Research Press is excited to publish this newly expanded and updated resource from the best-selling evidence based EQUIP program. The EQUIP Program for High-Risk Adolescents: Serving Residential and Community Agencies, with its motivating–equipping rationale, has a historical background, which spans decades. The basic idea and core program of the original EQUIP book and implementation guide—motivating and equipping aggressive youths to think and act responsibly—has not changed. Yet, important innovations have emerged and are included in this new edition. There are four main expansions, responsive to trends since 1995: community agencies, life issues, self-debasing cognitive distortions, and social media.
EQUIP starts, in residential and even community agencies, by turning around negative peer influences—the high-risk youth’s negative (e.g., irresponsible, destructive) immediate culture. EQUIP is a comprehensive program: It utilizes both motivating (peer-helping) and equipping (cognitive behavioral) approaches.
According to author John C. Gibbs, the revised and expanded edition was a culmination of updating, research, and implementation: “For decades since 1995, we’ve been updating and expanding the contents of EQUIP, and how we felt it was now imperative to make available what we’ve learned, to serve not only residential but also community agencies.”
The basic idea and core program of EQUIP—motivating and equipping aggressive youths to think and act responsibly—has not changed. Yet, some important innovations have emerged and are included in this new edition.
This revised and expanded edition now combines The EQUIP Program and The EQUIP Implementation Guide in a single book.
About the Authors:
Granville Bud Potter (MEd, Bowling Green State University, 1975) has extensive administrator, practitioner, trainer, and consultant experience in juvenile and adult corrections. He is a coauthor of The EQUIP Program: Teaching Youth to Think and Act Responsibly Through a Peer-Helping Approach (and first author of The EQUIP Implementation Guide).
John C. Gibbs (PhD, Harvard University, 1972) is professor of developmental psychology at The Ohio State University. His work has concerned developmental theory, assessment of social cognition and moral judgment development, and interventions with conduct-disordered adolescents
Molly Robbins (MCJ, Criminal Justice Administration, Tiffin University, 2002) directs the Group Violence Intervention initiative in Columbus, Ohio. She previously served as regional director of operations at an addiction treatment center, where she oversaw several medication-assisted treatment centers in Ohio.
Peter E. Langdon (DClinPsy, 2000, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London; PhD, 2010, Tizard Centre, University of Kent; Fellow, British Psychological Society) is a professor at the University of Warwick, working within a research center focused upon people with dual diagnosis and youth mental health.