Articles and Papers


 
 
Title

Connecting Authority - Towards a new form of authority, based on the principles of Non-Violent Resistance

Psychotherapists working in the Dutch mental health care system (GGZ) for youth are often confronted with parents who feel terrorized by their child. The externalizing or internalizing problem behavior that these children exhibit
makes them feel helpless and desperate. Regular escalations combined with children unmotivated to seek help results in both parents and caregivers veering towards using classic authority based on punishment, force and pressure. The focus of this article is on a new way of looking at authority: connecting authority. The authors link the search for authority to the correlation between authority and forming one’s identity as well as to societal changes in the past decades, giving rise to tensions between authority and attachment. Connecting authority is based on the principles of nonviolent resistance and performs the seemingly impossible task of uniting extremes: hierarchical difference with relational proximity, a loving environment with clear boundaries, resisting the unacceptable behavior with belief in the other’s potential. This is conveyed in a practical way, as a method that provides anchor points for parents and therapists in their difficult and paradoxical quest to integrate connection with authority, in case of serious behavioral problems, as well as for ordinary educational issues.

 

Submitter's Details

Hans Bom & Eliane Wiebenga

Language Dutch
Reference & Remarks

Published in: Dutch Journal of Psychotherapy, July 2017

(Read here)

Title

Connecting Authority - implementations with police officers

Dr. Ziv Gilad describes a pilot study comparing the behaviour of two groups of police officers in a simulated conflict situation; one had received training in NVR and CA and the other (the control group) had not. This interesting study has implications for the training of police especially where there is a climate of high conflict.

Read here the German publication and read here in Hebrew.

Submitter's Details

Dr. Ziv Gilad

Language German, Hebrew
Reference & Remarks

A chapter in English from the author is available also here.

 
Title

Vigilant Caretaking for Teenagers

A description of the handbook ‘Vigilant caretaking for teenagers’ is provided here by the author. The handbook combines the mindset of solution-focused with the concepts of ‘New Authority’ and NVR. The handbook defines various tools, language guidance, applications and techniques that can be employed in groups, but also in one-on-one sessions with parents.

Submitter's Details

Sven Bussens

Language

English

Reference & Remarks

 

Title

We have a dream – we are, where the youngsters are!

The writers describe a new education program assimilated in a closed residential youth care called IZEO. IZEO stands for Integrated Care and Education and intend to combine education and treatment in a way that enhances transparency, break the secrecy, create a safe environment and improves the support network through working alliances between colleagues.

Submitter's Details

Dominique van Munster & Lianneke Ramaekers

Language

English

Reference & Remarks

 

Title

The importance of the link between NVR and NA

The Article calls for a dialog concerning the difference between NVR and New Authority. The author describes the taboo on the word Authority and in what ways in her opinion should NVR be used.

Submitter's Details

Veerle Lisabeth

Language Dutch
Reference & Remarks

 

Title

The New Authority: Family, School, and Community – Forward

(click to download)

The book's forward, written by Idan Amiel, describes the clinical process our team has undergone over the last decade. A process that has led to the creation and definition of the New Authority concept.
The forward also presents a brief overview of the different chapters of the book and the main topics of the New Authority.
Submitter's Details Idan Amiel
Language English
Reference & Remarks An excerpt of the book is available at Cambridge University press here.
Title

New Authority and Non Violent Resistance.

An introduction to the concept, mindset and tools.

(click to download)

This article is based on a interview with Idan Amiel.

In this article you can find a walk through the concept of New Authority and Nonviolent Resistance. Idan talks about: the essence  of New Authority, cultural sensitive implementation in different contexts, a small history of development, tools and examples of Nonviolent Resistance, the need of belonging and the African saying: It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.

 

 

Idan Amiel and Michal Herbsman announce what participants of the upcoming course of three days in November 2017 in Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium can expect. Read here more about this NA training.

Submitter's Details

Sven Bussens

Center for Solution Focused Work and Coaching.
University College Ghent -             Education, Health and Social Work

Language Dutch
Reference & Remarks

Published in: AGORA. Journal of Youth care. Informant.
33(1), 39-44, 2017

Title

Adaptation and evaluation of a nonviolent resistance intervention for foster parents: A progress report.

Foster care faces serious challenges, such as behavioral problems in foster children and parental stress and ineffective parenting behavior in foster parents. The results of a pilot study that evaluated a training program for foster parents based on nonviolent resistance are described.

