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SOCIAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING GANG VIOLENCE

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									  SOCIAL ISSUES
 IN COUNSELING:
GANG VIOLENCE
    PREPARED BY:
    ANDREW GIL
    STACY HIXON
• Continuing and growing trend due to lack of
outreach and lack of understanding
Synopsis:
Ryan, Miller-Loesi, & Nieri
      Predicting Gang Membership

•Lack of role of a significant adult in life
•At risk youth lack relationship with school personnel
•Unhealthy relationship with school and peers > lack
of communication
•Neighborhood the adolescents are surrounded by
Synopsis (continued):
Lopez, Wishard, Gallimore, & Rivera
      Latino HS Students Perceptions of Gangs

•Like minded individuals who engage in initiation
rituals and extremely violent behavior
•ESL, low income, poor schools, lack of work
•Latino families gangs are viewed as way to rebel
against institution that oppressed them
•Looking for a family, sense of belonging
•Schools need to provide resources
Synopsis (continued):
Rios
     Education or Incarceration

•Negative interactions with school personnel on a daily
basis
•Lack of outreach from school and police
•Embarrassment/brutality/bullying from adults
•Lack of resources
•Gang members want change, but they are looked down
upon
•Racially targeted
•Lack of trust and genuine relationships with anyone
Synopsis (continued):
Dishion, Nelson, & Yasui
      Predicting Gang Involvement

•Academic failure, antisocial behavior, relating to others
who are also unsuccessful and deviant
•Starts at age 13 and escalates tremendously to age 18
•Drug abuse
    EFFECT ON STUDENT AND THEIR
        EDUCATIONAL PROCESS
•Upbringing and neighborhood are hard to escape
•Dropout
•Absenteeism               •Peer rejection
•Teen pregnancy            •Acceptance
•Suspension/expulsion      •Ability to work
•Violence                  •Lack of education
•Drug abuse                •Death
•Physical/mental abuse     •Incarceration
•Weapons                   •Lack of trust
               To Ponder:
Schools   automatically target at-risk students and
do nothing to increase their interest in school
Its not always the adolescent
Mentoring program
Workshops
College awareness group
Increase confidence by support and genuine
relationships
Reach out to leaders of the gang
    As a counselor, my role:
Create  a safe environment
Identify gang members
Identify at-risk youth
Provide resources to help students
 build social and academic success

								
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