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.

Alcohol and Young People

Alcohol and young people
BradLevingston and JennyMelrose


From a young person's point of view, drinking may be seen as an essential rite of passage – a rebellion against adult restrictions by participating in a popular adult pastime. The search for fun, confidence and identity can seem more achievable and more enjoyable when intoxicated. For many, intoxication creates opportunities to form relationships, take risks or escape the pain of self-consciousness, loneliness or sadness. Most Western societies proudly promote alcohol consumption as part of adult life, so young people aspiring to join adult ranks are likely to believe that it is essential for them to drink alcohol.

In this chapter, we provide a framework that will guide workers in understanding and responding to problematic alcohol use ...

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