In a pretest–posttest design, data were collected from 25 families. Significant
reductions in externalizing, internalizing, and total problem behavior in the foster children and in parenting stress were found. Using a reliable change index, significant improvements in externalizing, internalizing, and total problem behavior were found in, respectively, 72, 44, and 80% of the cases. Most improvements proved to be clinically relevant. Effect sizes ranged from medium to large for problem behavior, and from small to medium for parenting
stress.

Submitter's Details

Prof. Frank Van Holen

Language English
Reference & Remarks Published in: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42(2), 256-271, 2016. doi:10.1111/jmft.12125.
Title

Training in Nonviolent Resistance for Foster Parents: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The aim of this study is to evaluate a training in non-violent resistance (NVR) for foster parents who take care of a foster child (ages 6-18) with externalizing problem behavior. Methods: A randomized controlled trial was used to compare an intervention group (NVR, n ¼ 31) with a treatment as usual control group (TAU, n ¼ 31). The NVR-intervention consists of ten weekly home sessions. Measures regarding behavioral problems in foster children, parenting stress and parenting practices in foster mothers, and the size of the supportive network were assessed before, after treatment, and at three months follow-up.

Results: NVR showed to be an acceptable approach that lead to an increase in experienced support and some promising changes in parenting stress and parenting practices. Conclusion: Implementation of this intervention might increase the effectiveness of foster care. More longitudinal research using a Multi-trait-multi-method-approach is however needed.

Submitter's Details

Frank Van Holen

Language English
Reference & Remarks Published in: Research on Social Work Practice, (2016). DOI: 10.1177/1049731516662915.
Title

Connecting Authority in Primary Schools

Teachers nowadays need to confront oppositional behavior and aggression in the classroom. How can a teacher shape an authority role without returning to the classic top-down authority? Connecting Authority, based on principles of Non-Violent Resistance, offers a clear vision and concrete tools to achieve this goal.

Submitter's Details

Eliane Wiebenga & Eefke Faasen

Language Dutch
Reference & Remarks

Published in: Dutch Journal Youth in School and World

(Read here)

 

Title

Multi-stressed families, child violence and the larger system: an adaptation of the nonviolent model

Non Violent Resistance (NVR) aims to change family relationships, when children and young people show violent, aggressive or self-destructive
behaviour. Trauma in multi-stressed families necessitates an adaptation of the original NVR approach in order to meet these clients’ specific
therapeutic needs when child violence arises. The author has developed such an adaptation. This article gives an overview of the larger system
aspect of the adapted NVR model, illustrating how NVR core principles are applied to help family members develop a sense of safety within the
larger system, so the nuclear family itself can become a safe and supportive recovery environment.

Submitter's Details

Dr. Peter Jakob

Language English
Reference & Remarks

Published in: Journal of Family Therapy (2016).
DOI: 10.1111/1467-6427.12133

Title The New Authority: Family, School, and Community – Chapter 1 (click to download) In the first chapter of the book Prof. Haim Omer presents the need for a new model of authority for parents, teachers, and community workers. Prof. Omer describes guidelines for an authority figure that are suitable for today's free and pluralistic societies.
This chapter is a must read and an excellent starting point for individuals looking for a basic understanding of the topics and ideas presented and discussed in this website.
Submitter's Details Prof. Haim Omer
Language English
Reference & Remarks More excerpt of the book is available at Cambridge University press here.
Title An interview with a primary school principal about his view on the New Authority concept.(click to download)

The interview describes the implementation process the school team did with Manuela Duft and René Frey from isi-netz24. A project group was set to work together and built support, parents were involved as supporters. After 2 years the most impressive result was declared by the school principal: “We do not just talk about ‘Stärke statt Macht’, we are increasingly living this attitude.” 

Submitter's Details Claudia Seefeldt
Language German
Remarks read more at isi-netz24.
Title Adapting supporter groups into Residential care:
Using the organizational hierarchy in service of New Authority
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NA has been increasingly used as a method to help educational teams deal with behavioral problems of children in residential care. The NA model focuses on strengthening the authority of caregivers threw an intervention process. Educators work as part of a team in a social hierarchical organization. To further the work on adapting the method to this unique setting there is a need to consider the organizational structure, it’s impact on the educators and implications for the intervention. In this paper, I focus on the authority of the educators and how they experience it as workers. I discuss my view on organizational dynamics influencing the educators. I share my ideas on how to evaluate the nature of these dynamic. I end with a suggestion on how to intervene in such a medium based on the NA tool of supporters group.

