Waltzing with Wolverines: Finding Connection and Cooperation with Troubled Teens

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In these pages you’ll find riveting stories illustrating clear principles for achieving success with even the most trying of teenagers. In a job where average length of employment is measured in months, and many last only weeks, Mark Andreas not only survived, but thrived while working round-the-clock with troubled teens. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a youth leader, or anyone wanting to connect with and support the teens in your life, may this book offer you an enjoyable road map on the journey.

Excerpt from the Introduction:

“I didn’t think you’d last beyond your first expedition,” the ex Army Ranger exclaimed, shaking my hand with a firm grasp despite missing nearly all of four fingers on his right hand. “When I first met you two years ago, I thought the kids would eat you up.”

Memories from expedition after expedition flooded through me, reminding me why so many other trip leaders didn’t last. There was the time Toby drank his own pee and pooped in his hands, chasing the other kids around camp with his weapon of mass disruption, then dropping his bio-terrorism in favor of threatening to stab me with his tent stakes.... There was the time Christine and Kendra cheeked their meds, crushed them up, and did lines off the office toilet seat.... On our drive to New Mexico, Adrian had a temper tantrum and shattered the front windshield of the car.... And there was the expedition when Tom and Ken stole my Subaru key and managed to use it to start the pick-up truck in the middle of the night, escaping to a nearby town where they robbed a ski shop before driving the wrong way down a one-way street only to discover a police car coming the other direction....

These experiences profoundly transformed my understanding of how to work with youth, teaching me vital lessons that I want to share with you, so you can be as impactful as possible with the teens in your life.

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About the Author:

Mark Andreas grew up in the Rocky Mountains, led wilderness trips throughout his college years, and from 2006-2008 he worked as a counselor/trip leader for the Monarch Center for Family Healing, a wilderness therapy company. At Monarch Mark led groups of troubled youth on three-week-long backpacking expeditions throughout the western United States, facilitating both individual therapy and group process on a round-the-clock basis while also teaching wilderness skills. Since working at Monarch, Mark has been in private practice offering Personal Change Coaching to individuals around the world, meeting both in-person and over Skype to help people achieve life-goals and resolve limitations using NLP, Core Transformation, and other methods for personal transformation and development (www.markandreas.com). Mark offers custom trainings nationally, is an instructor of NLP at Red Rocks Community College, and a trainer for the NLP of the Rockies’ Real World Integrated NLP Practitioner Training program. His previous book, Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree: 61 stories of creative and compassionate ways out of conflict, is a collection of true stories of creative responses to conflict, endorsed by Dan Millman and William Ury.

Review:

“In Waltzing with Wolverines, Andreas redefines how to build relationship and trust with so-called ‘troubled’ youth. In these pages, you’ll find a treasure trove of teaching and leadership stories, tools, and techniques. But this book is about much more than a list of behavior management strategies—it’s a clarion call to re-envision our relationship with our young people by creating relationships that are simultaneously more empowering and more effective for instructors and students alike. This is a must read for anyone working in the fields of wilderness therapy and outdoor education.”
—Jay Roberts, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, Earlham College

“This book is a wonderful guide, not only for parents of ‘troubled’ or ‘resistant’ kids, but for every parent. If Mark had given only bullet points, like so many other books do, I'd have read and forgotten them by now. Instead, through the memorable stories Mark tells, the lessons are still clear in my mind. I wish I could have read this wise book when our children were younger, but I’ll buy it for them now before they make the same mistakes with our precious grandchildren.”
—Ben Leichtling, Ph.D. Author of How to stop bullies in their tracks and Bullies Below the Radar.

“Waltzing with Wolverines is a remarkable piece of work. This is a book of practical, nuts-and-bolts wisdom about working with youth on the edge. Anyone who works with young people will find useful ideas and inspiration in these pages.”
—Mark Gerzon, author of Leading through Conflict (Harvard Business School Press)

“If you are a parent, you need to commit the principles and techniques expressed in this book to your heart and mind so that you can remain sane during adolescence. If your child is already a teenager this book will become your and your child's best friend. Using the techniques expressed so eloquently by the author allows you not only to reconcile problems expressed by your children, your spouse, your colleagues but also to reconcile the more frustrating and problematic non-expressed problems, all in a non-confronting manner. This book should be a mainstay of communication programs.”
—Melissa J. Roth CHt., Ph.D.

“Mark doesn’t just discuss theories and philosophies of becoming a master facilitator for ‘at risk’ youth, he models how it works in almost any possible scenario with brilliance, patience and true genius! If you want to become a master leader with teens in any venue, then this book is your bible for how to do it with great humanness, compassion, humor and brilliance.”
—Kimberly Kassner, author of, You’re a Genius—And I Can Prove It! and Founder of EmpowerMind

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