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Practical Interventions for Young People at Risk

Practical Interventions for Young People at Risk

First Edition
Edited by:

July 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book responds to the urgent need for practical intervention approaches targeting young people at risk. It provides a much needed practical resource for practitioners and students from a variety of helping professions.

Focusing on interventions that practitioners can use in collaboration with the young person, the book offers hands-on strategies for enhancing resilience and addressing challenges and issues typically faced by young people. Topics covered include:

  • Depression, suicide, and self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Marginalized Youth
  • Mental Health Issue
  • Peer Mentoring and Building on Strengths
  • Cults and Gangs
  • Bullying
  • Firelighting

Throughout the book, multi-disciplinary and international authors share their expertise, highlighting relevant evidence-based interventions and considering themes such as anti-oppressive practice, culture, values and ethics.

This book is ideal for students and practitioners working with young people, especially in the fields of youth work, social work, psychology, counseling, and education.

Kathryn Geldard
Engaging young people in collaborative interventions
David Geldard
The development of self-care behaviour
Ian Shochet, Rebecca Hoge, Astrid Wurfl
Building resilience in adolescents
Kathryn Geldard, Wendy Patton
Enhancing peer support
Alan Carr
Combating depression
Jude Sellen
Empowering young people who self-harm
Alan CarrPreventing suicide
Simon Hallsworth, Tara Young
Working with gangs and other delinquent groups
Fran Thompson, Neil Tippett, Peter K Smith
Prevention and responses to bullying
Daryl L Sharp, Robert E Cole, Carolyn E Kourofsky, Susan W Blaakman
Intervening with youth who engage in fire-lighting
Brad Levingston, Jenny Melrose
Alcohol and young people
Richard Ives
Tackling the misuse of volatile substances
Scott W Henggeler, Cindy Schaeffer, Rocio Chang
Responding to the use of illicit drugs
Susan Moore
Sexual health-related interventions
Ian Lambie
Adolescents with Sexual Behaviour Problems: Towards Positive and Healthy Relationships
Renee Rienecke Hoste, Daniel le Grange
Addressing eating problems
Lee Richmond, Carole Rayburn
Responding to cult group membership
Jan Foster
Understanding young people in care

An essential book if working with children at risk

Miss nicola lord
Department of Health, Preston College
May 31, 2016

Covers a broad range of issues of risk. Much more detail needed for my course.

Ms Jane McGrath
Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
January 6, 2015

An excellent read. The students will appreciate the simplicty of this book and the practical application of risk management to young people. This is an essential read for my upcoming module; Risk, Resilience and Resitance and will hopefully give those studying the module, the opportunity to widen their knowledge and skills by reading and applying the concepts in this text.

Miss Shelly Haslam
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
June 19, 2014

A fantastic and easy read, perfect for my PRU work and for my L3 Youth work students. Has loads of different examples of risky behavioir and how we can help working eith young people.
Really easy reading

Miss Katey Ribchester
Health and Social Care, Ethos College
March 30, 2014

This is a really accessible book that covers a broad range of risk-taking behaviour that could be undertaken by young people. In our module, most of the subjects explored in the book are covered. The information and questions in particular are engaging and ideal for level 5 learning. I will be using this book with my students.

youth work, YMCA Wales Community College
October 30, 2013

This is one of the most influential text books this year on working with young people.

Carol McGowan
Business and Humanities Department, Dundalk Institute of Technology
September 18, 2013

This has been an advised reading text for a while and students in residential community and YOT settings have found it very helpful. It covers a lot of diffcult issues ( which are often ongoing for children into adulthood) in a sensitive and informed way.

Mr Simon Howard
Social Work, Health, Soc Care & Couns, Nottingham Trent University
November 21, 2012

A useful tool for professionals working with young people

Mrs Alana Enoch
Education Studies and Social Inclusion, Trinity College Carmarthen
October 3, 2012

Have advised students to add this text to their Chrismas lists.

Childcare, Cornwall College
December 5, 2011

This book has practical thought out strategies to promote a better understanding of practices relevant to young people at risk . This is an area tiuched on in some detail within the syllabus of Early Years and is informative and clear in its approach.

Maria Panter
Health , Tresham Institute
May 12, 2011

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