Navigating Healthy Relationships & Adolescent Sexual Behavior

bulletIn-Person Training in Duluth, MN

bulletThursday, April 19, 2018

bullet9:30 am-3:00 pm Central Time

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$110 for non-YIPA members

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This training day includes two sessions, both designed to provide learning about youth, healthy relationships, and the choices and consequences of sexual behaviors.


Session 1: Helping Youth Navigate Healthy Relationships

Children and youth who are exposed to intimate partner violence experience emotional, mental, and social damage that can affect their developmental growth. As youth workers, we are often unsure how to discuss dating with the youth we serve and how to assist them in navigating healthy relationships.

It is important to educate youth about the value of respect and the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Youth may not be equipped with the necessary skills to develop and maintain healthy relationships, and may not know how to break up in an appropriate way when necessary. Maintaining open lines of communication may help them form healthy relationships and recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships, thus preventing violence before it starts.

Training participants will gain knowledge of the prevalence of intimate partner violence in the community, the impact it has on young people, the dynamics of healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and practical tips to empower youth in creating healthy boundaries within their peer relationships.

Session 1 Learning Objectives

  • Understand the impact of domestic violence throughout the lifespan
  • Recognize the characteristics and dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships among youth we serve
  • Utilize positive approaches that support and encourage youth in navigating healthy relationships

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Session 1 Trainer

Melanie Fierstine is the Director of Prevention Education at Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead whose mission is to provide crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, education, and prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. She is a tireless advocate for social justice and is passionate about helping others break down barriers gaining the tools necessary to thrive in a changing world. As an experienced clinical social worker of 19 years, Melanie has worked as a truancy family advocate, school social worker, behavior interventionist, creating and coordinating the Cass Clay Cross-Borders Children’s Action Network, supervising RACC’s human trafficking programming, and teaching as an adjunct instructor for the Minot State University Social Work Program at NDSU Campus. Melanie has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and a Master of Social Work with an emphasis in Child Welfare from the University of Minnesota. As Rape and Abuse Crisis Center’s Director of Prevention Education, Melanie continuously establishes active partnerships with community stakeholders in developing collaborative strategies to create a society free of personal abuse.

Session 2: The Choices and Consequences of Adolescent Sexual Behavior

Typically, youth are not aware of the laws regarding interpersonal sexual behavior or the potentially lifelong consequences of sexual violations, for both offenders and victims. But what teenagers might consider to be innocent or harmless sexual activity could actually constitute a crime. It’s not only the legal consequences but the unending social consequences of sexual misconduct that young people are not aware of. Better education about their choices and consequences could prevent problems.

As a youth worker, it’s important you have an understanding of the laws that govern sexual activity. Helping youth successfully navigate this sensitive human development behavior requires competence and confidence. By understanding sexual choices and consequences, you have the ability to help youth avoid mistakes and make informed decisions.

This training will review the evolution of sex crimes and social rules for sexual behavior. By attending, you will be better able to educate the youth you serve, help them avoid behaviors that have damaging consequences, and provide effective interventions when mistakes are made. Join us!

Session 2 Learning Objectives

  • Understand the evolution of sexual offenses, and how interpersonal sexual “violations” often don’t involve sexual “violence”
  • Understand social manners, rules, and laws for interpersonal sexual behavior, the multiple pathways to adolescent sexual misconduct, and how the Internet has created a minefield for teenagers
  • Learn how mismanaged interventions with child sexual abuse is letting down victims, juvenile offenders, and their families
  • Be familiar with current research and empirical information that should guide best practices
  • Consider how education about sexual abuse as a “public health initiative” provides a viable pathway to both prevention and recovery for all parties

Session 2 Trainer

Jon Brandt, LICSW, has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He started his career in child protection, supervised foster homes for several years, and for more than 30 years has been working with victims and young men with sexual offenses. Since 1991, he is the founder and director of Mapletree, a residential program in Maplewood, MN for adolescent offenders. He is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), serves on their national Public Policy Committee, and writes a blog for ATSA’s website. Jon has been interviewed on Twin Cities TV & radio, addressed the MN legislature, testified in numerous juvenile court hearings, published many articles, and over more than 30 years has presented at state and national conferences on topics related to sexual offending, the treatment and management of offenders, and the prevention of sexual abuse.

Focus Areas


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

Logistics

  • In-Person Training
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • 9:30 am-3:00 pm Central Time
    • 9:30 am-11:30 am Central Time – Helping Youth Navigate Healthy Relationships
    • 11:30 am-12:00 pm Central Time – FREE Networking Lunch
    • 12:00 pm-3:00 pm Central Time – The Choices and Consequences of Adolescent Sexual Behavior
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $110 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 5.5 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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