Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


University graduate inspired by mum to help troubled youth

University graduate inspired by mum to help troubled youth

University of Auckland graduate Kim Spain has been dedicated to working with troubled youth for over 14 years, partly by her desire to help young people, but also thanks to the inspiration of her mother.

Kim has just graduated with a Master of Counselling with first class honours from the University’s Faculty of Education; the same course her mother Dianne did 11 years earlier.

Kim has counselled youth at Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) and has also worked for Youthline, Youth Horizons Trust and as a youth leader at her church.

Now she wants to start her own private counselling practice and felt the MA would assist her as it has for her mother.

“I ended up doing the same programme because mum had done it and I knew she would be able to help and guide me as well.

“I’ve always looked up to my mum of course, and I’ve always had a passion for youth, so early on I was interested in doing counselling.”

Kim even had some of the same lecturers as her mother, including Dr Margaret Agee, and current Professional Teaching Fellow Sabrina Zoutenbier was her mother’s classmate.

The Mt Eden resident says helping youth turn their lives around is an inspiring profession.

“I guess knowing that it helps is what I like about it. Any interaction you have with a young person - even if you meet them just once – you know it’s going to help them in some way.

“It reduces the risk. I am passionate about connecting with young people and the challenges of engaging with them. I guess I am always hopeful that things will get better for them.”

Kim is particularly aware of the challenges today’s young people are growing up with.

“I was a teenager in the 1990s but we didn’t have the internet or any of that stuff like smartphones or social media. I just think life was a little simpler.”

As well as starting a private counselling practice, Kim is also considering starting a youth organisation.
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news