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ADOLESCENT CULTURE: ENGAGING AND MOTIVATING YOUNG PEOPLE - Tools and strategies to understand and effectively work with young people

Kim Huckerby, BSocWk; GradDipCouns
One full day
Oct 16, 2020
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Training commences with an icebreaker and group agreement activity to ensure that all participants feel comfortable and safe to share and learn. This is particularly important with the topic area being discussed.


The presentation includes but is not limited to information on adolescent culture, which will detail elements of alcohol and other drugs, sexual health (including sexual identity, gender diversity), mental health and social media to name a few.  This presentation will be a snapshot of young people today, laying the foundation for the rest of the workshop. Brainstorming activities will be used to explore how best to engage with young people.  This will give everyone the opportunity to discuss ways in which they have tried to engage young people and explore what worked, what challenges they experienced and importantly, what learning they took away from that engagement.

This brainstorm will give all participants the chance to learn from each other. Scenarios will be built into the session. This will give participants the opportunity to think about what young people are experiencing today and the pressures they are under. Utilising scenarios will allow the room to navigate their way through motivating young people, taking into consideration the issues impacting them today. Together they will then explore and discuss strategies and ways that they can best support the young people they are working with and each other. Having a safe learning space to do this will create confidence in participants and subsequently, they will then utilise the skills and knowledge learnt in the session, in the outside world.


Here’s what people have said recently about Kim’s training for PDP:

The presenter was engaging and knowledgeable and made everyone feel safe and comfortable to participate. One of the best trainers that I have ever had the pleasure of doing a course with - thank you Kim!”

The instructor was fantastic. From the moment you entered the room where everything was set up so well, to her manner and style, engaging, fun, knowledgeable and lots of opportunity to practice and work with others. Was a great course!”

The course was an amazing insight into the world of youth mental health. Kim was a fantastic instructor who is knowledgeable and passionate about mental health. I would truly recommend to this course to anyone from parents to social workers...”

“Kim was a great presenter who shared so much information today. I feel so much more confident about ways to work with teenagers now.”

This was just what I needed to help my work with adolescents – very insightful and full of useful ideas and strategies – will recommend to others to attend this training.”



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The Wellbeing Affect

Kim Huckerby has spent the last 15 years working extensively with young people, parents, secondary schools, the corporate sector and the wider community. Her professional focus has been on adolescent development, engaging in diverse roles to pursue her passion in education and training about youth issues. Kim has navigated the adolescent space for many years and has found that  through  working  in  different  areas  such  as  psycho-education,  outreach,  mentoring  and

teaching/training, she has equipped herself with the necessary tools, skill base and knowledge to impart some of learnings with the wider community. Over the last few years, Kim has moved into strategic planning and management at Raise Foundation, as well as a newly appointment role in the Learning and Development space. She also runs her own business delivering Youth Mental Health First Aid courses.  

Registration Details

Registration fee:  $199

Lifetime access to the video and the resources

Attendance Certificate for hours of interactive training.  

This seminar provides hours for CPD points.   

You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Understanding of adolescent culture – young people today.
  2. Increased understanding of the impact of issues such as alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, mental health and social media on young people.
  3. Increased confidence in engaging young people with effective tools and strategies.
  4. Increased understanding of the different support services available to young people (both organisations and online).
  5. Skills to motivate young people – understanding their needs and desires, setting goals and working with them to achieve these.

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Participants will leave the session with a good understanding of the issues impacting young people today.
  • Participation in activities that will leave empower to engage and motivate the young people they are connected to.
  • Acquire the tools, skills and confidence to be able to ask a young person if they are ok and to respond effectively.


Session 1:

  • Introduction to adolescent culture.
  • Discussion of youth issues including information on alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, mental health and social media engagement.
  • Youth engagement - how best to engage with young people.

Session 2:

  • Scenarios and practice sessions – youth engagement.
  • What support services are available for young people and the importance of online support services for this generation.
  • Working through goals with young people – how do we motivate young people.
  • Evaluation and closing.

Evaluation and post-test - your payment includes a free post-test which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the test, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 


Target Audience

This presentation is appropriate for participants wanting an overview of youth culture today;
a snap-shot of adolescent culture with tools and strategies provided to best engage with and motivate young people.

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