Starting with the personal, the lectures explore the importance of situating ourselves in our work with young people, then examines the foundational values that youth work is built on and ethical questions that emerge when our professional perspectives conflict with our personal and political perspectives, and then looks at youth work policy in Ontario and various policy milestones aimed at improving youth wellbeing and how these policies impact/inform our work.

Workshop Overview

  1. 1
    • The Personal and Professional Contexts of Youth Work

  2. 2
    • 1. Locating Self

    • 2. Values, Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities

    • 3. The Policy Context of Youth Work

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  3. 3
    • Workshop Feedback

  4. 4
    • Join the Conversation

“The potential for critical practice is inherent in many aspects of youth work, but workers need to be clearer about concepts such as power, purpose and learning and forms of social action, which connect the personal to the political. Because there can be no critical practice without critical practitioners, youth workers need a strong theoretical framework to underpin their work”.

— Bamber, J., & Murphy H.