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Doing youth work in Australia

Doing youth work in Australia is a three-volume resource designed specifically for Australian youth workers and students of youth work courses.

Each volume contains a select range of contributions from the journal Youth Studies Australia chosen for their relevance to and practical significance for youth work in Australia today. The series is edited by Professor Rob White, Professor of Criminology, University of Tasmania and published by the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.

This is the first time in the history of youth work in Australia that the writings of so many leading figures in the youth work field have been brought together in a focused series.

Contributors include:

  • Howard Sercombe – youth work ethics
  • Judith Bessant – youth work and professionalism
  • Vaughan Bowie – youth workers and stress
  • Sharon Wright – suicide prevention training
  • Richard Eckersley – young people and Western culture
  • Shelley Mallet – homeless young people
  • Helen Rodd – relationships in youth work
  • Jen Couch – working with young refugees
  • Len Collard – working with Indigenous young people

Within a very short space of time, the Doing youth work in Australia series is sure to become an indispensable resource for the youth work field.

Volume 1 Concepts and methods of youth work

Youth work as a career, including career options, pioneering and settling activities, defining the nature of youth work

Youth work as a profession, including professionalism and ethics, multiskilling, future prospects for youth work

Models of youth work intervention, including personal, structural, power, feminism, nonviolence, values

Youth work general skills, including small group processes, music programs, mentoring, advocacy, activation, conflict resolution

Youth working and workplaces, large city work, new directions for youth work, soft cop syndrome, stress.

Table of contents:

Youth workers as workers 
Rob White

Youth work as a career

1. Defining the nature of youth work
Rob White, Suzanna Omelczuk and Rod Underwood

2. ‘Pioneering’ and ‘settling’ activities of youth workers
Neville Knight

3. A career in youth work?
David Maunders and Robyn Broadbent

4. Mapping career options for youth workers
Judith Bessant and Ruth Weber

5. Youth service provision: Mapping the terrain
Rob White

Youth work as a profession

6. The youth work contract: Professionalism and ethics
Howard Sercombe

7. Professional lions and multiskilled kangaroos: Youth workprofessionalism in South Africa and Australia
David Maunders

8. ‘Up periscope’: The future for youth work in Australia
Judith Bessant

9. Youth work: The professionalisation dilemma
Howard Sercombe

10. Youth work: The Loch Ness monster and professionalism
Judith Bessant

11. ‘Embedded’ youth work: Ethical questions for youth work professionals
Howard Sercombe

12. Youth work: Has it reached its use-by date?
Vaughan Bowie

Intervention models

13. Youth work as a response to social values
David Maunders

14. Youth affairs in Australia
Michael Cusack

15. Models of youth work intervention
Trudi Cooper and Rob White

16. The search for a feminism that could accommodate homeless young women
Karen Crinall

17. Power, ethics and youth work
Howard Sercombe

18. Theorising youth and difference
Heather Stewart

19. Nonviolence as a framework for youth work practice
Graeme Stuart

20. From personal to structural: Towards critical change in youth work practice
Victor Wong

21. Youth work: The problem of values
Tim Corney

General skills

22. Small group process awareness: A field experience
David Goble

23. Sounds of the Street: An inner-city music Program
Phil Nunn

24. Mentoring: A case example and guidelines for its effective use
Eugene Clark

25. The role of an advocate for young people
Moira Rayner

26. The contradictory position of youth workers in the public sphere
Howard Sercombe

27. Ten arguments against youth curfews
Rob White

28. How effective are youth workers in activating young people’s voices?
Rick Flowers

29. Conflict resolution and nonviolence workshops with young people
Graeme Stuart

30. Whitelion individualised mentoring and employment program
Alistair Lemmon

Youth working and workplaces

31. Free market economics and new directions for youth workers
Judith Bessant

32. Youth workers in Sydney: Doing a lot with a little
Lisa Bourke and Pam Evans

33. Pros and cons of early intervention: Models, practice and environments
Rob White

34. Youth work: Challenging the soft cop syndrome
Scott Poynting and Rob White

35. Youth workers and stress
Vaughan Bowie

Volume 2 Youth work and youth issues

Youth participation, including online and offline participation, youth partnerships and the participation of marginalised young people

Youth researching youth, including youth-focused research, research ethics and peer support health and wellbeing, including adolescent grief, young deaf people, suicide prevention, primary health care

Mental health, including access and customer service, services for homeless young people, and services for young people with complex needs

Sex and sexuality, including youth workers and sexuality education, sexual health, masculinity, HIV/ AIDS, sexual coercion, same sex attracted young People

Homelessness and accommodation, including homelessness and employment and training, services to homeless young people

Alcohol and drugs, including education, detox centres, harm reduction, community-based approaches.

