Teen Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Teens

HOW CAN THESE RESOURCES BE USED IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

It is important to understand your community to know what programs you might want to use, but we can guarantee that if you have teens, you have people who are at least a bit stressed and are looking for places to have authentic conversations. Both of the teen the resources are meant to help promote conversation, build self-awareness, create community, and teens everywhere are looking for these things. These resources then can be used with large or small groups in any place where teens are gathering with a trusted adult. 

You will have to decide if your group of teens would be interested in a committed group where sharing is encouraged and everyone is dedicated to working on making healthy changes (The Teen Wellness Circle Program), or if your group would be better served with an overview of the eight areas of wellness first (The Teen Compass Wellness Notebook). You know best.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TEEN COMPASS WELLNESS NOTEBOOK AND THE TEEN WELLNESS CIRCLE PROGRAM?

The Teen Compass Wellness Notebook is meant for already existing groups, camps, or classroom settings; places where teens are already gathering or meeting.  It is intended to serve an in-depth look at each of the eight areas of wellness and to help young people see how they are interconnected. Using this resource, teens begin to look at their own lives and begin, many for the first time,  the process of self-reflection. Group discussion is encouraged, but sharing is not required. Any teacher or teen group leader can easily use this resource.

The Teen Wellness Circle Program is, on the other hand, intended for a group of teens who, wanting to reduce stress in their lives and to be empowered in their lives, are willing to join a facilitated wellness circle for six sessions.  In the wellness circle teens take an assessment that covers all eight areas of wellness, then over six weeks work on paying more attention to one of those areas. Each week there is a group discussion related to some truth about change and reducing stress, and group members share the progress or challenges they are experiencing as they strive to create greater wellness for themselves.


WHO CAN USE THE TEEN COMPASS WELLNESS NOTEBOOK & DO THEY NEED TRAINING?

Anyone who is working with already existing groups, at camps, or in classroom settings; places where teens are already gathering or meeting.  With this being said it is also being used by counselors who work one on one with students.  It is a flexible resource. It had a leader’s guide but people are creative and thus it is being used in a multitude of places, by a multitude of people, in a variety of ways. 

No training is necessary. The leader’s guide is enough for this resource. 


IS THERE A BULK DISCOUNT IF I BUY A LARGE QUANTITY OF THE TEEN WELLNESS COMPASS NOTEBOOKS FOR A SCHOOL OR LARGE GROUP?

Actually, yes. If you are from an organization that would like to order over 30 of the notebooks we can give you a discount. We can also discuss a discount if you are a non-profit or are serving a population that cannot afford to buy the notebooks.  For either if these special situations exists for you, please email us at info@samaritanfamilywellness.org to discuss.


WHAT TRAINING IS NEEDED TO LEAD A TEEN WELLNESS CIRCLE?

No training is necessary, but it is advised that you read through the facilitator guide thoroughly, and take some time to listen to the tutorials as well. Once you have done these two things and have internalized the process you should be ready to go.

If attending a training with the creators of the program is possible that would also be great but is certainly not necessary. In person trainings prepare people to facilitate all of the three types of wellness circles: adult, parent or teen and are completed within one day.


WHO CAN BECOME A TEEN WELLNESS CIRCLE PROGRAM FACILITATOR?

Anyone who is comfortable running groups, who connects with teens, and can offer compassionate listening with sincere and gentle encouragement can fulfill this role. A wellness circle facilitator will be involved in helping to support teens as they seek to create a life of less stress and healthier choices. Anyone who can offer compassionate listening with sincere and gentle encouragement can fulfill this role. 

Wellness circles are designed to provide a safe space for folks to decipher what changes they want to make, and then provide time and space for them to discover how to make those changes. At the core, the wellness circle facilitator will help need to know how to create a space for participants to become the experts on their own lives and to help them take concrete steps to make greater wellness a reality for them.

They must also recruit circle members, take care of all communication and all other responsibilities required to run the group start to finish.


WHERE CAN I ATTEND A TRAINING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEEN COMPASS WELLNESS NOTEBOOK & TEEN WELLNESS CIRCLES?

We offer in person trainings that cover all of our programs - adult, teen, and parent. These are one day trainings that include meals.

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WHAT SKILLS ARE PROMOTED BY THE TEEN COMPASS WELLNESS NOTEBOOK?

The Teen Compass Wellness Notebook works to promote healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship, and self awareness, has thus created tools to support the work of any organization that strives to help young people grow up to be healthy and happy adults.

The Teen Compass’s tools help teens:

Grow CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP by:
- Promoting self responsibility
- Practicing decision-making and planning
- Finding the worth and fun in contributing to their community

Engage in EDUCATION & CAREER by:
- Supporting engagement in school and work
- Helping students examine their own part in creating success
- Encouraging the development of their unique gifts and talents
- Promoting the making of life giving, future focused decisions

Develop HEALTH & LIFE SKILLS by:
- Supporting young people’s capacity to engage in positive behavior
- Nurturing their own well-being
- Encouraging them to set personal goals
- Helping them see themselves in the future as successful, self-sufficient adults
- Strengthening social and interpersonal skills

Benefit from SPORTS, FITNESS & RECREATION by:
- Developing a life of fitness
- Reflecting on positive use of leisure time
- Practicing the reduction of stress
- Building an appreciation for the environment