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Working with Marginalised Adolescents: Context and Process

Dr David Leary , Mr Peter F Blake

Dr David Leary, Director of the Come In Youth Resource Centre, is interviewed by Peter Blake. Dr. Leary initially describes the work of the Come In Centre and the setting that is provided for very troubled and marginalised young people. He explains that the conceptual framework behind the work is psychoanalytic. He also explains how the Centre has adapted this thinking in the various activities that they offer. Dr Leary also discusses the important interplay of the young person’s inner and outer worlds, and how the external setting has to initially provide a holding of the external chaos and so engender a sense of safety for the young person. Only when this begins to take effect can the therapist eventually begin to work with the distress of the young person’s inner world.

Recorded In Sydney on 3 March 2008

David Leary
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Dr David Leary

David Leary is the director of the Come In Youth Resource Centre, a counselling service located at Paddington, Sydney. He is also a counsellor at the agency. He has worked at the Centre in a variety of roles since 1978. David’s primary degree was in theology and philosophy. He holds a masters degree in counselling and a doctorate (PhD) that focussed on vulnerability, connectivity and resilience in adolescent males. David provides clinical consultation and group supervision to the counsellors at a number of government and non-government agencies. He has previously lectured at Macquarie University and currently lectures at the Institute of Counselling. In 2008, he will be lecturing in the Master of Counselling program at Australian Catholic University in Sydney. He has presented papers dealing with homelessness, ethical issues, HIV and AIDS, and psychotherapeutic issues. He has also published a number of academic works in the area of youth suicide, HIV, confidentiality and ethics, male sex work, and on issues relating to adolescent counselling.

Mr Peter F Blake

Peter Blake is a clinical psychologist and a Tavistock trained child psychotherapist. He has worked in community health centres and in private practice over the last 35 years. He was the President of the Child Psychoanalytic Foundation, a charity organisation,  founded to promote psychoanalytic thinking about children and families to the professional and non-professional community. He is currently Chairperson of the Institute of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. His book, "Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy" has been published in 2008 and is the only book on this subject in Australia.

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