Right Here, Right Now: Exploring Life-Space Interventions for Children and Youth

 
9780132155120: Right Here, Right Now: Exploring Life-Space Interventions for Children and Youth

The first Canadian text of its kind, Right Here, Right Now: Exploring Life Space Interventions for Children and Youth provides students with the tools they need to apply life-space intervention concepts to real-life situations.

 

Right Here, Right Now  provides a theoretical and practical exploration of life-space intervention as the central concept in working with children and youth in the 21st century. Kiaras Gharabaghi and Carol Stuart argue for an updated concept of life space to reflect changes in social conventions, technology, and our evolving cultural diversity by emphasizing four dimensions of life-space: physical, virtual, mental, and relational.

          Employing the language of social pedagogy, Gharabaghi and Stuart argue that life-space intervention is about promoting the process of learning for young people. Right Here, Right Now ties together theoretical and practical elements into a unified argument about the pedagogic character of life-space intervention.

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About the Author:

Kiaras Gharabaghi teaches in the School of Child & Youth Care at Ryerson University. Kiaras has worked with children, youth, and families for over twenty years, during he which he held front line management positions in the Children’s Mental Health, the Child Welfare, and the Youth Homelessness sectors. His teaching is focused on professional issues in the discipline, including ethics, boundaries, relationships, and exploration of Self, as well as the status of the profession itself, unions, and professional associations. Kiaras’ research interests currently relate to youth homelessness and inter-sectoral collaboration and service integration, residential care, social pedagogy, and youth entrepreneurship.

 

Carol Stuart is the Dean of Health and Human Services (including Child and Youth care) at Vancouver Island University. Prior to that, she was an Associate Professor at Ryerson University after starting their Child and Youth Care Workers degree program. She served as Director of School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson from 2002 to 2007. She has experience working within residential and community-based Child and Youth Care organizations across three provinces.

Review:

“This text masterfully articulates (in writing) a number of major concepts and practices that are discussed on a daily bases in CYC practice and education, but that have never really been brought together in a comprehensive way.... The stories are my favourite part of the chapters and I suspect that will also be the case for many of the students, who regularly tell me that case studies are what bring the learning to life for them.”

--Donna Jamieson, Grant MacEwan University

 

“The stories throughout are rich, alive and relevant to the content.”

--Professor, George Brown College

 

“The Canadian content of examples is refreshing (this applies to all chapters) and alleviates the recurrent task of converting content pertaining to issues in the United States to those found in Canada. The premise of the text is well laid out – taking Child and Youth Workers beyond ‘keepers of the keys’ to the relational foundation of our work and broadens the scope of the long help precept of life-space.” 

--Professor, St. Clair College

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