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Engaging Young People – Working with Individuals

Videos to help you engage with young people.

This series of videos is a subset of the Engaging Young People – 30 videos course, aimed specifically for those working with Individuals to give you activities you can use to engage with young people, connect with them and build a relationship They are conversational and interactive activities so that, together, you can then begin to discuss matters that are important to your young person.

I invite you to take a look at these strategies, and to share your experiences either with other members of this site or just with me if you prefer, and let me know if the videos and the activities are helpful to you. Go well!


Video 5: How ya doin’? (Working with Individuals)

Length: 5 minutesAuthor: Pete

A strategy, or really..more an idea, if the young person you are going to be talking with has been around the system for some time…and/or is grumpy about being here, maybe doesn’t want to talk with you…

Video 6: Park it and Talk (Working with Individuals)

Length: 4 minutesAuthor: Pete

An activity when you need to have a tricky-sensitive chat with a young person. It suggests that you ‘park’ what you need to talk about, and spend a few minutes getting to know each other – that is, building a relationship so that you are able to have the important chat.

Video 7: Alert… Advise… (Working with individuals)

Length: 4 minutesAuthor: Pete

This strategy suggests that before you tackle a ‘difficult’ topic, you consult the young person you are going to be talking with, and get some advice as to how to tackle this subject, and what to do if it becomes hard for the young person.

Video 11: I See The World (Working with Individuals)

Length: 5 minutesAuthor: Pete

This is an exercise in the development of curiosity, empathy and compassion. An extremely versatile activity you can use in a classroom, a counselling room or walking down the street. It invites a young person to wonder about ‘the passing parade’ of people; who they are as people, where they might have come from, and the circumstances of their life.

Video 12: The World Sees Me (Working with Individuals)

Length: 6 minutesAuthor: Pete

An activity that encourages a young person to think about the tricky balance of being true to their feelings and embracing these, while being mindful of what they are projecting to the world around them, and the impact this will have on how the world will respond to them. A physical activity, both playful and serious.