Project place: Jurmala region, Latvia
Project dates: 23rd – 31st January 2018
Application deadline: 13th November
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Much has been written about the theory and practice of youth work, with the special focus on the interaction between the youth workers and the young people. Nevertheless, there is a neglected area on youth work: how are youth workers stressed by their choice of occupation? How do they and the youth organisations react to that? The caring professions are considered the ones with the highest risks of burnout: that’s why these professionals receive supervision, but the biggest numbers of youth organisations do not provide it for several reasons. The point is that youth workers establish deep and close emotional relations with the young people and, more and more often, they work in difficult contexts (prisons, high poverty areas, anti-violence centres, bullysm) and/or with youngsters at risk or with difficult backgrounds (immigrants, refugees, drop-outs, minorities, rural areas, NEET’s and long term unemployed): both facts are high level stressor that need to be taken care of.
The working methods in the training will be:
- experiential learning
- coaching techniques
The main aim of the training course is to provide youth workers with tools and approaches for their own supervision and to help them in learning how to support their colleagues in dealing with difficult cases and emotional situations through intervision groups.
The specific OBJECTIVES are:
- to create and work in the setting of non-formal education (NFE)
- to provide theoretical and practical information about the history and theories on social inclusion and on the different European realities and strategies
- to develop professional competencies and ethical approaches in the field of social inclusion and for the professional work with disadvantaged groups
- to support reflection about professional backgrounds, needs and development on youth workers
- to create an experiential learning environment where participants can learn tools for professional support, supervision, coaching, and peer support (intervision);
- to experience and learn from practical professional cases
- to learn tools and methods for looking at difficult cases with different point of views
- to experience and learn how to cope with close emotional relationships and other stressors connected with the youth work occupation
- to improve the ability of participants to support other colleagues in dealing with stress as youth workers
- to understand how Erasmus+ can support social inclusion of young people
- age 18+
- youth-workers, social workers, teachers, educators who work with disadvantaged groups
- who have the chance to implement what they will learn once back at work
- are able to communicate in English
- motivated to take part in the project
- willing to share their experience with CID
The priority is given to professionals who have the role in their association to organize or provide support and supervision for the staff and/or for the volunteers.
ACCOMMODATION and FINANCES:
All costs related to accommodation and food will be covered by the hosting organization.
International travel as well as local transport to the airport and training place up to 275 EUR are reimbursed by the host organization.
Participants (or the organisations) have to buy their tickets at least 2 month before the training and send it to the host organisation. All the expenses will be reimbursed via bank transfer within 4 weeks after receiving all the necessary documents. Participant have to collect all the original evidences of the travel (tickets, boarding cards, invoices, proof of payment). Riga (Latvia) is your travel destination by airplane.
Participation fee: 35 EUR (has to be paid in cash at arrival)
Sending fee: 500 MKD