Working with Young People is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for supporting young people as they learn about themselves, others and society and prepare for the transition to adulthood. It introduces the fundamental concepts and issues that lie at the heart of contemporary work with young people and challenges you to think deeply about: - the social context of young people - values and principles that underpin practice - the variety of settings in which practice takes place, and - the importance of informal learning in the lives of young people. Whether you are a new student or returning to study, Working with Young Poeple provides a stimulating introduction and a foundation for further study. Sheila Curran is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Roger Harrison is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Donald Mackinnon is Lecturer at The Open University.

Helping: Definitions and Purpose

Helping: Definitions and purpose
Hazel L. ReidAlison J. Fielding

Working on a one-to-one basis is common in many forms of work with young people. This chapter draws on a number of models and theories to explore the nature of client-centred individual helping relationships. It provides a clear description of their purposes, the circumstances in which they might be useful, the stages they follow and the outcomes they are aiming towards.


This chapter explores the nature of a professional helping relationship with young people, by considering some fairly fundamental questions: What to we mean by helping? How much helping? How do you structure that work?

Trying to explain the concept of a model for a professional helping relationship is rather like trying to tell someone ...

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