From experienced to novice: A reflective account on the changing role of front-line implementer to program trainer in Project P.A.T.H.S.

Ka Yu Florence Wu, Tan Lei Shek

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Although training plays an important role in the successful implementation of positive youth development programs, research on training and trainers in this field is grossly neglected. In this paper, a trainer of a positive youth development program in Hong Kong (Project P.A.T.H.S.; Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes) reflected about her transition from the role of a teacher (and program implementer) to the role of a trainer. Based on the reflection, the transformations involved, including self-perception, teaching role and teaching strategies, were highlighted. The issue of how previous experience influenced training in the context of positive youth development was also discussed. It is suggested that involvement of front-line practitioners in the training of positive youth development programs is workable, although systematic training for the novice trainers may be needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012


  • Adolescents
  • Hong Kong
  • Positive youth development
  • Project P.A.T.H.S.
  • Reflection
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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