Reflecting Strengths: Transformative Lessons from Resilient Youth

Self-Help and Personal Development

By Chris Trout

Publisher : Strengths in Focus

ABOUT Chris Trout

Chris Trout
Chris Trout, founder of Strengths in Focus, is an international speaker, writer and coach. His insights are grounded in a rich, thirty-year, hands-on exploration of strengths-focused work in education, family mediation, positive youth development and parenting. Chris’ highly acclaimed St More...


Beginning with an inspired lesson from teens in foster care (and some giant sequoias), this collection explores ideas ranging from the power of intention and the role of our perceptions to themes of self-image, resiliency, expectations, authenticity, the language of strengths, improvisational parenting, giving ourselves a break and the power of one.

“What a gift! From the first words ("bring it on!") to the last ("and we thrive"), Chris speaks with an authenticity and insight that can only come from having walked the talk. I wish every adult who parents, cares for and supports young people - and everyone who has known adversity - could experience the inspiration, the insights, and the sense of hope that fills this book. Inspired!”

Misty Stenslie
Deputy Director
Foster Care Alumni of America

“I'm listening to Reflecting Strengths in my office right now. It's clear to me that EVERY juvenile probation officer in the world needs to hear this CD. I plan to incorporate it into my new employee orientation.”

Steve Nesky
Treatment Coordinator
Coconino County Juvenile Court,
Flagstaff, Arizona


"Reflecting Strengths is such a powerful twist on how we look at and interact with our youth. I use the stories as conversation starters at weekly staff meetings. Looking at these reflections and talking about them in relation to the children we work with brings new life and energy into our daily interactions with them. Reflecting Strengths is a "must read" for anyone who has relationships with kids, no matter what age."

Diane Hancock
Child Care Administrator
Windham, Maine