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The Ultimate Youth Worker Podcast is a weekly podcast that gives you the ins and outs of youth work theory and practice. Hosted by veteran youth work practitioner and academic Aaron Garth you will hear practice wisdom and the latest theory.

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The Ultimate Youth Worker Podcast is a weekly podcast that gives you the ins and outs of youth work theory and practice. Hosted by veteran youth work practitioner and academic Aaron Garth you will hear practice wisdom and the latest theory.

    Podcast 043 Thinking Critically in Youth Work Part 2

    Podcast 043 Thinking Critically in Youth Work Part 2

    In todays episode of the Ultimate Youth Worker Podcast, “Thinking Critically About Youth Work: Part Two”, Aaron continues to speak with Dr. Brian Belton about the need for youth workers to be critically reflective about who we are as professionals. Taking our conversation up to the next level we speak about the need for supervision to help youth workers become more critically reflective. We talk about why we need this for the benefit of the profession and for the young people we support.

    • 34 min
    Podcast 042: Thinking Critically About Youth Work: Part 1

    Podcast 042: Thinking Critically About Youth Work: Part 1

    In todays episode of the Ultimate Youth Worker Podcast, “Thinking Critically About Youth Work: Part One”, Aaron speaks with Dr. Brian Belton about the need for youth workers to be critically reflective about who we are as professionals. Over the years we have had some really great deep web chats with Brian, but this is the first face-to-face!! I mean he lives in the UK and Aaron is here in Australia! Critically thinking about youth work is something that both Brian and Aaron are very passionate about and we hope these two podcast sessions help you to re-think what you thought you knew about youth work.

    • 37 min
    Podcast 041 Listen to Engage

    Podcast 041 Listen to Engage

    In todays episode of the Ultimate Youth Worker Podcast, “Listen to Engage”, Aaron speaks to us about the need for youth workers to listen respectfully to their young people. On of the keys to developing respectful engagement with our young people is the skill of listening to gain understanding of how they view their experiences.

    • 23 min
    Podcast 040: Supervision

    Podcast 040: Supervision

    In todays episode of the Ultimate Youth Worker Podcast “Supervision” Aaron speaks to us about the need for youth workers to have good professional supervision. As an industry that claims professional status it is ludicrous that most of our members do not receive a minimum of monthly professional supervision..
    Supervision In, the AYAC National Youth Work Snapshot 2013, a survey of youth workers showed that 8.4% of surveyed youth workers had never had a supervision session and around 51.7% receive it less than once every three months. As an industry that claims professional status this is appalling. It is no wonder that the sector in Australia turns over staff at 23% every year. Supervision is important to staff retention.
     
    The best supervisors I have had came from both ends of the qualification spectrum. One was a qualified Social Worker with over a decade of experience who regularly attended courses on supervision. The other was a Youth Worker who had no qualifications but was an avid reader of supervision texts and attended every professional development opportunity focused on supervision. The skill set that both of these supervisors had in common was an eager appetite to better their own practice as supervisors and a great ability to listen and reflect. The styles they used were different, the theoretical focus wide and varied and the outcomes specific to the needs of myself and my clients.
     
    Maidment & Beddoe (2012) believe that supervision must be placed at the core of professional development for staff, “We want to place supervision at the heart of professional development, which is career-long and where, via diverse learning activities, practitioners refine and augment their knowledge, develop skills, and undertake supervision to enhance critically reflective practice”.

     
    The largest cause of burnout within our sector is that of psychological distress with around 23% of work cover claims. Using supervision sessions in the format above creates an opportunity for minimising the distress and maximising longevity in the field. Supervision provides a conduit for communication on specific issues relating to the causes of youth worker burnout. It asks us to be open and responsive to the issues while learning and developing our skills.
     


    But why should youth workers have supervision in the first place???
     
    The short answer is supervision gives us time to reflect and develop our skills to become the best we can be!
     
    The longer answer is as people who are professionals we are required to critically reflect on the work we do through a lens of evidence and research. To do this we need to be held accountable by other practitioners in our field with more experience. The process of professionalisation has changed youth work into an industry which abides by this ethos and expects staff to be held accountable for their work.


     
    What should supervision look like?
     
    We use a model based on the work of Alfred Kadushin where there are at least three distinct spheres to supervision that need to be addressed in each session for effectiveness: understanding the field of practice and how it applies to your tasks, personal support and affect regulation, and the administrative elements to your work within your organisation. As an external supervisor we add the element of professional skills development to this as well.

    • 24 min
    Podcast 039 Why research must inform your practice

    Podcast 039 Why research must inform your practice

    In todays episode of the Ultimate Youth Worker Podcast "Why research must inform your practice" Aaron speaks to us about the need to use evidence based practice in our youth work. We look at the need for professionals to have a theory base in their industry which informs the way they practice.

    • 27 min
    Podcast 038 Planning your year ahead

    Podcast 038 Planning your year ahead

    In todays podcast "Planning your year ahead" Aaron helps us to think about the areas we need to plan for our best year in 2021. We look at our personal and professional lives and set about planning eight areas to develop the best possible start to the year.


    Planning for your year ahead
    One of the most important steps we can take for our own development and to be able to provide the best possible service to our young people is to have a clear plan for our year ahead. Most people go through life hoping things will happen for them. They wing it and then they wonder why their dreams never come to fruition.

    One of the ways I begin each year is by doing a 'Wheel of Life' assessment. It helps me to look at where I am at and where i would like to be. It also helps us to look at the areas of our lives that we need to work on.

    • 30 min

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The ultimate youth worker podcast is awesome!!! The way Aaron makes theory relevant to everyday practice is so helpful every day!