Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

How to help young people overcome the obstacles that interrupt long-term growth

bulletOnline training

bulletRecorded January 6, 2017

bullet2.5 hour Training

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$50 for non-YIPA members

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We have all seen or will see a youth in our program who is beginning to show signs of positive changes and then suddenly they revert back to their old behaviors. It is tempting to throw our hands up in frustration. We might even wonder if they were genuine positive changes in the first place.

Self-sabotaging behaviors are often a normal part of change and youth workers need to know how to appropriately respond. This is often a phase in the growth process and likely a time young people need support the most. There are strategies we can use to effectively help youth at this critical juncture in their lives.

This training will provide you with an understanding of the cycle of self-sabotaging behaviors. It will offer practical approaches that will prepare you to effectively support youth as they are working on changing behaviors. These strategies will help maintain that vital component in successful youth work, which is trust and respect between youth and youth worker.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the cycle of self-sabotaging behaviors and how behavior regression is sometimes a normal part of change
  • Identify strategies that help youth become aware of the process of change
  • Learn practical methods for helping youth develop the 5 critical building blocks for avoiding self-sabotaging behavior, as well as how to direct the behavior changes they want to retain, modify or disregard.

Trainer

David Wilmes has over 30 years of experience in the field of early intervention with youth whose behavior puts them at risk for being criminalized, pathologized or ostracized from the critical community-based resources that promote healthy youth development.  Over that time period, he has authored numerous books, papers, curricula, and evaluation tools used by a wide range of professionals, parents, and other adults to help them increase their capacity to engage youth with challenging behaviors.

While Mr. Wilmes consults with and has worked with many treatment and correctional facilities, his most fundamental belief is that real growth and resilience primarily happens in the community and usually within the context of family, neighborhood, and school.  Therefore, in the past decade he spends most of his professional energy working with schools, libraries, recreation centers, police departments, community activists/volunteers, tutoring and mentoring groups, and other community groups.

Mr. Wilmes received his undergraduate degree from Metro State University, and received his Master of Arts degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN.

 

Focus Area


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

Logistics

  • Online Training
    • Recorded on January 6, 2017
  • 2.5 Hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $50 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 2.5 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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