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    DescriptionYouth workers and other helping professionals regularly find themselves in situations where, despite their experience and education, they simply do not know what to do or how to respond to the circumstances facing them. This book takes up the moment of not-knowing as experienced by youth workers, providing accessible phenomenological descriptions of the experience as lived by several youth workers. In addition to exploring the five dominant themes of the experience, the book situates not-knowing in the larger context of the helping professions and the professionalization of youth work in the United States. It concludes with a discussion of the implications of not-knowing for individual youth workers, for improved practice through integrated clinical and professional supervision, and for the field as a whole. This book will be helpful to practitioners and supervisors in youth work and other helping professions. Youth workers will be able to find themselves reflected in and readily engage with the narratives. Direct service workers and supervisors will benefit from the focuses on practical implications of not-knowing and opportunities for action to help resolve its negative outcomes. Finally, interpretive researchers and students will benefit from the step-by-step description of how to conduct phenomenological investigations. This book was published as a special issue of Child & Youth Services.

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    Youth Workers, Stuckness, and the Myth of Supercompetence
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Anderson-Nathe
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 152
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415997720
    ISBN 10: 0415997720

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: JKSB1, JKSN
    Ingram Subject Code: CF
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Libri: I-CF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17210
    LC classification: HM
    B&T General Subject: 347
    BISAC V2.8: FAM043000
    DC22: 362.7
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: MED003000, FAM013000, SOC025000
    Abridged Dewey: 303
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 21
    DC22: 362.7083
    Thema V1.0: JKSB1, JKSN
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
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    Publication date
    24 March 2010
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    Author Information
    Ben Anderson-Nathe is Assistant Professor in Child and Family Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he also coordinates undergraduate practicum experiences for students entering the fields of youth work, social work, and education. His areas of research and teaching are youth development, youth worker training and development, human sexuality, anti-oppression organizing and education, and the bridges between theory and practice in public policy, health, and social services.
    Table of contents
    1. My Stomach Fell Through the Floor: The Moment of Not-Knowing What to Do 2. Contextualizing Not-Knowing: Terminology and the Role of Professional Identity 3. Investigating Not-Knowing: Research Methodology 4. Whose Stories are These? 5. Like a Deer in the Headlights: The Paralysis of Stuckness 6. Helpless, Hopeless, and Out of Control: Features of Despair 7. Center Stage: Humiliation, Being Found Out, and the Myth of Supercompetence 8. It's Just a Little Too Human: Questions of Vocation 9. Not-Knowing Gives Way to Knowing 10. So What? Now What? Implications for Youth Work Practice 11. Appendix A: Interview Guide