Working with Vulnerable Youth to Enhance their Natural Supports: A Practice Framework
The importance of family, community, and peer relationships is obvious to most of us. We know we’d be lost without the support of people whose lives are intertwined with ours. As complicated as they sometimes are, these relationships have a huge impact on our sense of identity and belonging, and provide a rich array of resources and supports on which to draw. A natural supports approach cannot be captured in a series of steps or procedures that will work in every situation. It’s a context-sensitive approach that requires practitioners to adapt their methods to the strengths, needs and circumstances of each youth. For this reason, you won’t find step-by-step instructions in this framework. Instead, you’ll find a set of higher level principles to guide practice.