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  • Your Community Services Career
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    Teenagers are all about acne, angst and reckless hormones. As all parents know, the teenage years can be challenging, and sometimes troubling. Unfortunately, outside of the home, this is the case even more.

    According to ABS statistics, young people (aged 10 to 19) accounted for almost a third (29 per cent) of Australia’s total offender population in 2009. The most popular crimes were theft, public disorder and acts intended to cause injury.

    But why? Why are teens so predisposed to causing trouble?

    The chemistry and changes taking place in the adolescent brain could hold the answers. According to scientific research, neuroscientists have found that teenage brains are more vulnerable to drug abuse, addiction and mental illness. Their brains are also wired to engage in more risk-taking behaviour. This is why we see so many rev-head P platers on the road, and why the Corey Worthingtons of the world throw such rambunctious parties. While most of this thrill-seeking, risky behaviour is harmless, it isn’t always the case.

    Teens become even more vulnerable if they’ve had troubled pasts and have experienced neglect, abuse or trauma. This is why youth work is so important – because troubled youths need your help.

    By completing a Certificate 4 in Youth Work, you’ll gain a nationally accredited qualification that allows you to work with young people and help set their life on a positive track.

    The Certificate 4 in Youth Work provides a foundational understanding of how to engage respectfully with teens and how to work effectively with them, particularly in light of their unique backgrounds and personal contexts. You’ll learn how to foster your relationship with them and respond to critical situations, all while working within a community development framework.

    Depending on what your passions are, you’ll also be allowed to specialise in an area of interest that could include the alcohol and drugs sector, mental health, working with Indigenous communities and homelessness.

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