About Pete

The following three versions of my CV will give you some idea of what I have been up to over the years. I have left two of them in this fairly formal form and in the third person in case you need to use them for submissions or advertising. The third version, as you will see, is more relaxed and is me speaking. You are welcome to just copy and paste anything here, or if you need something else then please let me know. 

Peter’s history

Peter Slattery AboutPeter Slattery’s works spans some 30 years, and over this time as a therapist, educator, facilitator and trainer, Peter has worked with adults, with young people and their families and in the community. Originally he worked in Health Services in Australia as a counsellor and youth worker with young people and their families, and for 10 years worked with READY, a project in the south of Sydney addressing damaging drug use amongst young people. He continues to work with young people, particularly those having a hard time of life and works in youth services, rehab centres, schools, or sitting in coffee shops and in parks. But equally he finds himself involved in working with families and whole communities. Peter works both in Australia and overseas and has presented at conferences and run programs throughout Australia, England, Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States, and more locally has worked in East Timor and extensively throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Over the years he has had the joy of training and supervising a great number of workers and he has found himself at one time or other in most government departments, universities and other places of education and numerous non-government agencies in the health, youth and community fields, conducting training, supervising workers, chairing forums or facilitating ‘moments of tension’.

Peter has produced an enormous number of resources, including his book which is used world-wide: ‘Youthworks. A very practical book about working with young people.’ Most recently he is delighted to have completed a DVD training resource called ‘Conversations with young people’. Peter is constantly in demand as a keynote speaker at conferences throughout Australia and overseas. He says simply that his aim is to be useful, particularly for those having a hard time of life, and to this end he will call on any strategy that might help this process; theatre, physical movement, drawing, ‘challenging’ conversation and just plain foolishness. Peter continues to work extensively throughout Australia and overseas as a direct worker, and as a trainer and speaker.

Short 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’ and the multi-media groupwork resource ‘THOUGHTPICS’. 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’, and most recently the group work resource ‘THOUGHTPICS’. 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 some fuller descriptions of a number of these and other workshops on the ‘Workshops’ page.

  • Gender Today: New Opportunities
  • Well being and resilience. Realities behind the words
  • Engaging with young people. Especially those who don’t want to connect
  • Group work. Making it sensational!
  • Bullying-and what to do about it
  • Sex; Sexuality; and Gender
  • Working with Alcohol and Other Drugs Use
  • Using Brief Interventions
  • Workers’ Roles, Ethics and Responsibilities
  • Goal Setting, Programming and Evaluation
  • Difficult Circumstances; Sensitive Topics
  • Working with Cultural Difference
  • The theatre of social change
  • Theatre in Therapy and education
  • Presentation Skills
  • Supervision: A tricky business
  • Motivation. What is it really?
  • Working with Discrimination: Creating its Opposite
  • Therapy and Education-the Process of Change
  • Working with Young People in Crisis
  • Managing Crisis
  • 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
  • Adolescent Risk Taking: Making sense of it; and Responding
  • Boys and Violence: Rewriting the Script