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Calming Young Minds

Highly recommend reading “Calming Young Minds”. You will be a better educator and your students will definitely benefit.


If you’re an educator or social worker who wants to make a real difference in the lives of struggling teens, Calming Young Minds is the book for you. Written by Joseph S. McQueen, an education consultant, and director of alternative education with over 20 years of experience working with at-risk youth, this book offers a unique perspective on understanding mental health, de-escalation, trauma, and restorative practices in teens. McQueen’s book delivers an authentic, research-based approach to understanding and working with kids who struggle with social-emotional issues.

Unlike other books on the topic, Calming Young Minds draws from real-world experience and practical, research-based solutions that have been tested and proven effective in the trenches of the classroom. McQueen knows firsthand what it’s like to work with kids whom others have written off, and here he shares his hard-won insights and strategies. With strikingly positive feedback from educators and social workers who have attended his training and presentations, McQueen’s book is both practical and inspiring. Whether you’re a teacher, social worker, or another professional who works with kids, Calming Young Minds is an essential resource for understanding and supporting the emotional needs of today’s youth.

Calming Young Minds is a call to action for anyone who cares about our children’s and society’s future.

Book Reviews
I've sat in a few of Joe's presentations. I bought the book a week ago. It was a quick read and a valuable one. I think every school and police department should have trainings that focus on trauma and restorative practices. How can you heal a wound without first washing it first? Teachers often overlook the student's background and think they should be robots. The book has helped me become more mindful and sympathetic. It has helped me to better address high conflict siutuations and de-escalate properly. It has also added to my knowledge of mental health disorders. I highly recommend this book for those wondering what else they can do to be present and come from a place of positivity when working with children.
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Highly recommend reading “Calming Young Minds”. You will be a better educator and your students will definitely benefit.