Submitter's Details Maisam Madi
Language English
Remarks Contact for info/comments: maisam.madi@gmail.com
 
Title Implementing New Authority in residential care
- the process of strengthening the authority of a team
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Residential groups for children are common in the Belgium wealth fare system. In groups designated for children with emotional and behavioral problems, aggression and violence in the residential house is common. While NVR has been a model that confronts violence in residential settings for several years, the new authority model (NA) still needs adaption to this setting. In this paper, I present a process of strengthening authority figures in a residential team using the NA model. I share challenges found in this setting and how they were handled. I conclude with thoughts of residential care as a work place with unique challenges. I end with suggested NA knowledge and skills that should be at focus for each position of the team during an implementation process.

Submitter's Details Maisam Madi
Language English
Remarks Contact for info/comments: maisam.madi@gmail.com
Title Implementing NVR in teams of Sporen: an ongoing process  (click to download)

This article sketches the process of the implementation of NVR and New Authority in ‘Sporen vzw’, an organization for Youth Care in Belgium. The paper describes how it started and how over the years more and more actions were taken for implementing NVR&NA in the teams. The paper stars with a short presentation of the organization ‘Sporen vzw’ describes how gradually NVR ideas were spread and later New Authority concepts were implemented.  Finally the paper describes the up-to-date process which is running in the teams ‘De Pas’ and ‘Traject’ and the future prospect for this implementations.

Submitter's Details Philippe Collart
Language English
Remarks Contact for info/comments: philippe.collart@sporen.be
Title NonViolent Resistance and the New Authority in family therapy, education and psychiatric care The booklet describes several applications and illustrations of Nonviolent Resistance (NVR) and the New Authority (NA) in the Fields of Family Therapy, Education and Psychiatric Care. The contributions are written by team members of the New Authority Center in Tel Aviv.

In dit boek worden verschillende toepassingen en illustraties beschreven over Geweldloos Verzet en de Nieuwe Autoriteit in familietherapie, onderwijs en psychiatrische zorg. De bijdragen zijn geschreven door leden van het ‘New Authority Center’ te Tel Aviv, verreweg het meest ervaren team in het gebruik van de concepten ‘Geweldloos Verzet’ en ‘Nieuwe Autoriteit’.
Submitter's Details Frank Van Holen
Language English
Remarks Excerpt of the booklet is available at VUBpress here
Title GEWELDLOOS VERZET OP SCHOOL

A good teacher not only has didactic competences and skills, but also works in a pedagogical relationship with his students; students who take their own world with them into the classroom...
Nonviolent resistance is a way of thinking and acting for teachers that helps them take a stand against behavioral problems in the classroom and has proven effective for severe behavioral problems and school refusal.
Nonviolent resistance is characterized by proximity and support rather than distance and control. The point is not to control students or to be the boss, a stance that mainly leads to conflict and escalation. The first step in implementing NVR should be to de-escalate and return to the behavior when the heat of the moment has passed. A second and a critical aspect of an NVR treatment plan is realizing that not all of Behavioral problems can be solved by yourself. By cooperating with colleagues, parents as well as with students you can create a net of support that creates unity at school and enables you to reconnect with ‘difficult’ students.
This book describes the basic principles of NVR while demonstrating the core concepts through examples and tools to teachers to get started right away.

Submitter's Details Wil van Nus
Language Dutch
Remarks Excerpt of the book in Dutch is available here.
Title The New Authority model in situations of divorce

Dit artikel geeft een korte inleiding op de implementatie van het NA model in familie bemiddeling en  familietherapie, in  geval van echtscheiding en andere gezinstransities. U krijgt een overzicht van de belangrijkste argumenten om speciaal dan met dit model te werken. Waarom zal het ouders specifiek dan zo kwetsbaar helpen in de verhouding met hun dan zo vaak rebellerende kinderen.

 

This article gives a short introduction of the implementation of the NA model in family mediation and family therapy, in situations of divorce or other ‘family transition’. It gives an overview of the most important arguments why to work  especially in these cases with the NA-model. Why will it help the parents especially then so vulnerable, in the relation with their then, very often rebellious children.           

