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ERIC Number: EJ836409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0145-935X
My Stomach Fell through the Floor: The Moment of Not-Knowing What to Do
Anderson-Nathe, Ben
Child & Youth Services, v30 n1-2 p1-9 Jun 2008
Youth workers routinely experience moments in their professional practice with young people when, despite their experience and training, they are simply at a loss for what to do, how to respond, and how to be helpful to the youth. These experiences of not-knowing are seldom shared with other youth workers, which contributes to a climate of shame and humiliation. Professional supervision seldom attends to how youth workers experience these moments and their personal and vocational costs. This study presents a phenomenological investigation of how youth workers experience moments of not knowing what to do, identifies five central themes of the experience, and makes recommendations for improved youth work practice and supervision. This chapter presents the research question and its significance to the field of American youth work. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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