Being with: child and youth care professionals’ practice with suicidal adolescents.

Suicide is a leading cause of death for adolescents and as such, a relevant practice concern for child and youth care (CYC) professionals. CYC professionals’ mental health literacy practices realized during encounters with suicidal adolescents was the focus of this constructivist grounded theory study. Based on data analysis of documents pertaining to suicide (e.g., agency […]

“Why did you call for them?” Child and youth care professionals’ practice of flooding the zone during encounters with suicidal adolescents.


The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Adolescents in Home-Based Foster Care


Issues and Answers

A staff member of a group home for adolescent girls asks how staff can distinguish between regular acting-out behaviour & behaviour that indicates real suicide intent. The response is that staff should focus on managing the behaviour & not on whether the behaviour may or may not be manipulative. An approach that is suggested is […]

Basic Psychological Skills for Front-Line Staff of Residential Youth Facilities (HV 863 F73 1993)

Chapter 1 of this book addresses learned helplessness & goal setting. Chapter 2 reviews communications with an emphasis on listening skills & the development of positive relationships. 3 perspectives on problem solving are presented in Chapter 3. The fourth chapter outlines a user-friendly presentation of behaviour modifications. Chapter 5 is on suicide risk assessment & […]

Suicide Prevention (IN: Basic Psychological Skills for Front-Line Staff of Residential Youth Facilities, by K France)

Potential suicide is seen as a problem for approximately 14% of all students in residential youth facilities. Front-line staff need to understand risk factors associated with suicide & should be familiar with basic intervention principles. When intervening with such residents, there are 5 considerations to keep in mind: arranging medical assistance, determining appropriate intervention, decreasing […]

Death and People With Learning Disabilities: Interventions to Support Clients and Carers

The needs of people with learning disabilities who are bereaved have been acknowledged in the last decade. There is more understanding of the ways to meet these needs. Caregivers need training & support when working with people who are dying or bereaved. This paper reviews the relevant literature, offers guidelines for practice & highlights areas […]

Effects of a Multi-Factor Education Program on the Attitude of Child and Youth Worker Students Toward Gays and Lesbians

A program addressing attitudes, behaviour & cognitions was designed to effect & maintain positive attitudes toward gay & lesbian youth by caregivers. 35 child & youth workers participated in 1 of two 6-hour programs – the experimental group examined gay/lesbian lives & a control group studied youth suicide. On post-test measures, experimental subjects had significantly […]

When Grief Comes to School. Multi-Media Materials for Professional Growth

This video workshop tape includes a 69 minute video tape of presentation material and a 20-page Leader’s Guide with suggested procedures & ready-to-copy handout for participants. The material focuses on grief following death but is adaptable to losses of other kinds. The kit is intended as a resource for teachers, parents & other caregivers & […]

Child-Related Characteristics Associated With Preventing Out-of-Home Child Placement in Home-Based Family-Centered Programs: a Research Note

The relationship of 12 variables related to children at risk for out-of-home placement & successful placement outcome for families who had received short-term, home-based, family-centered services was examined. Data were obtained from 139 case files. Age, gender, physical aggression, delinquency, problem school behaviour, physical & sexual abuse, neglect & suicidal behaviour were unrelated to placement […]

Suicide Prevention and Intervention in Child Care Programs

Addresses the issue of suicide prevention & intervention in residential child care programs. The dynamics of suicidal behavior are examined through a discussion of types of suicidal behaviors, staff attitudes toward these behaviors, & assessment of suicide potential. Various modes of intervention are also explored. (13 ref)

Suicidal Behavior by Preschool Children

Sixteen suicidal preschoolers age 2-5 years who were referred to a university child psychiatry outpatient clinic were compared with 16 behaviorally disordered preschoolers matched by age, sex, race, & parental & socioeconomic status. The suicidal group showed significantly more nonsuicidal self-directed aggression, loss of interest, morbid ideas, depression, impulsivity & hyperactivity, & running away behavior. […]

Suicide Testimony Over