Arkansas- Florida ATSA Full Day Online Training

December 4, 2020 - 9:30am - 4:30pm EST

Strength-Based Practices for At-Risk (At-Promise) Youth and Adults

At-risk (at-promise) youth and adults often enter sex offense-specific (SOS) services presenting with mistrust, defensiveness, hopelessness, shame, oppositional defiance, and other responses that can impede effective work. There is growing empirical support for utilizing a strengths-based approach that helps create an environment in which clients begin to feel psychologically safe, open, and engaged in services.  Strengths-based practices not only help mitigate problem behaviors but assist clients in developing the skills and knowledge for leading interpersonally healthy, prosocial lives.

This presentation will highlight key strengths-based concepts and interventions that are essential tools for all SOS providers including clinicians, direct care staff, probation officers, parole officers, caseworkers, teachers, attorneys, judges, and caregivers.¬†¬†It is an¬†approach that promotes positive relationships, instills hope & resilience, meets basic human needs, identifies approach goals, and enhances prosocial life skills.¬† Information will be shared for how to create ‚Äėstrengths-based teams‚Äô and how to manage the challenges of COVID-19.¬† ¬†

Florida or Arkansas ATSA Members


Non FL & AR ATSA Members





Kevin M. Powell, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist/ Trainer/ Consultant

Adjunct Faculty, Dept of Psychology, Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado   USA

(970) 214-6413

Kevin M. Powell, Ph.D.¬†is a licensed psychologist,¬†trainer, and consultant¬†who has been providing assessment and treatment services to at-risk¬†(or what he likes to call ‚Äėat-promise‚Äô)¬†children, adolescents, young adults, and their families for the past 3 decades.¬† He has worked in schools, community-based agencies, hospitals, and residential programs including¬†20+ years in a maximum-security detention center.¬†Dr. Powell is also an adjunct faculty member at Colorado State University in the Department of Psychology where he is conducting research on protective factors associated with resilience in youth and adults (Powell, et al, 2020).

Kevin has written several book chapters focusing on strengths-based, sex offense-specific services.  He has also authored a book titled, A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention with At-Risk Youth (2015) and a children’s book, Our Very Special Bodies (2014).  His children’s book helps increase children’s knowledge about their bodies and promote open communication within families to help reduce the risk of childhood sexual victimization.

Dr. Powell presents nationally and internationally on a variety of strengths-based topics to promote healthy, resilient child, adolescent, and adult development.  Additional information can be found at