Consultation for Youth Groups by Joan Hernandez


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Making decisions in a group is often challenging. The more dominating members usually tend to impose their ideas, or the discussion bogs down, and no decision is made.

The practice of consultation provides a solution to this dilemma by focusing on the decision-making process as a joint search for truth, in which each person’s perceptions and ideas contribute to a fuller understanding of the reality of a given situation and consequently to better decisions. Consultation is based on specific guidelines that encourage all participants to share what their conscience dictates while respecting the ideas of others, no matter how different these may be from their own.

For that purpose, this book focuses on youth, including numerous stories with which they can identify to encourage the development of personal qualities, such as purity of intention, patience, and a spirit of service, which incites a spirit of unity in the group. The concepts are explained in language, which is easy to understand, and discussion questions or brief activities are provided after each section to aid in assimilating the contents. Youth, junior youth, and all who work with groups of junior high or high school youth will find this book helpful, enjoyable, and immensely beneficial.

About the Author

Although born and raised in the United States, Joan Hernandez has spent most of her adult life in Latin America and considers herself a world citizen. Since 1990, she has worked with Núr University in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in the fields of education and leadership, with an emphasis on human values. She is the author or co-author of more than twenty books in the fields of leadership, education, family life, and the Baha\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’i Faith. Each year she conducts numerous workshops related to the topics of her books throughout Latin America, as well as in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa.


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