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PARTH practice stories (click on the letters)

There is nothing better than practical ideas on how practice can change outcomes. These stories are real examples showing how PARTH can change practice with youth. If you are using PARTH in your practice we would love to include your stories. You can email a draft to us and we will work with you and your agency to ensure proper permissions. Please email any feedback on these stories and PARTH.

Perseverance – this scenario illustrates the Perseverance element of PARTH – the worker talks of knowing he had to hang in with the young person to prove that he would stay no matter how hard it got, it also reflects other components such as humility and relationship building:


'The first six months was basically like holding onto the tail of a tiger. I had read the case notes and talked to some of the professionals who had been involved in Jeremy’s life. By the time I became involved, he was 14, angry and very self-reliant. It seemed to me that we would get nowhere until I could prove to him that I would stay the distance. I needed to show that I would take everything he threw at me, and just keep calmly coming back to him to start again. If someone didn’t get alongside him, I was afraid that he was going to end up killing someone. Everyone had let this boy down, from his earliest days, the adults around him, whether they were whanau (family), workers, whoever, basically he had not been anyone’s priority and his behaviour reflected that sense of huge isolation and aloneness, of being passed from pillar to post, with no-one being consistently there for him. The professionals were very focused on his behaviour and trying to control that, but I thought, if I could provide some stability then the behaviour would subside, because he wouldn’t need it anymore. So my task as I saw it was to persevere, show him he was very important to me, and also to reflect back to him the positive aspects of who he was, that I could see, so that he could start to build a new, positive story about himself. I just kept reminding myself that if I had been in Jeremy’s shoes, I might have reacted in the same ways as he did.’

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