About Pete

Watch these videos to find out more about what I do.

The following three versions of my CV will give you some idea of what I have been up to over the years. I have given you these versions so if you need something you can choose between the more relaxed and the slightly more formal versions.  Of course, you are welcome to just copy and paste anything you see here, or if you need something else then please let me know.

Peter’s history

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 1.44.11 PMMany years ago, Peter did a B.A. Social Science and an M.A. Psychology. He says he thoroughly enjoyed his studies and freely admits to having learned something. He also says that the past 30 years of working with young people, especially with those having a hard time of life, have taught him a lot more, and given him some ideas about how to make use of what he learned at university. Today, Peter works freelance across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, with occasional jaunts into Asia, North America the U.K. and Europe. He continues his focus of working with young people in all the places you expect to find them; and finds himself working within all the school systems, as well as in refuges, rehab centres, the many elements of youth programmes and in juvenile justice settings. Peter is particularly keen on working collaboratively with all those in the lives of young people who are so vital to their welfare, their friends and families, and the communities which surround them. Having done this work for a long time now, Peter finds himself in demand as a trainer of workers, and as a supervisor and mentor; and at some time or other, he has worked with all the connected Government Departments; Health, Education, Community Services, Immigration and Juvenile and Corrective Services; and he has found his way into most tertiary institutions throughout the state. He has published extensively, both hard copy and in the E world.

Peter is constantly in demand as a speaker both within Australia and overseas. He says he considers himself extremely lucky, and thinks of his work as an uplifting challenge, a privilege, a joy and often, just a lot of fun. He says he can’t imagine himself doing anything else – he’s in the right job.


  • Frames: 12 Fabulous ways of talking with teens.’
  • Youthworks.’ A practical book about working with young people
  • Questions of Choice.’ A DVD about group work with young people
  • Conversations with young people.’ Online videos about ‘therapy’
  • THOUGHTPICS.’ An audio-visual group work resource
  • ‘A Wide Lens.’ Holistic work with children and young people. An online resource
  • ‘Group work in Australia.’ (Contributing chapters on young people)

Shorter version

Peter Slattery has worked with individuals, families and communities for 30 years. Resident in Sydney Australia; Peter works throughout his own country as well as in Asia, Europe and North America. Among the many resources he has published is ‘Youth works. A very practical book about working with young people’ which is used both in Australia and overseas, the training DVD ‘Conversations with young people’ the multi-media groupwork resource ‘THOUGHTPICS’ and  most recently the on-line learning resource ‘A Wide Lens.’ Peter’s passion is to find or develop new, exciting and ever more useful ways of helping people explore what troubles or inspires them. He draws on theatre, storytelling, drawing, humour and indeed anything at all that might help in this process.

Informal version; me speaking

I’ve worked with individuals, families and communities for over 30 years. I live in Sydney and work throughout Australia and Aoterora New Zealand, with occasional jaunts to Asia, Europe and North America. I am happy to have written ‘Youth works’ and produced the DVD ‘Conversations with young people’, the group work resource ‘THOUGHTPICS’. and the on-line learning resource ‘A Wide Lens.’ My search is always to find or develop new, exciting and ever more useful ways of helping people explore what troubles them as well as their hopes and dreams. In doing this, I call on physical movement, theatre, storytelling, drawing, what I call ‘humour’ and really, anything at all that might add something to this process. All of this is, for me, an ongoing totally challenging joy and privilege.

Please contact Peter to discuss any aspect of his work.

Okay, so there are the CV’s. It may also be useful for you to be aware of the areas in which I both conduct direct work and train others. You will find fuller descriptions of a number of these as workshops on other pages of the site.

  • What really works with young people? Turning evidence into practice
  • Engaging with disengaged young people
  • Engaging young people. What works?
  • Talking to teens. Therapy on-the-go
  • Adolescent risk-taking. Understanding it – and responding
  • Wellbeing and resilience. Realities behind the word
  • Drug use and young people – Change and Choice
  • Young people and groupwork. Fast, challenging and fun
  • Sex; Sexuality; and Gender
  • Working with young people in crisis
  • Theatre in Therapy and Education
  • Groupwork. Making it sensational!
  • Groupwork. Activities, activities and more activities
  • Supervision: A tricky business
  • Motivation. What is it really?
  • Adult Education: Is it Really Different from other Education?
  • Training Trainers
  • People and Organisations: Where do you want to work?
  • Teams: Balancing Group and Individual Styles, Needs and Desires

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