How can you provide effective support to young people aged between 12 and 19 years by initiating, developing and ending, one-to-one helping relationships with them? Of course, no-one can gain the expertise to deal with the whole range of issues and challenges that adolescents face, but some particularly sensitive and entrenched problem areas are described here, where young people should always be referred to qualified professionals for support. This book shows how you could help many adolescents you meet by: providing the experience of a positive relationship in which they feel respected, can maintain their independence and be encouraged to communicate. By being a positive role model and encouraging feelings of self-worth; demonstrating that however dreadful a problem may appear, you will not be overwhelmed. You can provide information and make appropriate referrals where necessary; giving support by combining inter-personal skills and basic counselling skills with practical advice. This book focuses on the relationships, issues and problem areas of personal development that are of most concern to adolescents.
It provides background information and suggests ways of responding both to crises and to ongoing challenges and difficulties.