Preparation for Practice
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
Professional practice is at the heart of youth work training but integrating the theory learned in class with the reality of placements can sometimes require extra support. This comprehensive textbook is designed to help students working with young people become competent and ethical practitioners, able to reflect on their learning and interventions in young people’s lives.
Divided into three parts, this core text:
Engaging and practice-driven, this is an essential text for all students learning about working with young people, whether on youth work or allied courses. It includes case-studies, practice pointers, further reading and reflective questions to help readers make connections between their own knowledge and practice.
Preface: How to Use This Book 1. Introduction 2. Preparation for Practice Learning Part One: Principles 3. Locating the Self 4. The Ethical Practitioner 5. The Informal Educator 6. Using Supervision Part Two: Context 7. The Community Context 8. The Organisational Context 9. Working in Partnership Part Three: Practice 10. Frameworks for Practice 11. Working with Individuals 12. Working with Groups 13. Effective Communication 14. Challenging Oppression 15. Encouraging Active Participation 16. Reflective Practice
Jason Wood is Head of Research and Senior Lecturer in the Youth and Community Division at De Montfort University, UK. He has teaching and research interests in the relationship between youth work theory, policy and practice.
Sue Westwood is Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Development at De Montfort University, UK. She has specialist expertise in applying psychological theories and principles within the practice of youth and community development work and developing professional practice.
Gill Thompson is Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Development and Field Placement Co-ordinator at De Montfort University, UK.