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The adopted teen workbook : develop confidence, strength, & resilience on the path to adulthood / Barbara Neiman.

By: Neiman, Barbara [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oakland, CA : Instant Help Books, an imprint of New Harbinger Publications, Inc., [2019]Description: xii, 163 pages ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781684031412; 1684031419.Subject(s): Adopted children -- Psychology -- Juvenile literature | Self-actualization (Psychology) in adolescence -- Juvenile literature | Adolescent psychology -- Juvenile literature | Adolescent psychology | Adopted children -- Psychology | Self-actualization (Psychology) in adolescenceGenre/Form: Juvenile works. | Problems and exercises. | Problems and exercises.DDC classification: 155.50854 | 362.734
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Written for teens who were adopted, this compassionate workbook will help give you the strength, resilience, and confidence you need to thrive--now and on into adulthood.

If you're like many other adopted teens, you may wonder about your birth family. You may question why you were given up. And you may even grapple with feelings of isolation, abandonment, and broken trust. These feelings are valid and deserve to be addressed. This workbook is designed to help you open the door to questioning, explore painful feelings, and develop the skills needed to be a happy and grounded adult.

The Adopted Teen Workbook teaches powerful self-resiliency, mindfulness, and somatic skills to help you explore your unique identity as an adopted teen. You'll find tools to manage loss and grief, and activities that include checklists, contemplations, skill-building, and journaling to help you chronicle present, past, and future relationships with both your adoptive and birth parents.

This workbook begins with your first recognition of having been adopted and the feelings that come with that. You will then explore memories of the past and begin work on understanding emotions of anger, shame, and loss. Finally, you'll learn ways to heal these wounds, learn to trust, and fully connect with both yourself and others.

Includes bibliographical reference (page 165).

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • Letter to Teen Readers (p. xi)
  • Part I Building Self-Resiliency Skills With Mindfulness and Breath
  • Activity 1 Deciding to Keep This Book Private Or Share It (p. 2)
  • Activity 2 Present-Moment Awareness (p. 5)
  • Activity 3 Facing Fears and Accepting Your Truth (p. 10)
  • Activity 4 Families With Different Races, Religions, Cultures, and Sexual Preferences (p. 15)
  • Activity 5 Guided Imagery Helps Stress (p. 20)
  • Activity 6 Somatic Awareness (p. 24)
  • Activity 7 Use Your Senses to Know Your Intuition (p. 28)
  • Activity 8 Your Safety Container (p. 33)
  • Part II Understanding Your Brain, Body Emotions, and Past Trauma
  • Activity 9 Managing Your Triggers and Intense Emotions (p. 38)
  • Activity 10 Healing Your Inner Child (p. 42)
  • Activity 11 Checking In With Your Body When Taking Risks (p. 47)
  • Activity 12 Your Stress, Your Body (p. 53)
  • Activity 13 Vulnerability and Strength at Your Center (p. 57)
  • Part III Finding and Exploring Who You Are
  • Activity 14 Who Is In Your Tribe? (p. 62)
  • Activity 15 Celebrate Your Uniqueness, Strengths, and Challenges (p. 67)
  • Activity 16 Healing Wounds With Creative Expression (p. 72)
  • Activity 17 The Roots of Your Identity (p. 76)
  • Activity 18 Know Yourself (p. 79)
  • Activity 19 Transracial or Interracial Adoption (p. 84)
  • Activity 20 Expressing Yourself Safely With Your Family (p. 92)
  • Activity 21 Restorative Yoga (p. 97)
  • Part IV Skills For Moving Through The Hurt
  • Activity 22 Forgiveness and Gratitude For The Gift of Life (p. 102)
  • Activity 23 Understanding Loss and Grief (p. 108)
  • Activity 24 Healing From Toxic Shame (p. 114)
  • Activity 25 Getting Over Abandonment (p. 118)
  • Part V Healing Early Memories
  • Activity 26 The First Time You Learned That You Were Adopted (p. 124)
  • Activity 27 Saying "I'm Adopted" Out Loud (p. 128)
  • Activity 28 Adverse Childhood Experiences (p. 132)
  • Activity 29 Recovering Early Memories (p. 136)
  • Activity 30 Loving Yourself and Asking, "Was I Loved?" (p. 141)
  • Part VI Strategies for Moving Forward
  • Activity 31 What Is Your Story? (p. 148)
  • Activity 32 Do You Want to Search for Your Birth Parents? (p. 151)
  • Activity 33 Empathizing With Your Parents (p. 155)
  • Activity 34 Expressing Gratitude (p. 160)
  • Resources (p. 165)