In the past few years the subject of how one makes meaning of one's experiences, or meaning-making, has been a subject of frequent focus in the Child and Youth Care literature in North America (See, for example, Garfat, 1998; Krueger, 1994, 1998; VanderVen, 1992). We do not really know, however, whether meaning is pre-existent, or whether each of us is ultimately the 'author of his or her own life design' (Yalom, 1989, p. 8), creating meaning individually as we move through life. It has generally been accepted in the helping professions, however, that meaning is created as we encounter our experiences (Peterson, 1988; White & Epson, 1990; Watzlawick, 1990) creating for each of us a unique and individualised experience of an event. We also do not know, specifically, how meaning is created by the individual. It appears, however, that culture, personal history, sequencing, and specific circumstance play an important role in determining how one uses one's personal interpretive frame to make meaning of his or her encounters (Bruner, 1990 ; Fulcher, 1991; Goffman, 1974; Guttman, 1991). Each of us, then, brings to the making of meaning our individual experiences. When a young person and a Child and Youth Care Worker encounter one another in the process of intervention, both go through a process of making meaning of that encounter. Each creates both the specific context and the meaning they experience in that encounter (Schon, 1983). Thus the process of intervention is, to a great extent, the process of making meaning. In a sense, Child and Youth Care, like all helping professions, involves the encounter of cultures, each with its own way of assigning meaning to particular events. The culture of the young person and family, the culture of the dominant society, the culture of the program in the organization, and the culture of the worker all impinge on the intervention process. It is only when the worker attends to how meaning is construed in all of these that she can begin to understand the young person and his or her behaviour.