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12 fabulous ways of talking with young people

A new book by Peter Slattery

It’s true – ‘Frames’ is fabulous. In this comprehensive, practical guide, one-of-a-kind Peter Slattery skilfully invites us into thought-provoking and sometimes quirky conversations with young people. The insightful formulation of diverse and important topic areas into ‘frames’ is enlightening in itself, with respectful enquiry gently pushing towards the essence of a young person’s experiences and perspectives. We are encouraged throughout to be mindful of how the exchange is going and, before concluding, to always ‘make sure they are OK’. If you are ‘anyone who talks with young people’, I highly recommend ‘Frames’.

Clinical Professor David Bennett, AO Senior Staff Specialist in Adolescent Medicine, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.

I’ve been using the book for more than a year and…I’ve found specifically Body Mind Heart and Spirit to be very helpful and I love Believe, Value, Act…Frames are just so easy to apply with not just young people but I’ve actually used it with adults as well. I’ve found it to be so effective and I want to thank you Pete…it’s a really natural tool that I enjoy using and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the rest of it.

Marissa Borromeo, Adolescent Counsellor

What are Frames?

A Frame is just what it sounds like. It’s something that contains or puts a border around what you are looking at, so you can see more clearly what lies within it.

In this case a Frame is a way of ‘framing’ parts of a person’s life so that together you can take a look at those parts.

Why Frames?

Each Frame focuses on things which evidence, common sense & experience tell us are central to our wellbeing, & specifically important to our young people.

What is in each Frame?

Each Frame has three to four elements or parts, usually connected in some way. You explore these parts within a process that flows from ‘Opening the conversation,’ to ‘Developing the conversation,’ through to ‘Coming to a close.’ There is discussion, imagination and exploration, but quite deliberately there is no aim for a fixed outcome.

Who are Frames for?

Frames, and this book are for anyone who talks with young people; parents, teachers, youth workers, counsellors, social workers, pastoral care folk, or other young people themselves. And the ‘young people’ you talk with might be 10, 15 or 25 years old. They just need to be old enough to chat.

What can they achieve?

A Frame’s conversation, whether 5 or 30 minutes long, might help a young person sort out a problem or help them arrive at a decision.

Most of us can remember important moments when we met someone who made a difference, who was important to us. A good conversation, at the right moment, with a good person, can change our lives.

A fabulous way of having conversations

Frames give you a creative and engaging way of finding out toegther just how a young person is and what is happening in their life. This book gives you 12 Frames for you to begin having a meaningful conversation with a young person, as well as tips and ideas how you can create your own together.