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Session 12/13

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Teenagers and Leaving the Institution

Competences to be exercised:
Understanding the common challenges of puberty for the young person and the staff group.
•  Preparing the children for puberty through dialogues
•  Managing staff control versus independence: contracting instead of controlling
•  Understanding the importance of the peer group development
•  Aftercare planning
•  Organising “leaving home” party

Theme of the session:
In this training session you are going to work with supporting the phase of transition when the child becomes a teenager and starts creating its own identity. You are also going to work with how to prepare the young person for leaving the institution.


Aims of the session:
The goal of the session is that staff and leader work to create a common understanding of the transition from child to adult, agree on methods to support teenagers in the institution and become aware of the importance of preparing the young person for leaving the institution.

Please use 15 minutes (or as much time as needed) for summing up what you worked with between the last session and this one:

• Did we succeed in doing what we planned?
• What was easy to do and what was difficult?
• What did we learn from doing what was planned?
• What can we do better next time you work between sessions?

Please remember: it is okay if you experienced problems – this is a new way of working, and it takes some exercise and experimenting before it becomes routine.