Thom Garfat

Relationships are the foundation of all successful helping, and the perspectives of youth and families are crucial and bona-fide sources of evidence. Those who define evidence solely in quantitative terms are clinging to an illusion of reality.

The world’s leading website for child and youth professionals is which is hosted in South Africa. The founders of the site describe the history and scope of free resources available on this site which is visited by one million persons each year.

This article considers how the Circle of Courage principles of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity impact families.

Developing controls from within requires the helper to be a person of influence able to create conditions of safety in relationship. In order to do so, a focus on the characteristics of adults’ relationships with youth is essential. Relational practice offers such a focus.