1st Edition

Providing Support to Young People
A Guide to Interviewing in Helping Relationships

ISBN 9780415419604
Published May 16, 2007 by Routledge
128 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

This is an invaluable guide to making the most of helping relationships. It concentrates on the practicalities and explores how to structure the help practitioners give to young people.

Including case studies, reflective exercises, and dialogue examples that illustrate the model and use of skills, chapters cover:

  • the context for youth support services and what ‘professional helping’ and youth support roles involve
  • the practical development of the helping skills and strategies required by a practitioner
  • concepts from various counselling models that have particular relevance for helping young people and discussing ‘hard to reach’ young people
  • the stages of Egan’s skilled helper model in some depth, applying it particularly to youth support work.

Describing an accessible ‘how-to’ approach to engaging with young people, this book will be essential reading to all those working in information, advice, guidance and youth support settings, whether giving first-in-line or intensive support to young people.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Helping: Definitions and Purpose  3. Activities within the Helping Relationship  4. The Helping Context  5. The Young Person-Focused Approach  6. Helping Skills and Strategies  7. SIM: The Helping Process

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Hazel Reid is Head of the Centre for Career and Personal Development at Canterbury Chrsit Church University.

Alison Fiedling is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Career and Personal Development at Canterbury Chrsit Church University.


'Valuable for all practitioners working with young people in one-to-one situations or in group work.' - Australian Journal of Career Development

'A welcome addition to the materials available to support practitioners in getting to grips with the theoretical underpinning of their work and developing their interview skills.' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling