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A Little About Me: Professionally

I have been in the field of youthwork for more years than I sometimes can remember (adding all the jobs together, about 20 years). I have also done a lot of different things with youth: emergency shelter; outreach; administration; family counseling; transitional living; Adventure Based Counseling; traditional individual and group counseling; program development and grant writing. In recent years I have been encouraged by the increasing emphasis on Community Youth Development, an approach which has always made intuitive sense to me.

For the past four years, I have been working for two small agencies, AdCare Educational Institute and The New England Institute of Addiction Studies which function as one agency. I love this job as it gives me a chance to see a bigger picture and to continue learning on an almost daily basis, two things which are important to me. I also teach one course a semester, Introduction to Counseling Skills and Introduction to Social Services at Auburn Adult and Community Education. I am especially proud of the Social Services Directory the Social Services class has produced.

I began working on Youthwork Links and Ideas several years ago when I first started to use the internet to research information. At the time there were hardly any sites like this one, and searching for youthwork information was a long and tedious process. I decided to make the site that I wished was there. Many hours and many frustrations later, we have Youthwork Links and Ideas as it is today. Tomorrow it will be different, so keep checking back

If you would like to help support the site, please visit Support YLAI to see a variety of ways you can help.

A Little About Me: Personally

I have lived in Lewiston, Maine, US for over 30 years. Before moving there permanently, I attended Bates College where I received a BA in psychology and Boston University School of Social Work where I received an MSW.

In addition to working a lot of hours (for pay) and a lot of hours on the web site (not for pay), I also have a life. I enjoy Sea Kayaking, gardening, or as my family and neighbors put it, "cultivating the best crop of weeds in the state" - I prefer to call them wild flowers. I love traveling and have visited Costa Rica and Ecuador, among other places.

Surfing the net for new and fun sites is almost an addiction. (Some would eliminate the almost.) Here are links to family and friends' sites which I enjoy visiting.

AccessHelp.net. This site was developed by my son David and is incredibly helpful if you are a data base programmer, user, or wannabe

World Design One of my son Greg's sites. If you are into Sony PlayStation or Nintendo, this is the site for you.

iBAND Greg's clip art site. If you need graphics for your own site, there are lots of free originals here.

Web Gallerie of Emily Gould. The incredibly talented artist who has drawn many of the graphics for Youthwork Links and Ideas. Thanks Emily!

Springtime in Paris displays my stepson Boris' paintings.

I have recently purchased the domain kawliche.com which I am using to test new ideas and to share information with family and friends. (It helps to have an unusual last name)

To receive my resume, credentials or references, e-mail me at comments@youthwork.com. I have made many friends through this site who have offered suggestions for improvements and I hope to meet many more.

I look forward to hearing from you,



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