We've compiled a huge list for of articles and books that we found over our years of working with youth from all backgrounds. We hope that somewhere in this list you'll find inspiration, insight, knowledge, and maybe even some humour. Download the full list and start reading.
Working with High Risk Youth: A Relationship-Based Practice (2017)
————Peter Smyth (Speaking at A4YC 2018)
The book starts with where high-risk youth come from with an overview of attachment, trauma and brain development. It moves on to a practice framework and philosophy for working with this challenging but important population of youth covering engaging and working with youth through relationship; harm reduction approaches; resiliency/strength-based perspectives; community collaboration; addictions; strategies; and ethics and boundaries. There are case examples, personal experiences of the author, vignettes of progressive practice, as well as discussion questions, and the opportunity for self-reflection, at the end of each chapter.
Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future
————Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg (Speaking at A4YC 2018) , Steve Bockern
Reclaiming Youth At Risk offers educators and others access to unique strategies for reaching troubled youth. This resource explores: - The roots of discouragement in today’s youth, including destructive relationships, learned irresponsibility, and a loss of purpose. - How to create a Circle of Courage to give youth a sense of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. - How to mend a circle that has been broken. - How to reclaim youth who are troubled or lost.
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
————Dr. Gabor Maté
From street-dwelling drug addicts to high-functioning workaholics, the continuum of addiction cuts a wide and painful swath through our culture. Blending first-person accounts, riveting case studies, cutting-edge research and passionate argument, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction (available for order in Canadian and U.S. editions, as well as an acclaimed audiobook version) takes a panoramic yet highly intimate look at this widespread and perplexing human ailment. Countering prevailing notions of addiction as either a genetic disease or an individual moral failure, Dr. Gabor Maté presents an eloquent case that addiction – all addiction – is in fact a case of human development gone askew.
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