Competency Framework Focus Areas

The eight competency focus areas were chosen by a grass-roots task force of YIPA member organizations, representing diverse youth work programs. This ensures our trainings are broad-based as well as real-world.



The Field of Youth Intervention

Trainings presented in this focus area will expand your professional acumen to:

  • Understand the reach and importance of your role
  • Serve as an effective advocate for youth
  • Pursue ongoing professional development

Youth Development

Trainings presented in this focus area will strengthen your commitment to:

  • Implement Positive Youth Development strategies
  • Understand development channels
  • Support youth through developmental changes

Communications

Trainings presented in this focus area will teach you flexibility which allows you to:

  • Develop healthy, productive work relationships
  • Engage in collaborative problem solving with youth
  • Improve individual and group facilitation

Ethics

Trainings presented in this focus area will reinforce your responsibility to:

  • Adhere to guidelines for professional behavior
  • Role model self-management
  • Set and maintain healthy boundaries

Diversity

Trainings presented in this focus area will raise your awareness to:

  • Recognize and transcend your inherent biases
  • Address your unconscious prejudice
  • See cultural competency as an ongoing process of development

 


Behavioral Intervention

Trainings presented in this focus area will grow your good judgment to:

  • Recognize dimensions of conflict
  • Manage your emotions appropriate to your role as a youth worker
  • Utilize mediation strategies

At-Risk Behaviors

Trainings presented in this focus area will teach life-saving skills to:

  • Identify the warning signs of unhealthy and risky behavior
  • Understand risky behaviors based on a knowledge of adolescent brain development
  • Know when to report and refer

 


Mental Health

Trainings presented in this focus area will give judgement-free options to:

  • Understand prevalent mental health issues among youth today
  • Help you connect youth with appropriate mental health resources
  • Practice good self-care strategies

 

Each focus area is delivered to you through: