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The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events

The essence of effective child and youth care practice lies in the worker’s ability to recognise the value of, and use, everyday life events as they are occurring, to help facilitate change for children, youth and families (Garfat, Fulcher & Digney (2013). It is this focus which distinguishes contemporary Child and Youth Care practice from other forms of helping. This is especially true in situations where the worker participates actively in multiple aspects of a person’s daily living in the community, the family home, the school, the group care setting or any other area of engagement with young people and families.


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The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events, commonly referred to as DLE, is designed to help direct care practitioners become more effective in daily interactions with young people and families. Through a focus on everyday events and how these events connect to the overall goals established with young people and/or families, the direct care practitioner adopts a more pro-active approach in her/his interventions. DLE offers the potential to make every moment with young people and families more meaningful.

The knowledge in this course is based on helping young people to live their lives differently, as they are living it. It promotes being in-the-moment with individuals and experiencing their lives with them as it unfolds. The course provides knowledge and skills for a strengths-based, child-centred and child-led approach. Participants will develop skills that assist them to focus on small important moments and experiences of young people and/or families.

Whether one is involved with youths and families in a group care programme, schools, community settings, family homes or any other program in which the helper is involved in the daily life of others, DLE offers both skills in making interventions and a framework for ‘thinking about what we are doing’. Too often, training for direct care helpers offer techniques, but not a framework for thinking systematically about one’s actions and interactions. When we think clearly, we do better work.

The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events is a training of TransformAction International ©. The DLE training was developed by Thom Garfat, PhD of Canada in conjunction with John Digney, PhD of Ireland, and Leon Fulcher, PhD of New Zealand. It is based on Dr. Garfat's award winning research into developing effective interventions with young people and their families. As a values based training, DLE is founded on the fundamental principles and beliefs which underlay a contemporary Child & Youth Care approach. While this particular training is focused on working with youth, the knowledge and skills developed through the training are useful in a wide variety of settings with people of all ages. Completing this training will, therefore, enhance your skills in all areas of your work.

The DLE training will define and demonstrate the skill of using daily life events effectively and will provide the opportunity for participants to incorporate this creative approach into their own work with young people. DLE is appropriate for child and youth care workers, foster parents, educators, youth workers, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and professionals in prevention, treatment, juvenile justice and community settings. It is also useful for parents and adult or peer mentors.

The training is designed to cover two full training days. It is normally delivered in a two-day format but can also be divided into 'modules' and delivered over an extended period of time (e.g., 4 half-days). Participants who complete the training receive the book, The Making Moments Meaningful, a Participant’s Guidebook, a one year subscription to the e-journal Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, and a Certificate of Completion. 

During this training participants will:

• demonstrate an appreciation for the importance of common daily events;
• explain the concept and process of using everyday events for helping youth;
• develop skills using every day like events to facilitate positive change;
• identify how their practice might change to incorporate this approach.

The DLE Training covers the following areas:

1. Underlying Principles;
2. Foundations;
3. Beyond Behaviours
4. Thinking About DLE;
5. Meaning Making in Daily Life;
6. Themes and Opportunities;
7. A Needs Based Approach;
8. Characteristics of those who use DLE effectively;
9. The Process of Change;
10. Intervening in Daily Life Events.

What some previous participants have said, on completion of the training:

I loved it all - I think DLE will be very useful to practice in SA - South Africa

I really enjoyed the DLE training. It was very well presented with good trainers – Ireland

The DLE training really left us very excited. First-rate! – USA

This new approach has opened the door for more engagement and dramatically reduced the number of disruptive episodes in our program. – California

I learned new ways to help to children and families - it changed my practice! – Australia

I really enjoyed the DLE training - the material is superb. – USA

DLE offers an amazing way to approach youth and our work! – Canada.

Excellent! I will use this training in all areas of my professional and personal life – Scotland

I think this (training) may have saved my granddaughter's life - and mine, too – Grandmother and participant 


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