Its not often that I’m inspired by what the Amercians are doing in their youth ministry practice that I think could be replicated in the UK. Often its too programmed or packaged, and the context of american evangelicals needs a severe critical scrutiny, however, In a conversation with youth worker Chuck Mellor from University of California UCLA, he was describing to me the concept of … Continue reading Communique; The lost art to help make our youth work practice go deep
I can honestly say that all of these affected my youthwork practice, they were going to, they affected my whole life. The strange thing was that I thought all of these things were normal. And that there was no way of not having all of these. But that’s what Trauma did to me. Thats what being brought up by a psychopath did to me. So. … Continue reading How did unhealed Trauma affect my Youthwork?
Its a reasonable thing to say, that you were probably working with young people as a way of compensating from the broken childhood that you had (My Therapist) I was always aware that I had a number of people to be grateful for, for being the youth leaders, supportive adults to me during my own teenage life, and there’s no doubt that these people inspired … Continue reading ‘Youth worker, heal thyself’ (Acknowledging how trauma affected my practice)
(This blog is written by James and Christelle to accompany their latest video which is here, in which we ask the same question. We would like to prompt a conversation about this, and would like to hear from you and invite you into the conversation. This blog was also published on ‘Healing for Men’, but I thought it was worth adding here as Theres a lot … Continue reading Generation X, is it now healing from Baby Boomer parents?
On Monday 1st March , the theme of the twitter chat (#ycwchat) was ‘Burnout’ . It was by one of the most contributed to chats, and it was suggested that I write up the responses to the questions that were given. I have tried to include every response, as it was said in the chat and I’ve included all the contributors at the end … Continue reading Stories of Youth Worker Burnout #ycwchat (*doesn’t just apply to youth workers)
Hey Youth and community worker, do you know about the drama triangle? No? Well, here it is: This version is taken from this article ‘Are you stuck in a Drama triangle’ The Drama triangle, first identified by Stephen Karpman in 1968, is a model that describes the interplay of three stereotypical egotistical roles people take up the heat of the moment, in conflict. (Tombs, Joel … Continue reading Youthworker – Do you need to step out of the drama triangle?
I know, I know… its a typical Youthworker cliche that all we do is hang around coffee shops and have meetings…. and maybe all we do during lockdown is do that..but on zoom From today, you can help me out, you can support ‘Learning from the Streets’ (and my other blog ‘Healing for Men) by buying me a coffee! So, as you are reading my … Continue reading Launched today! Buy me a coffee!
In the month of the release of her new book, From Isolation to Community: Youthwork in the Covid era and beyond, I caught up with my friend Jenni Osborn to ask her about what the book is about, and what readers of it can expect, here are my 5 questions with Jenni I hope you enjoy! So Jenni, What’s It About? The book … Continue reading From Isolation to Community; 5 questions with Author Jenni Osborn
I did. Think about the qualities of youth and community workers. Generally. The ones that aren’t a walking ego in an empire building trip with no self reflection or awareness (the externalisers) are usually in it to change the world and make it a better place for others, the young people or the communities in which they serve. They often think about others before themselves … Continue reading Reasons why youthworkers should go to therapy
Im serious. Though, It’s fortunate that Peter Ball and Ben Field have had justice brought to them, I guess then everyone else can relax in the church now, because obviously there cant be any more dangerous abusive psychopaths in it any more. Now that these two have been dealt with, we can all take a breath and feel a warm sense of relief. Trump, the … Continue reading Why you might have a psychopath in your church