Workshop Jan 18, 2018 | Windsor | Supporting Youth: Nurturing Relationships while Navigating Boundaries

Thursday, 18 January 2018
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST
The Ontario Room
Windsor Family Credit Union Centre
8787 McHugh St
Windsor, Ontario N8S 0A1

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 explored 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 reviewed the multiple dynamics that relate to the effective boundaries and relationships between youth and youth workers.

The workshop drew 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

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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