ASSET is a video-based training package that includes two DVDs, a 174-page leader’s guide, and a set of reproducible program materials. The training approach combines on-screen modeling scenes, group discussions, role plays, and homework assignments to teach adolescents the skills they need for successful social interactions. ASSET features 32 realistic scenes of adolescents modeling appropriate and inappropriate behaviors with peers, parents, teachers, and other adults. Peer narrators introduce each scene, discuss what went right or wrong, and suggest additional ways of handling the situations.
ASSET’s video component serves as a powerful teaching tool. Each video segment contains four vignettes that focus on a specific skill area. These areas have been selected as critical to social development by psychologists, educators, parents, and teenagers themselves.
Segment 1: Giving Positive Feedback—Thanking or complimenting others.
Segment 2: Giving Negative Feedback—Expressing criticism or disappointment in a calm, nonthreatening manner.
Segment 3: Accepting Negative Feedback—Listening calmly to criticism, asking permission to tell your side of the story.
Segment 4: Resisting Peer Pressure—Saying no, giving a personal reason, suggesting alternative activities.
Segment 5: Problem Solving—Identifying problems, considering consequences, determining possible solutions.
Segment 6: Negotiation—Resolving conflicts with others, suggesting solutions, asking for alternatives, learning to compromise.
Segment 7: Following Instructions—Listening carefully, acknowledging, clarifying, following through.
Segment 8: Conversation—Interacting with others, introducing yourself, initiating and maintaining a conversation.
Section One—Training Manual
- Putting the Program in Perspective
- Starting the Group
- Teaching the Skills
- Using Group Leader Skills
- Conducting Group Meetings
- Making Group Rules and Handling Problem Behaviors
- Maintaining the Skills and Ending the Program
- Evaluating the Program
Section Two—Quick-Reference Guides
- Giving Positive Feedback
- Giving Negative Feedback
- Accepting Negative Feedback
- Resisting Peer Pressure
- Problem Solving
- Following Instructions
- Review—Final Meeting
- Skill Sheets
- Home Notes
- Criterion Checklists
- Pre- and Post-Training Checklists
- Pre- and Post-Training Parent Questionnaire
- Pre- and Post-Training Participant Questionnaire
- Parent Satisfaction Questionnaire
- Participant Satisfaction Questionnaire
- Referral Source Satisfaction Questionnaire
- Group Leader Checklist
- Parent Consent Form
- Participant Consent Form
- Sample Parent Letter
- Sample Telephone Conversation with Parents