Working With Individuals.

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Working With Individuals

"In what ways can counselling skills in youth work help a young person with the process of growing up?"


There are many ways in which using counselling skills in youth work can be effective in helping individuals with the process of growing up. All youth workers need to use counselling skills to enable effective work with individuals, these skills may be used together with helping models to deliver effective youth work.

I will be discussing how I think this may be done in the following ways

Intro Part 2

I will begin by explaining what I mean by the terms "counselling skills"

Needs and growing up

I will then go on to discuss the process of developing and growing up for young people, I will discuss "needs" theory and cover the work of Maslow and Kellmer Pringle. I will go on to discuss the issues young people face when going through the process of growing up.

Skills & Helping Models

I will then demonstrate my understanding of different communication/interpersonal skills, which are used in youth work, and theoretical 'helping' models, which I have found useful. I will outline the work of Egan, Heron and Nelson Jones. I will then introduce an example of how the skills/model approach can be effective in youth work.

Ethics and Values

When discussing Values underlying youth work I will draw on Carl Rogers' Core Conditions, arguing the importance of ethical conduct for youth workers when working with individuals.


Lastly I will discuss why setting boundaries and understanding the importance of confidentiality for both youth workers and young people are both important aspects in enabling effective youth work with individuals.

Counselling skills

Counselling skills are communication/interpersonal skills and attitudes, which should be used ethically in youth work, which are person-,