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.

Promoting Self-Care Behaviours

Promoting self-care behaviours


As we have seen in the Introduction, all young people are at a stage in life that involves learning new ways of thinking and behaving in order to cope with events adaptively. In this developmental stage, they will continually meet new challenges at home, school, work and with peers. Those new challenges will often involve risks for them and, additionally, they are likely to behave in ways that are risky in order to enlarge on their experience of life by experimenting with new behaviours.

During childhood, parents and/or carers look after their children, watch over them and make decisions on their behalf. As far as is possible, most children are protected from unnecessary exposure to risks or risk-taking. When a young ...

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