Boys, Adolescents, Young Men and Gang Culture
Duration 1 day
This course has been designed to help the delegates understand why boys and adolescents join gangs and to equip them with practical intervention skills they can use in their support work. The day begins by analysing how boy's identities form and then reflects on intervention styles to dissolve chronic anger. The attendees learn how they can assist the young person to make more life fulfilling choices. Key skills are drawn upon to build and maintain trust, motivation and affirmation. Through the use of practical interventions to dissolve young men's anger and building a platform to move away from becoming embroiled in gang culture, the principles of desistance can be put into operation. These principles will be discussed throughout the day.
- Working on the concepts of "desistance" building rapport, active listening, highlighting resilience and working towards an "emotional recovery"
- Understanding the connections between family tension, violence and the "hard man"
- Positive and negative rationales for joining a gang
- Decisional balance: Why should someone change their style of life? - What motivates change?
Methods of Delivery
The day is a combination of structured input and exercises to enable participants to understand and practice intervention techniques. It is highly interactive and delegates are encouraged to be engaged, fine-tuning their own skills and knowledge of best practice in a safe, supportive environment. Practitioners are strongly advised to bring through case histories to discuss within the group work. The last session is working with actors who role-play gang members where the lessons from the day will be put into practice.
- Course Content
- Training Considerations
- Related Courses
- Understand how to draw upon the techniques of desistance and put them into practice
- Work through layers of change within clients
- Work on the concept of emotional recovery
- Understand the motivation for change and work on the wider anchors
- Develop a comfortable interaction style and obtain feedback on approach in a supportive framework
This day is for practitioners working with "young masculinities" who require intervention skills.
The course is aimed at practitioners involved with the criminal justice, troubled families, youth work, drugs work, homeless hostels and mental health services.
Upon completion of the course, the delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.
Men, Violence & Gangs