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Doing youth work in Australia series: Chapters available to download

Doing youth work series

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.

Doing youth work in Australia is a 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.



Volume 1
Concepts and methods of youth work

Youth work as a career

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

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

A career in youth work?
David Maunders and Robyn Broadbent

Mapping career options for youth workers
Judith Bessant and Ruth Weber

Youth service provision: Mapping the terrain
Rob White

Youth work as a profession

The youth work contract: Professionalism and ethics
Howard Sercombe

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

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

Youth work: The professionalisation dilemma
Howard Sercombe

Youth work: The Loch Ness monster and professionalism
Judith Bessant

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

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

Intervention models

Youth work as a response to social values
David Maunders

Youth affairs in Australia (page 48 & 49 of PDF)
Michael Cusack

Models of youth work intervention
Trudi Cooper and Rob White

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

Power, ethics and youth work
Howard Sercombe

Theorising youth and difference
Heather Stewart

Nonviolence as a framework for youth work practice
Graeme Stuart

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

Youth work: The problem of values
Tim Corney

General skills

Small group process awareness: A field experience
David Goble

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

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

The role of an advocate for young people
Moira Rayner (Not available)

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

Ten arguments against youth curfews
Rob White

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

Conflict resolution and nonviolence workshops with young people
Graeme Stuart

Whitelion individualised mentoring and employment program
Alistair Lemmon

Youth working and workplaces

Free market economics and new directions for youth workers
Judith Bessant

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

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

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

Youth workers and stress
Vaughan Bowie

Volume 2
Youth work and youth issues

Youth participation

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

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

Science for street kids: The Questacon Myer Project
Joanne Codling

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

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

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

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

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

Assisting youth / researching youth

Youth researching youth
Christine Alder and Danny Sandor

Youth participation in youth-focused research
Victoria Wilkins, Kerry Bryans, Susan Hetzel, Aaron Cutler and Joanne Ellis (Not available)

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

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

Responding to adolescent loss and grief
Helen Tolshoshev (Not available)

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

Suicide prevention training: A workshop
Sharon Wright and Graham Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sexuality education vs sex education
Peter Gourlay

An approach for high school students
Michael Paulsen

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

Students as bystanders to sexual coercion
Ken Rigby and Bruce Johnson

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

Homelessness & accommodation

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

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

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

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

Alcohol & drugs

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

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

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

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

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

‘Getting shown a thing or two’: The adoption of Nyungar cultural forms by youth workers
David Palmer (Not available)

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

Youth work, Aboriginal young people and ambivalence
David Palmer

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working with culturally diverse communities

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Residential care

Developing a course for young offenders
Mark Collis and Michael Griffin

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

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

Rural locations

Planning local services for rural young people
Bruce McKenzie

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

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

Going bush: Youth work in rural settings
Howard Sercombe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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