Submitter's Details Veerle Lisabeth
Language English
Remarks veerle-lisabeth@telenet.be
Title

Ontwikkeling en proefimplementatie van twee ondersteuningsprogramma’s voor pleegouders

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Two interventions were developed to support foster parents caring for children with externalizing behavioral problems. Both interventions consist of ten home visits and three group sessions during which parenting and behavioral problems of the child are addressed.

Submitter's Details

Femke Vanschoonlandt, Frank Van Holen, Johan Vanderfaeillie

Language Dutch
Remarks

Vanschoonlandt, F., Van Holen, F., & Vanderfaeillie, J. (2012).
Ontwikkeling en proefimplementatie van twee ondersteuningsprogramma’s voor pleegouders. Orthopedagodiek: Onderzoek en Pratijk, 51, 69-83.

Title

The treatment model at Schneider's hospital - The Telephone Support

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The therapeutic procedure at the parent's counseling unit in Israel includes telephone support to the parents, done by 'telephone supporters' who work with the therapist. The paper outlines the treatment for parents provided at Schneider's hospital in Israel with emphasis on the function of the telephone supporter while explaining the advantages and complexities in this kind of therapeutic team..

Submitter's Details

Yael Naim

Language English
Remarks
Title

NVR in the community - A municipal Announcement

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A governmental program in Israel intended to aid cities and towns in dealing with violent used NVR as a promoter to the process. The paper describes a process leading to change in the perceptions of the city's inhabitants regarding community responsibility concerning children and youth violence.

Submitter's Details

Nitzan Lifshitz

Language English
Remarks

Name of Article/ Paper

Child focus in NVR

The vulnerabilities of young people with conduct problems are largely obscured by their aggressive behaviour. Aggression also leads to alienation between them and their parents, carers, teachers, and other adults. This alienation further inhibits the recognition of young people’s distress by significant others. Following on from an introduction to the theoretical background and therapeutic methodology of the NVR approach, this article examines the need for a child focus in parents’ or carers’ nonviolent resistance to violent and destructive behaviour; it further outlines some therapeutic possibilities that are inherent in NVR reconciliation work, when reconciliation gestures are used to raise the awareness of young people’s unmet needs.

Submitter's Details

Peter Jakob

Language English
Remarks

Name of Article/ Paper

Parental presence and aggressive proneness

The development of child aggressiveness is a function of the interaction between the child’s inborn expansive restlessness and the parents’ ability to restrain it by an affirmation of parental presence. Parental presence is manifested by acts that convey the  message that the parents will not give up their parental role and will "stay there" in person and in duty whatever happens.  The lack of parental presence, that manifests itself either by parental giving in or by alternations of parental hostile outbursts with giving in, leads to the aggravation and perpetuation of the child’s aggressiveness.  Parental presence is an integrative concept linked to behavioral views on effective discipline, to the views of attachment theory on the need for a secure parental figure and to systemic ideas on parental systemic support and weakening. A practical approach to the parents of aggressive children is derived from the model, leading to distinctive predictions.

Submitter's Details Prof. Haim Omer
Language English
Remarks

Name of Article/ Paper

Non-violent resistance and violence against siblings

A parent-training approach to the treatment of violence against siblings according to the principles of non-violent resistance was developed aiming at resisting the violence, providing protection to the victims and reducing escalation between the parents and the violent child.

Submitter's Details Irit Schorr Sapir
Language English
Remarks

Name of Article/ Paper

Nonviolent resistance. Choosing for watchful and warm parenting

This article gives a summary of the main principles of non-violent resistance and the new authority. The following topics are covered: Haim Omer’s view on parental authority as described in his latest book, the importance of vigilant care in the upbringing and the main features of a NVR-intervention (resistance of difficult behavior, avoidance of any form of violence, support and reconciliation). Finally, the broad scope and possibilities of this approach as elaborated and applied in Israel and across European countries is described.
 

Submitter's Details Frank Van Holen
Language Dutch
Remarks Van Holen, F. & Vanderfaeillie, J. (2010). Geweldloos verzet. Kiezen voor een waakzame en warme opvoeding. Alert,4, 70-77

 

Name of Article/ Paper

NVR implementations in residential setting

The principles of the new authority are focused on structuring authority and presence for authority figures. One of the main benefits of these principles is their flexibility which allows for their application, subject to relevant adjustments, in a variety of fields having to do with juvenile behavior. In this paper I will describe how these principles may be applied in residential settings..

