The power of relationship: A study of key working as an intervention with traumatised young people

Lemma, Alessandra (2010) The power of relationship: A study of key working as an intervention with traumatised young people. Journal of Social Work Practice, 24 (4). pp. 409-427. ISSN 0265-0533

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This paper explores the role of the key working relationship in helping traumatised and characteristically hard-to-reach young people. A grounded theory approach was used to analyse data from 18 semi-structured interviews carried out with both key workers and young users in a community-based, innovative project in Inner London, Kids Company. The following four codes emerged: titrating intimacy, the power of relationship, the therapeutic function of hope and 'knowing your own ghosts'. As well as supporting the important therapeutic function of the key working relationship, this paper draws on the analysis of the data to outline a three-phase model of intervention (fostering place attachment-homeostatic attunement-disruptive attunement) when working with traumatised and often hard-to-reach young people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Key Worker, Therapeutic Relationship, Trauma, Adolescence, Adolescent Mental Health Problems
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychiatry
Social Welfare > Social Work
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 15:03
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:28
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/472

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