Becoming Who I Want to Be

Good Lives Workbooks

For Young Men
and Young Women


These workbooks, written using the Good Lives Model (GLM) of rehabilitation, are intended for use with young people (early adolescence into early adulthood) with problem behaviors in a wide range of areas. They can be used in both group and individual counseling modalities.

With significant input from professionals who work with troubled youths, the authors and Safer Society Press have created these workbooks to be fun and engaging for young clients whose adverse childhood experiences and problem behaviors have caused them to fall behind grade level in their reading skills and attention span.

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Inside each workbook
  • Full color illustrations
  • One chapter for each of the eight good life goals. Fourteen chapters in all.
  • Concepts expressed in simple language
  • Realistic case stories to drive those concepts home. Also available as free downloadable, author-read audio files.
  • Inside the young men's edition.

  • Inside the Young Women's Edition

Counselor's Editions.

We have published guides to aid counselors using the Becoming Who I Want to Be workbooks. Each guide contains black and white reproductions of the pages from the workbooks with extensive author annotations explaining the purpose of the exercises and stories. The annotations also include suggestions for how to use the material in the workbooks to engage clients in conversations about the concepts and how they apply in the clients’ own lives. The introduction provides a brief primer on the good lives model as well as helpful information about how to use the workbooks effectively.

The Counselor’s Editions are landscape oriented PDF files that you can share with your staff.

  • Inside the Young Men's Counselor Edition

  • Inside the Young Women's Counselor Edition

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Spanish Edition Becoming Who I Want to Be

The Spanish-language edition of Becoming Who I Want to Be: A Good Lives Workbook for Young Men is now available.

Acknowledging the need for sensitivity to cultural differences, this edition is more than a straight translation. The authors have incorporated changes to make the workbook more relatable to young men from Mexican and other Spanish-speaking backgrounds.

Safer Society Press Podcast

A Conversation with David Prescott & Dr. Tyffani Dent about Applying the Good Lives Model in Work with Court-Involved Teenagers & Young Adults

David Prescott begins with a history of the good lives model and its beginnings as a treatment framework for adult sexual abusers. He also talks about how the GLM has evolved as a framework for working with a wide variety of offenders, not just sexual abusers. Finally, he talks about how the GLM has been modified for work with young men and boys.

Tyffani Dent joins the conversation to talk about its application with young women and girls.

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