Information and Referral: Serving Young People

Information and Referral: Serving Young People 

This course is primarily for Information & Referral (I&R) Specialists who are responsible for answering I&R inquiries and need the ability to handle a diverse range of service delivery, including calls from and concerning young people, the challenges young people face, and the services designed to help them. This interactive course is designed for comprehensive I&R practitioners. It outlines the issues faced by young people and the realities of communicating across a generation gap. The course describes the services that are available for all young people in addition to addressing some of the particular challenges confronted by at-risk youth. This course is not suitable for specialized youth workers. Also, differences in legal frameworks may make this inappropriate for Canadian I&R Specialists. This training was written by AIRS staff member, Clive Jones, a former President of InformCanada, who is responsible for the AIRS Certification Program, in addition to assisting with training and standards development. It was adapted from material within The ABCs of I&R (copyright AIRS). AIRS is the nonprofit Alliance of Information and Referral Systems at


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Alliance of Information and Referral Systems Certificate of Completion


Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-AIRS-SYP-V2
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe the range of issues facing young people.
Understand some of the communications techniques needed to serve young callers and their parents.
Define the basic framework of services designed to meet the needs of young people.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives C. Introduction Section 2: Being Young Section 3: Talking with Youth A. Talking with Youth B. Let’s Review C. Talking with Youth Section 4: Talking with Parents Section 5: Services for Youth Section 6: At-risk Youth Section 7: Runaway Youth Section 8: Emancipation Section 9: Summary A. Key Points B. Course Review C. Congratulations

Instructor: Clive Jones, B.A.

Clive Jones is a former President of InformCanada, and is responsible for I&R training, credentialing, and standards development.

Disclosure: Clive Jones, B.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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