Table of contents:


Doing work with young people
Rob White

Youth participation

1. Values and visions: Youth and the failure of Western culture
Richard Eckersley

2. Marginalised young people and the power of decision-making
Chris Brown

3. Science for street kids: The Questacon Myer Project
Joanne Codling

4. Development of the teenage cancer peer support program CanTeen
Michael Carr-Gregg, Craig Olsson, John Toumbourou and Glenn Bowes

5. Relationships and power: The critical core of youth partnership accountability work
Kathleen Stacey, Emma Webb, Sarah-Lynn Hills, Nina Lagzdins, Desima Moulds, Tony Phillips and Paul Stone

6. What’s in it for …?
Benefits and dilemmas in the practice of youth partnership accountability
Kathleen Stacey, Emma Webb, Sarah-Lynn Hills, Nina Lagzdins, Desima Moulds, Tony Phillips and Paul Stone

7. Social change and youth partnership accountability work
Kathleen Stacey, Emma Webb, Kelly Barrett, Nina Lagzdins, Desima Moulds and Paul Stone

8. Parallels between on and offline youth participation
Kirsty Leong, Luella Paine and Alex Hughes

Assisting youth / researching youth

9. Youth researching youth
Christine Alder and Danny Sandor

10. Youth participation in youth-focused research
Victoria Wilkins, Kerry Bryans, Susan Hetzel, Aaron Cutler and Joanne Ellis

11. Are you old enough? Research ethics and young people
Graeme Stuart

12. You’re a peer what?!
Clarifying the roles of peer supporters, educators and researchers for youth consultants
Tony Phillips, Kathleen Stacey and Jai Milner

Health & wellbeing

13. Responding to adolescent loss and grief
Helen Tolshoshev

14. Finding a way in: Researching the experiences of young deaf people
Fiona Prosser

15. Suicide prevention training: A workshop
Sharon Wright and Graham Martin

16. Primary health care for young people: Are there models of service delivery that improve access and quality?
Melissa Kang, Diana Bernard, Tim Usherwood, Susan Quine, Garth Alperstein, Helen Kerr-Roubicek, Abigail Elliott and David Bennett

Mental health

17. Young people and mental health: Access and alliance
Sharon Wright and Graham Martin

18. Young people and mental health: Customer service
Sharon Wright and Graham Martin

19. Headroom: Promoting the mental health of young people: A multimedia approach
Christine Lock, Beajaye Wright, Tony Phillips and Caroline Brown

20. ‘beyondblue’: Targeting depression in young people
Jane Burns and Karen Field

21. Mental health services: What young people who are homeless say …
Matt Dixon and Sian Lloyd

22. Where to from here? Guiding for mental health for young people with complex needs
Andrew Bruun and Christopher Hynan

23. Young people’s experiences of mental health care: Implications for the headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Anjalee Cohen, Sharon Medlow, Norm Kelk, Ian Hickie and Bradley Whitwell

Sex & sexuality

24. So you’re worried that teaching about sexuality might be dangerous?
Grahame Collier

25. The youth worker’s role in young people’s sexual health: A practice framework
Marty Janssen and Jackie Davis

26. Sexuality education vs sex education
Peter Gourlay

27. An approach for high school students
Michael Paulsen

28. Risky business: Adolescents and HIV/AIDS
Doreen Rosenthal and Susan Moore

29. Students as bystanders to sexual coercion
Ken Rigby and Bruce Johnson

30. Y-Glam Theatre and Video Project
Jemma Mead, Vicky Guglielmo, Diane Bradford and Y-GLAM participants

Homelessness & accommodation

31. Sexual health service provision to the young and homeless
Lyn Harrison and Deborah Dempsey

32. Disadvantaged and homeless youth on the Gold Coast: A case study of a human services organisation
Merv Hyde, Juliette Goldman and Mark Sinclair

33. Providing services to homeless young people in Melbourne
Shelley Mallett, Doreen Rosenthal and Paul Myers

34. Getting homeless youth into employment and training: A Queensland pilot Project
Paul Wildman and Marie Stokes

Alcohol & drugs

35. Taking the hiccups out of alcohol education
Anita Harris and Margaret Sheehan

36. Substance abuse: Defining the issues in favour of a detox centre for youth
Christopher Lennings and Michelle Kerr

37. Workers and harm reduction. Who’s using what and why: A cross-sectional survey of metropolitan youth workers in Western Australia
Ross Lambert and Ali Marsh

38. Community-based approaches to drug abuse issues: Some lessons learned and future implications
Scott Phillips

Volume 3 Youth work and social diversity

Working with Indigenous communities, including youth work in remote communities, the adoption of Nyungar cultural forms by youth workers, ‘at risk’ Indigenous youth

Working with young women, including issues of sexual abuse and violence

Working with young men, including self-help support groups, young men and grief

Working with culturally diverse communities, including drug education strategies, building capacity, young refugees and sport

Hospitals, including motivating adolescents, youth arts program

Schools, including school-focused youth service; access, retention and participation

Residential care, including blood-borne viruses rural locations, including local services, mental health services

Integrated services and projects, including holistic and collaborative practice, best practice in youth work.

