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Youth resilience and reality focus of Youthline’s first research symposium

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Media Release

1 November 2010

Youth resilience and reality focus of

Youthline’s first research symposium

 

Young people embrace changes in technology, communications and attitudes – a topic under the microscope at Youthline’s first national youth research symposium.

 

On November 16 at Western Springs, Auckland, Places and Spaces will examine the world young people find themselves in – both real and virtual – and the impact this has on how they look for support, help and development.

 

Using txt messaging for counselling is a prime example – as a favourite communication channel for young people, it can’t be ignored.

 

‘Wud u? Shud u? Cud u?’ is Ailsa Haxell’s research into youth counselling in a text medium. Ailsa was recently invited to Belgium to share her work with European youth workers.

 

ADAPT, a A novel mobile phone-based depression prevention programme for adolescents by Auckland University’s Clinical Trials Research Unit will be presented by Youthline’s Gabby Le Geyt.

 

The important impact schools have on influencing student health and wellbeing will be presented by Youth 07 lead researcher Simon Denny.

 

Symposium convener and Youthline Clinical Services Manager, Jayne Mercier, believes New Zealand youth work is informed by some of the world’s best research, and the event will be an opportunity to share this.

 

Places and Spaces will look at the new approach to understanding young people’s resilience as an outcome of their use of services – measuring our work by its impact in helping them be better prepared for life’s challenges,” she says.

 

Pathways to Resilience and Youth Transitions are two collaborative youth research projects exploring the resources young people need to do well and the issues they confront in making successful transitions to young adulthood. Robyn Munford and Jackie Sanders from Massey and Jayne Mercier from Youthline will discuss the projects.

 

Youthline will also be presenting on its own plans for measuring outcomes of the work it does with young people.

Places and Spaces is a part of Youthline’s 40th Anniversary celebrations and the organisation’s commitment to cutting edge research and development and collaboration. It is being hosted in partnership with Massey University and Social Services Providers Aotearoa (SSPA).

 

“We invite anyone with an interest in the youth sector to share these world-class research findings with some of New Zealander’s key youth research experts,” says Mercier.

 

Date:    Tuesday 16 November, 2010

Venue: Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Road

Time:    1pm – 5.30pm

Cost:     $10 or Free for Youthline and Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) members.

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