Walking a tightrope: working with risky behaviours in adolescent clients
As children move into adolescence they become increasingly curious about the adult world and interested in finding out about its possibilities and limitations.
Age-restricted activities such as sex, drinking, smoking, and drugs, become areas many are keen to explore. Risk-taking tends to be a natural part of a young person’s life as they try to find out more about themselves and their capabilities.
While for some this will move into reckless and dangerous behaviour, risk-taking is also a positive and necessary part of adolescence. As young people develop, their confidence in themselves builds as they take risks which allow them to appreciate the consequences of their behaviour.
About the host
Rebecca Kirkbride is a BACP senior accredited counsellor of adults, children and young people and the author of the recently published Counselling Children and Young People in Private Practice: A Practical Guide (Karnac Books, 2015). She is also author of Counselling Young People: A Practitioner Manual (Sage/BACP, to be published November 2017).