Category Archives: Helpsheets

Issue: Resiliency

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One of the biggest determining factors in whether a kid makes it through tough times is how resilient they are. And resiliency can be developed. As youth workers we may not be able to remove kids from unhealthy situations but we can help them become people that are not consumed by them.

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Issue: High Conflict Youth

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When emotion is high, thinking is low.

Working with high conflict youth can bring out heightened emotions in youth workers just as much as in the youth. So how do we help teens without getting caught up in their drama?

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Issue: Reporting and Responding to Abuse

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It’s not something any of us ever want to face with youth and yet statistics tell us 1 out of every 3 adults in Canada have been impacted by abuse. If a youth discloses an abuse to you, you are 1 of 3. Do you know what to do? Here are some first steps to get you started.

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Go HERE to watch the accompanying video on this topic.

Issue: Helping Youth Help Themselves


As youth workers we can get stuck in ‘rescuing’ the youth we work with and forget about empowering them to manage their lives. Iona Snair shares with us how we can go about teaching this vital life skill to youth.

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Go HERE to watch the accompanying video on this topic.

Issue: Answering Tough Questions

Screen shot 2014-06-27 at 1.32.20 PMOften it’s not what we say but how we say it that makes a difference. Young people may be asking tough questions for a lot reasons and how we answer them can be an invitation to continued conversation.  Check out the ideas on this helpsheet to help you be prepared for the tough questions.

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Also check out the 3 minute training video to accompany this Helpsheet HERE

Issue: Teens who Self-Harm

There are many different reasons for youth to self-harm. If they feel numb, they can self- harm to feel alive. If they are angry, they can self harm to punish someone else. It can take many different forms – anything from cutting to unsafe sex. The most common reason people start self-harming is to reduce emotional distress. And in the immediate, it works. That’s why self-harm is so addicting.

Download the Helpsheet PDF HERE.

(download the Helpsheet PDF HERE)

Further recommended  reading: “Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut” by Marv Penner, and  “Healing the Hurt Within ”  by J. Hope Sutton

WARNING: We don’t recommend kids going onto online forums and talking about self-harm. In our experience it seems to trigger the urge to self harm, teach them, increase their options of how to do it, and how to keep it secret longer. Having said that there are many online forums for kids to get plugged into. If a young person is involved in online forums anyway, it’s important that they plug into a positive forum focused on health and help.    www.recoveryourlife.com provides some less negative and more healthy online exchanges.

Issue: Disordered Eating

4386eating-disorder3Helping Teens Who Struggle with Disordered Eating

There are some signs of disordered eating that you can pick up on if you are paying attention. Keep in mind that not every youth who complains about their weight has an eating disorder. Don’t go jumping at shadows. However if you see one of these red flags be sure to keep your eyes out for others.

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Recommended reading: Anorexia Diaries by Linda M. Rio and Tara M. Rio