to take when rejected by their peers and in their relationships.
state alternatives to reacting violently when in situations with bullies.
effective coping techniques when a loved one dies
- understand the positive
aspects of being in new situations.
How To Obtain A Copy For Your School