I use a lot of metaphors in my work to help adults understand the current, modern world of adolescence. I 'm also different than most youth workers in that I 've seen, worked with, and studied adolescents from more than 100 countries. This has helped me immensely understand the overall, multidimensional process of adolescence as it should be, or as it was designed, compared to the version we are all currently familiar with. With adolescence the second greatest developmental growth spurt we ever go through in this life, it never fails to astound me that we treat the process like unwanted relatives. Frankly, I spent the past ten years trying to figure out how America went from a culture with no need for incarcerating or medicating its teens to a society riddled with such approaches, and apparently growing more reliant on them even though they don 't seem to be working very well.
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