Table of contents


Working with specific young people and specific locations

Working with Indigenous Communities

1. The place of youth work in a remote Aboriginal community 
Craig Milburn

2. ‘Getting shown a thing or two’: The adoption of Nyungar cultural forms by youth workers
David Palmer

3. Working with Indigenous young people: An introduction for youth workers
Amanda Watkinson and Judith Bessant

4. Youth work, Aboriginal young people and ambivalence
David Palmer

5. A program for ‘at risk’ Indigenous youth
Glenn Dawes and Christine Dawes

6. ‘Kura, yeye, boorda, Nyungar wangkiny gnulla koorlangka’: A conversation about working with Indigenous young people in the past, present and future
Len Collard and David Palmer

Working with young women

7. The dinkum oil: Information needs and life concerns of Australian adolescent girls
Susan Edwards and Barbara Poston-Anderson

8. Mad, bad or angry? Gender, sexual abuse and the pathologising of young women’s behaviour
Margaret Baines

9. Care and connection: Responding to young mothers’ experiences of violence
Karen Healy

10. Improving outcomes for teenage pregnancy and early parenthood for young people in out-of-home care: A review of the literature
Philip Mendes

Working with young men

11. Self-help support groups: Adding to the toolbox of mental health care options for young men
Ann Dadich

12. Happy to talk ... to a point: Bereaved young men and emotional disclosure
Andrew McNess

13. Meeting the needs of marginalised young men: An analysis of service provision
Mindy Sotiri

Working with culturally diverse communities

14. Investing in community: Building capacity in culturally diverse communities to enhance resilience in young people and their families
Bala Mudaly

15. An agenda for change: Developing good practice principles in working with young refugees
Jen Couch

16. Youth work: A deconstructive approach for those who work with young refugees
Peter Westoby and Ann Ingamells

17. Culturally appropriate mentoring for Horn of African young people in Australia
Megan Griffiths, Pooja Sawrikar and Kristy Muir

18. Playing for the future: The role of sport and recreation in supporting refugee young people to ‘settle well’ in Australia
Louise Olliff


19. ‘It’s too clean in here!’ Motivating adolescents in Hospital
Julia White and Kathy Walker

20. Work of art: Occupational analysis of a children’s hospital youth arts program
Sally Denshire


21. School-focused youth service: Building coalitions amidst social and economic change
Bala Mudaly

22. Youth work in schools: Should youth workers also be teachers?
Tim Corney

23. Access, retention and participation – a model of best practice
Rod Mapstone

24. Promise or practice? Student participation in low socioeconomic communities
Roslyn Black

Residential care

25. Developing a course for young offenders
Mark Collis and Michael Griffin

26. Surviving risk: Juvenile justice workers’ perspectives on managing blood borne viruses and other health risks
Mary O’Brien and Zoe Greenwood

27. The bleedin’ obvious: Long-term support reconnects at-risk young people
Alistair Lemmon

Rural locations

28. Planning local services for rural young people
Bruce McKenzie

29. Rural youth and multimedia: An interagency approach
Susan Brumby, Royby Eversole, Kaye Scholfield and Leanne Watt

30. Anxiety and depression in young people: A collaborative rural and remote service model
Warren Bartik, Nick Kowalenko, Kathy Whitefield and Ann Wignall

31. Going bush: Youth work in rural settings
Howard Sercombe

32. The perspectives of youth workers in rural Victoria
Paula Geldens and Lisa Bourke

33. What does wellbeing mean? Perspectives of wellbeing among young people and youth workers in rural Victoria
Lisa Bourke and Paula Geldens

34. Harnessing the power of perception: Reducing alcohol-related harm among rural teenagers
Clarissa Hughes, Roberta Julian, Matthew Richman, Ron Mason and Gillian Long

Integrated services and projects

35. Youth work that is of value: Towards a model of best practice
Judy Bruce, Kim Boyce, Jono Campbell, John Harrington, Duane Major and Ange Williams

36. Gatekeeper training for youth workers: Impact on their help-seeking and referral skills
Tania Cartmill, Frank Deane and Coralie Wilson

37. Complex solutions for complex needs: Towards holistic and collaborative practice
Sally Beadle

38. The glue that holds our work together: The role and nature of relationships in youth work
Helen Rodd and Heather Stewart 

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