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At last – a practical guide to doing youth work in Australia 

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Doing youth work in Australia is a three volume series, edited by Rob White and published for the youth work field by the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.

Professor White examined the entire output of the journal Youth Studies Australia and selected papers for this series on the basis their relevance and practical significance to youth work in Australia today.

Volume one, Concepts and methods of youth work, looks at:
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  • 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.

Concepts and methods of youth work, ISBN 978 1 875236 61 9, 472pp., October 2009, ACYS Publishing, $69.95  | Order form |

Volume two, Youth work and youth issues, looks at:
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  • 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 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.

Youth work and youth issues, ISBN 978 1 875236 62 6, 496pp., June 2010, ACYS Publishing, $69.95  | Order form |

Volume three, Youth work and social diversity, looks at:
 To be published later this year
  • 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.

Youth work and social diversity, ISBN 978 1 875236 63 3, forthcoming, ACYS Publishing, $69.95  | Order form |

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 – on youth work as a profession
  • Judith Bessant – on the future for youth work in Australia
  • Vaughan Bowie – on youth workers and stress
  • Kathleen Stacey – on Youth Partnership Accountability
  • Sharon Wright and Graham Martin – on youth mental health
  • Lyn Harrison and Deborah Dempsey – on sexual health service provision to homeless young people
  • Len Collard and Dave Palmer – on working with Indigenous young people
  • Jen Couch – on working with young refugees
  • Tim Corney – on youth work in schools

The series is sure to become an indispensable resource for people training or working in the youth work field.

The Doing youth work in Australia series offers a comprehensive and systematic discussion of the challenges and realities that youth workers face. In these three volumes, youth workers and other professionals provide profound insights about their profession and about young people’s lives. It sets an agenda for debates about the profession of youth work and for future research and is a must for anyone interested in understanding the field of youth studies today.
Professor Johanna Wyn, Director, Youth
Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Youth Studies Australia is still the best thing around I think, in terms of accessibility, rigour and the balance between research and practice.
Professor Howard Sercombe, Department
of Educational and Professional Studies,
University of Strathclyde, Scotland

Series edited by Rob White
Published by ACYS Publishing

Each volume $69.95 + postage
Two volume package $119.90 + postage ($20 discount)
Or 20% discount for bulk orders of any one volume (5 or more copies)
Booksellers discount also available

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For more information on the series, or to arrange an interview, contact:
Rob White
Professor of Environmental Criminology
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 64
Hobart TAS 7001
p (03) 6226 2877
f (03) 6226 2578
e [email protected]