Working with low-motivated adolescents: online support provided to EU4Youth-trained specialists in Belarus

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

The EU4Youth project has held an online train-the-trainers supervision session in Belarus – a first for many of the participants, as the project takes its activities online in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

The online supervision was held on April 30 for trainers being trained under the international ‘Life Skills and Employability’ training programme for youth, implemented in Belarus as part of the EU4Youth: Employability and Stability in Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine’ project.

For many specialists working at state educational institutions, this was the first experience of such a training. The event was attended by 19 trainers from Minsk and the Minsk region. All of them have already begun to implement the educational programme in their institutions. The online supervision covered topics such as methods and techniques for working with low-motivated adolescents, and methods of working with resistance.

“The main task in working with adolescents is to find each individual’s motivation, engage them in the work process and cope with their resistance,” says Anastasia Chapelle, a psychologist who conducted the supervision.

During the online meeting, the participants studied various challenges and methods of working with low-motivated teenagers, developing motivation, and dealing with resistance and the crisis of adolescence. The session also examined various practical techniques and methods in working with teenagers. Anastasia Chapelle shared examples from her life experience and recommended useful literature to the trainers.

The project received a lot of positive feedback about the meeting, and gratitude from the trainers about the valuable and informative content of the event.

“This kind of training is really useful for me as a trainer,” said Anastasia Masalovich, a trainer from SOS Children's Village of Borovlyany: “I took a lot of useful ideas for my work, and now I will apply them.”

The activities are part of the EU4Youth: Employability and Stability in Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine project, funded by the European Union and the Austrian Development Agency. The project aims at empowerment and development of the employability and entrepreneurship potential of socially and economically disadvantaged young people aged from 16 to 35 years old, especially young women.

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