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Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali

August 2013

In this month's issue I want to share with you what some of your peers across the United States and Canada are talking about on our coaching calls.  You are all working so hard to clarify, integrate and actualize the 3-5-7 Model!


Many of you have asked how you can use the 3-5-7 Model when time is a barrier.  In some of your programs, you have been challenging yourselves to look at the way you are using the time you do have with children and youth-you are seeing the results of using the approach of the 3-5-7 Model and you are craving more great outcomes! 


We have suggested that you take the time that you are given and do the best that you can with it.  If you begin to use the 3-5-7 Model with just one of your youth, this is a good first step!  You will be starting to empower your youth to do their work.


I know you often wonder...How will I get there?  I encourage you to continue to ask the questions; remember, the answers will reveal themselves!


Using the 3-5-7 Workbook
It is great to hear that you are implementing the activities in our workbook with children and families and finding they are helpful for engaging and enhancing communication.  Many of you have been amazed to witness first-hand how the youth you are working with have taken you just where they needed to go.  One of you shared how simply having brightly colored paper on hand is all it takes- your youth goes for the paper immediately to do something with it.

Several times the question has been asked, "What if I don't use an activity from the 3-5-7 Model Workbook?  Does that mean I am not "doing" the 3-5-7 Model?" 


We know that activities often assist youth as they explore the five questions (Who Am I?, What Happened to Me?, Where Am I Going?, How Will I Get There?, When Will I Know I Belong?).  The answers to these questions are the way our youth navigate the three tasks-clarification, integration, and actualization.  When you are using the seven skills, and supporting the youth's expression of feeling, you are in fact "doing" the 3-5-7 Model.  



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Our Facebook page has been active with words of encouragement and validation.  Many of you have "liked" and "shared" our posts-we are excited to have your help to keep this dialog going! 


Our most popular post was seen by 1,407 Facebook users.

Do you think there is a time limit for grief? Can we give our children, youth and families the time that they need?


Book Recommendation
Sharing stories of his own adolescent struggles through the foster care system, Pelzer imparts advice to help young people rise above their circumstances and achieve greatness by never giving up on themselves. He offers teenagers practical solutions for overcoming their own hardships, focusing on three areas: facing current and past problems; realizing the importance of decisions; and finally, never giving up on oneself. Pelzer's message to his reader: they alone have control over the outcomes of their lives. 

About the Author: Dave Pelzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Child Called "It," The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave, Help Yourself, and The Privilege of Youth. He travels extensively speaking to large groups of youth and adults on the topics of resilience and overcoming obstacles.



Credit: Tapestry Books

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Darla L. Henry

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