Saturday, January 5, 2013

Substance Abuse 411-#55-Creative Writing Programs as Therapy for Kids in Detention-Mercy Pilkington


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Substance Abuse 411 #55-Creative Writing Program as Therapy for Kids in Detention-Mercy Pilkington

Thousands of young persons are incarcerated across the United States for various reasons. Many are repeat offenders. Most suffer from dysfunctional homes, depression, low self esteem and of course substance abuse problems. The question is, how do we try and stop the cycle of youth in and out of the justice system?

Mercy Pilkington an English Instructor at the Coosa Valley Youth services which operates a transitional facility for juvenile offenders, is using a creative writing program. However this writing program has a twist.

Mercy not only has "students" write poetry, short stories or whatever they wish, but she posts them on a website She does this with the young person's permission.

What makes this sharing of these writings helpful is that most receive comments back of a very positive nature.  This helps build the self esteem of many and hopefully shows them that there are people out there that care about them.

Listen to this edition of Substance Abuse 411 as we chat with Mercy and learn about how this program is working to change lives.


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