Submitter's Details

Idan Amiel

Language English
Remarks

Name of Article/ Paper

Implementaties van Geweldloos Verzet in residentiële settings

De principes van Nieuwe Autoriteit zijn gericht op het installeren van autoriteit en Geweldloos Verzet en op de aanwezigheid van autoriteitsfiguren. Een van de grote voordelen van deze principes is hun flexibiliteit die toepassing mogelijk maakt in het brede veld waar men te maken heeft met jeugdig gedrag. In deze paper beschrijf ik hoe deze principes in residentiële settings toegepast kunnen worden.

Submitter's Details

Philippe Collart

Language Dutch
Remarks

Translation of "NVR implementations in residential setting"

Name of Article/ Paper

Den Schleier des Geheimen lüften

Translation of "Lifting the secrecy veil" - An information page for parents about recruiting supporters as available in the parents counseling clinic at Schneider hospital.

Submitter's Details

Patrick Mauczok

Language German
Remarks

 

Name of Article/ Paper

Parental supervision and the digital family

Now a day's children are "growing up online" thus developing different skills, communication patterns, interpersonal relationships and cognitive abilities. This cultural change has created a new situation - children are born digital while their parents are digital immigrants. The "new authority" theory s' principles can offer us a new way to examine some of the challenges parents face now a days to the aforementioned changes.

Submitter's Details

Iris Shachar-Lavie

Language English
Remarks

Name of Article/ Paper

Ik laat je niet los Een
 gestructureerde methodiek voor ‘nieuwe autoriteit’ van Haim Omer
Traditioneel gezag tussen ouders en kinderen is in westerse samenlevingen snel aan het verdwijnen. Daarmee ontberen ouders houvast in de opvoeding. Een ingewikkelde levensfase zoals de puberteit kan dan gemakkelijker ontsporen. Ouders en jongere lopen het risico terecht te komen in zichzelf-versterkende negatieve interactiecirkels. Haim Omer ontwikkelde een nieuwe opvatting van ouderlijk gezag die beter past in de moderne tijd en de ouders helpt effectieve ouders van pubers te zijn: ‘geweldloos verzet’ of ‘nieuwe autoriteit’. In Almere Stad hebben wij hiervoor een gestructureerd behandelingsmodel ontwikkeld, waarbij meerdere bronnen van sociale steun worden ingezet om de ouders bij deze verandering te steunen, zoals een oudergroep, het eigen netwerk van het gezin, en de school. In dit artikel wordt deze methodiek beschreven.
Submitter's Details

Lenny Rodenburg & Henk Breugem

Language Dutch
Remarks lenny.rodenburg@molemann.nl, henk.breugem@molemann.nl

Name of Article/ Paper

Feasibility of NonViolent Resistance and New Authority to parents of adolescents with autism

In this article, we examine whether the method of nonviolent resistance and new authority is feasible to stalled families with adolescents with autism. Parents of these adolescents participated in a pilot treatment group. Because of this learning experience we suggest some helpful adjustments for families with autism. The changes parents describe are similar to findings from the literature. The conclusion is that nonviolent resistance and new authority embedded in systemic therapy seems a useful treatment intervention for these families. 

Submitter's Details

Ella Lobregt-van Buuren

Language Dutch
Remarks Ella Lobregt-van Buuren is psychologist and family therapist at Dimence, Deventer, The Netherlands, e.lobregt@dimence.nl

Name of Article/ Paper

Nieuwe Autoriteit - De omgang met (gedragsproblemen van) leerlingen op een nieuw spoor?

This article gives a short introduction in NA /NVR and the application in schools. First it describes the problems with Old Authority and the evolution to a more permissive edcation. Then it shows how NA and NVR in schools can look like in some basic principles and two examples of concrete NVR-actions, carried out in a Flemish secundary school.
 
Dit artikel biedt een korte kennismaking met het ideeëngoed NA en NVR, gericht op onderwijs. Eerst beschrijft het de problemen met Oude Autoriteit en met de evolutie naar een meer permissieve opvoeding. Vervolgens behandelt het NA in een aantal kernbegrippen. Het beschrijft ook twee concrete NVR-acties, die uitgevoerd werden op een Vlaamse secundaire school. 

Submitter's Details

Hilde Leonard & Relinde Van-Lier

Language Flemish
Remarks To contact us, please write to
relindevanlier55@gmail.com
hilde.leonard@pandora.be