Module 2: perspectives on working with young people: facilitator's guide

Topic 8: Summary and conclusion

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Suggested time: 1 hour


At this point you should reflect with learners on their learning experience and together assess whether the following learning outcomes have been met:

(A good point for student to contact facilitator.)
  • Review adolescent development as a stage of lifespan development
  • Discuss the role of families and peers in young people's development
  • Discuss the impact of socio-cultural, economic and political factors on young people and their development
  • Relate social justice principles to working with young people
  • Apply a systems model to working with young people.

8.2 Summary of contents

Young people in Australia are growing up in an environment of considerable uncertainty. There are important changes in the structure of the family and the place of cultural identity. There have also been rapid and dramatic changes in the labour market and employment prospects.

Where and how young people grow up, their family formation and circumstances, cultural background and influences, goals and aspirations, all influence the adolescent transition making it a very different experience for different individuals. It is therefore important that young people are not viewed as a homogeneous group. While there is some similarity in the pathways they navigate between childhood and adulthood, there are enormous differences in their experiences and circumstances. These experiences and circumstances not only shape their individuality but also influence how they respond to the range of societal impacts discussed in this module.

8.3 Self-reflection activity (task - writing and group activity)

Ask learners to take some time to reflect on what they have gained from this module and to respond to the following questions. Allow time for feedback and discussion.

Question - Can you identify some new concepts that you have learnt in this module which will help you understand young people?

Question - In what way will these new concepts influence your approaches to working with young people?

Question - Do you feel more confident in understanding young people's developmental, social and systemic influences? Which of these has struck you as important in your work?

Question - Do you understand the main frameworks and models described in this module (e.g. youth focused systems approach, social justice principles and the holistic health model)? Are you interested in learning more about these models? How will you go about doing this?

Question - What are the main issues that this module raised for you?