Building an alliance with parent(s)
In order to achieve better outcomes, creating a strong relationship with your mentee’s parents and families will be important as well. Creating an alliance with the family can help in deciding on goals for your work with the youth, building up on strengths and collaboratively deciding on approach and future steps.
Note: in this training we refer to working with parents, but not all mentees may have their parents in their lives. These skills should be used when working with any caregiver, whether they’re parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster families, or adult siblings.
The best practices we discussed so far will be helpful for building those relationships as well!
A few important things to remember for working with parents: