What is a Frame?
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’s inside, or in this case, what you might want to talk about.
Each of the 12 ‘Frames’ in this book gives you a way to have a meaningful conversation with a young person in an unusual way, balancing fun with challenge, the light-hearted with the more serious. They give you a creative and engaging way of finding out together just how a young person is and what is happening in their life.
‘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.
And you will find that the last of the 12 Frames is tips and ideas about how you can create your own together. Frames really are fabulous.
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.
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