In collaboration with colleagues of mine, Nancy Pereira and Erin Smith as well as a whole Steering Committee of professionals and youth, I created the Art of Youth Engagement Course for Mental Health Professionals. This course involves two workshops, each based on the Art of Hosting methodologies and world views.
Youth Engagement has a rich history of research and articulation. It aims to radically shift youth work toward being collaborative so that services work WITH young people not FOR young people.
Youth Engagement is Participatory Leadership. And when I realised this, I took all that I had learned in both fields and melded them. There is now a mandate from an Ontario governmet agency to deliver this teaching for free to any mental health agency in the province who requests it. There is a community of practice of mental health professionals and youth who receive or once received mental health services who are committed to support each other and others to deepen our Youth Engagement practice in order to strengthen our ability to respond to the mental health needs of young people.
The three journals below were developed for mental health professionals during courses that took place in January and March 2011. This work is evolving and certain to bring further and further evolutions of materials and journals as more and more courses are delivered.
Thanks for sharing these resources Catherine! I haven't read them, but it is fabulous that you share them all here freely. That's the good work of contribution to the whole community.(In order for people to find your contribution more easily, I have put this conversation thread under Exiting New Developments; I think that is where it belongs!)
Some information that belongs here, from the emaillist:
I work with the Peaceful World Foundation at the Red Vic B & B Peace Center (http://www.redvic.com) in San Francisco where we hold weekly Peaceful World Conversations. They focus on how each of us can give our gifts to make a better world. Since we're a bed and breakfast, our guests are from all over the world and our conversations help us learn about other countries.