Workshop Feb 20, 2018 | Toronto | Supporting Youth: Nurturing Relationships while Navigating Boundaries

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
9:00am – 1:00pm EST
Room 519, Kaneff Tower,
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3

Relationship is at the centre of supporting youth wellbeing. Effective youth work is delicately balanced on the quality of an engaged relationship with youth.

This workshop will explore the range of issues and dynamics that are in play when working with youth including the personal as well as various ethical, legislative and rights-based considerations. The workshop will review the multiple dynamics that relate to the effective boundaries and relationships between youth and youth workers.

The workshop will draw on engaged discussions, exercises and reflections to explore, interrogate and identify the principles that guide effective practices around the following areas:

  • Developing and managing boundaries
  • The requirements that arise from professional ethics, legislation and a rights perspective
  • The role of power in effective relationships
  • The intersectionality of individual and systemic shaming
  • The need to be an ally
  • Models and examples for effective advocacy

Join us at 9am for coffee/tea and networking. The session will begin at 9:30am. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP soon!

Rick Kelly

Rick was a professor at George Brown College’s Child and Youth Worker Program. Rick is a youth worker with over 40 years in the field. He has been a street worker, a clinician, play therapist, a community development worker, consultant, supervisor, and manager and educator. He believes that while good practice needs to be directed to individual children and youth, sustainable change, and the elimination of diminished positive outcomes for children and youth, will not occur unless the social determinants of health and systemic inequities are addressed. Change needs to take place at both a micro and macro level, which hears, is built on, and includes the voices and lived experiences of children, youth their families, and communities.

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