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.

Empowering Young People Who Self-Harm

Empowering young people who self-harm


It is widely recognized that professionals working in children's services frequently feel uncomfortable and lack confidence when it comes to supporting children and young people who self-harm (Mental Health Foundation, 2006). Self-harm provokes a wide range of strong emotional responses. It is argued here that, while it may be useful for staff to attend training courses offering facts and figures, these alone do very little to build professionals' confidence. Leaving a training day knowing that one young person every 30 minutes tries to take their life, that on average two children in every secondary school class self-harm, that ice cubes and elastic bands can be useful harm-minimization techniques and so forth, does not address the attitudes ...

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