Talk-Listen: Centering Youth Wisdom in Group Work

Talk-Listen: Centering Youth Wisdom in Group Work

Talk-Listen: Centering Youth Wisdom in Group Work

Child & Youth Care Journal, Volume 31 No. 3
Bhupie Dulay, Stefanie Krasnow, Vikki Reynolds and Graeme Sampson

The Talk-Listen group is a therapeutic group at Peak House that exemplifies a set of ethics, values, and practices, which aim to center and uphold youth wisdom. In this article, transcripts of Talk-Listen groups are utilized to illustrate therapeutic practices that aim to co-construct relational safety, address the contexts in which struggles exist, illuminate resistance, and weave a sense of belonging, connection and hope amongst youth. These practices create the foundation on which youth wisdom can be recognised and witnessed. Through the demonstration of youth wisdom can be recognised and witnessed. Through the demonstration of youth wisdom in practice, this writing also explores the importance of recognising the following in therapeutic work with youth: resistance to oppression as wisdom, the ways that youth laterally mentor and uphold one another, true collaboration and client-centered practice, transformation and change, and the ethical requirement of amplifying hope.

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