Working With Troubled Youth Takes Skill
When I was younger, I lived in residential facilities for a couple of years. In that time, I realized that many of the people I came across had no business working with troubled youth. If this is a career path you are interested in, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
One thing that bothered me greatly when dealing with at risk youth was being judged. I made lots of mistakes in my life and the last thing I needed was for someone to keep reminding me of that. I remember telling a staff member that I was pretty promiscuous and having her give me a speech about how she was still a virgin. This made me feel worse than I already did.
I also had a problem with people telling me how I should feel about things. Even if a troubled teen is telling you that they are experiencing feelings you find odd or invalid, you should let them speak and try finding a way to uncover the underlying issue. Never become accusatory and tell them that there is no reason for them to feel as they do. This shows them that their feelings do not matter to you.
It is important to be stern, but you should not always act like you are a warden. Most troubled teens rebel when they are confronted by authority figures. You should be forceful without making them feel like you are about to beat them with a billy club.
alternatives4teens.com suggest you that ss long as you keep all of these things in mind, you should do okay when you are working with teens that are a bit troubled. This will not be an easy road, but knowing all of this and applying it will make things simpler.
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