Breaking Down Stereotypes and Stigma Through Roleplays

bulletIn-Person Training, Brainerd, Minnesota

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Friday, June 15, 2018

bullet10:00 am to 2:30 pm Central Time (Lunch will be provided)

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$90 for non-YIPA members

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There are topics in the field of youth work that tend to be taboo, like HIV/AIDS. Yet, youth workers need to be able to have candid, honest discussions with young people that are free of preconceived notions. It is an ethical obligation to view the world through the eyes of the youth and not the youth worker. Without specific strategies to get beyond stereotypes and stigmas, youth workers can fall short of helping youth with difficult situations and even cause harm to young people despite their best intentions.

You, and the young people you serve, need to know how to breakthrough stereotypes and stigma in order to achieve healthy development. With the proper tools in your toolbox, like role-playing, you can provide youth an opportunity to explore topics about themselves and others that they can’t when they’re self-focused. Empowered with new understanding, you can help youth develop genuine empathy, understand, and address stereotypes effectively, and gain personal insight.

In this training, you will develop an understanding of the impact of stereotypes and stigma by exploring these dynamics through the lens of HIV/AIDS. You’ll move beyond traditional strategies through an exercise that employs roleplay to really open up the learning on a more experiential level. You’ll learn tools to help youth explore ‘what would someone do and how would someone feel’ in the shoes of a person experiencing any sort of stereotype. A powerful combination of learning and doing will be provided – don’t miss this training!

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the mental and social processes that create stereotypes and stigma
  • Recognize the impact stereotypes and stigma have on the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, and the epidemic as a whole
  • Explore the process of eliminating stereotypes and stigma on an agency/community level
  • Feel empowered to use educational roleplay with young people by understanding it’s theoretical basis, best practices, and avoidable pitfalls
  • Outline for a roleplay scenario to use with young people in your programs

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Trainers

Andrew Schuster is the Treatment Adherence Coordinator and a Medical Case Manager at the University of Minnesota’s Youth & AIDS Projects. Here, Andrew provides culturally competent services to ensure youth living with HIV lead long, healthy, vibrant lives- while preventing secondary transmission to partners and offspring. With a specialization in the way stereotypes and stigma impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic on micro- and macro- levels, Andrew serves as a connector, a catalyst, and advocate in Minnesota’s HIV community.

 

Jon Cole is an experience designer with a background in sexual health education. He is passionate about the transformative power of in-person experiences. Jon has been a small group facilitator of roleplay for entertainment and education for more than decade. His portfolio invites youth to authentically grapple with taboo subjects, from the AIDS crisis to the Holocaust. Jon invites youth workers to join him to use live action roleplay to drive student engagement, teach empathy, and practice real world skills.

 

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: ETHICS

Logistics

  • In-Person Training
  • Friday, June 15, 2018
  • 10:00 am to 2:30 pm Central Time
    • 10:00 am to noon – Morning session will focus on HIV/AIDS stereotypes and stigma
    • Noon to 12:30 pm – Networking break, lunch will be provided
    • 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Afternoon session will focus on breaking down stereotypes and stigma through educational role play
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $90 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as 4.5 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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