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Live Online Trainings

Equity and Inclusion in Youth Work

Upcoming: January 10, 2018

In this training, you will gain insight into what it means to embrace equity and inclusion in your own approach, in your programs, and throughout the policies and practices of your organization. You will also be challenged personally to see your work through the lens of diversity to improve your service to all youth. Join us for this important training.

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Makes a Difference

Upcoming: January 24, 2018

By attending this training, you will learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the impact they have on brain development. You’ll hear about common symptoms and be given practical tips for working with youth struggling with FASD. Register today and improve your ability to make a real difference in the lives of these youth.

How You Can Help Youth Manage Anxiety

Upcoming: February 23, 2018

Plan to attend this important training. Anxiety is common with youth and this training will help you understand the common types you’ll encounter. After the training, you will know the warning signs and learn practical ways you can help youth manage their anxiety.

Relationships, Girls, and Juvenile Justice Interventions

Upcoming: May 2, 2018

This training will provide you with insight into common characteristics of system-involved girls so that you can better understand their unique needs. When you know how much relationships matter, you’ll be more effective in improving the long-term outcomes for girls. And you’ll learn how a strengths-based approach can provide girls the empowerment they seek.

In-person Trainings

The Power of Compassionate Conflict Resolution

Upcoming: February 8, 2018

Join us for a fun, participant-driven, and hands-on training. You’ll learn awesome tools to use with youth in conflict through real examples from your work while practicing skills you need to be successful in resolving conflict. Don’t miss your chance to attend this dynamic training.

Human Trafficking Awareness for Youth Workers

Upcoming: March 2, 2018

By attending this training, you will learn about human trafficking and understand how you can become an important part of the Safe Harbor system of care. You will also increase your knowledge, skill and confidence about understanding trafficking and be provided with tips on prevention and resources you can utilize. Plan to join us for this important training.

Effective Strategies for Working with Immigrant Youth

Upcoming: April 5, 2018

Today’s immigrant youth come from many different countries with a wide variety of arrival stories. Join us in Mankato, MN for this important training. It will include a youth panel to provide real world context to some of the challenges immigrant youth face and young people’s perspective on what youth workers can do to improve outcomes.

Navigating Healthy Relationships & Adolescent Sexual Behavior

Upcoming: April 19, 2018

This training day includes two sessions, Helping Youth Navigate Healthy Relationships and The Choices and Consequences of Adolescent Sexual Behavior. Both are designed to provide learning about youth, healthy relationships, and the choices and consequences of sexual behaviors. Join us for this important training.

On-Demand Library

Positive Youth Development in Talking About Sexuality Topics

Recorded November 16, 2017

By watching this training, you will explore the intersectionality of positive youth development and how to comfortably talk about sexuality topics in your role as a youth worker. You’ll leave with increased understanding of how positive youth development practices and authentic partnerships with youth can have a huge impact on how they learn and grow into sexually healthy young adults.

Teen Brain Development & Risk for Substance Abuse

Recorded October 30, 2017

This training will provide up-to-date information about trends and the effects of drug and alcohol use/abuse on brain development. By taking this training you will increase your knowledge and confidence in your work and learn effective methods that help youth make positive choices about behaviors that affect their development.

What You Need to Know About Eating Disorders

Recorded October 26, 2017

Roughly 30 million people suffer from eating disorders in the United States. These eating disorders do not discriminate based on gender, age, race, or culture and youth-serving organizations certainly encounter youth struggling in this area. Youth workers often miss the early warning signs when not properly trained. By viewing this training, you will gain a basic understanding of eating disorders.

Your Role in Retaining Great Youth Workers

Recorded October 18, 2017

Retaining great youth workers has measurable benefits; it creates stability for youth, lowers turnover-related costs, and develops a vital store of institutional knowledge. In this training you will learn the negative consequences of high staff turnover and the benefits of youth worker retention. You will learn to identify barriers to retention and strategies for supporting new youth workers.

Supporting Youth Living With Tourette Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorders

Recorded July 27, 2017

From this training, you will learn to identify the characteristics associated with Tourette syndrome and autism spectrum disorders and how they impact a youth’s interactions with others. You will also learn strategies that will enhance your work with youth living with these challenges.

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Recorded June 9, 2017

By participating in this training, you will learn why some youth do what they do and how you can intervene to help them. Be the best you can be and learn about the ACEs study and its implications for your work.

Engaging Youth via Pop Culture

Recorded June 22, 2017

In this training, you will explore the importance of looking at the adult-youth relationship as cross-cultural. This includes discussing our experiences and the culture we identified with as a youth.  We will also discuss how to go beyond conversations that use phrases like “relaxation strategies” and learn to make room for The Avengers or Boggarts to achieve the same objective: to walk alongside a young person while they grow.

Ethical Dilemmas in Youth Work

Recorded February 24, 2017

This training provides you with a fuller understanding of the multi-faceted process of resolving ethical challenges in your everyday work with young people. Using ethical dilemmas that frequently occur in youth programs, participants will examine the ethical principles and values that guide our work.

Suicide Prevention Steps Youth Workers Need to Know

Recorded February 9, 2017

Participate in this one hour QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) suicide prevention training to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to address warning signs and behaviors that signal imminent danger. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States and more than one million people have been trained. The youth you work with need you to be trained in suicide prevention.

Text Me! Using Mobile Technology to Engage and Provide Training to Youth

Recorded January 26, 2017

This workshop will help you identify ways that you can efficiently use mobile technology to connect with and engage young people. To provide context, the discussion will center on CareerHub, which is a web application designed for youth and workforce providers to stay in touch with each other. With multiple platforms offering “virtual services, Pathway Consultants and CareerHub are used by programs and organizations across most of California.

Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

Recorded January 6, 2017

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.

Advocacy to the Next Level

Recorded December 19, 2017

From this one hour interview with two Minnesota state legislators, one Republican and one Democrat, you will develop a better understanding of how to be a good advocate for youth. This is the time for action to drive the change we need.  This training presents a unique opportunity to learn how to take action effectively.

The Trials and Tribulations of Adolescence

Recorded December 19, 2016

Using a conversational format, this one hour training will explore the trials and tribulations associated with adolescence and help you gain a better understanding of this crucial developmental stage. Upon completion, you will be better equipped to guide young people into adulthood.

LGBTQ Foundations: Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills

Recorded December 1, 2016

By watching this training, you’ll have an opportunity to dig into LGBTQ vocabulary and how privilege impacts the LGBTQ community. It also provides you with a safe space to ask specific questions you are interested in and discuss challenges within your organization in creating an inclusive program. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of the LGBTQ community.

Youth Violence

Recorded May 2016

The experience of abuse sets the child up for the kind of “risky thinking” that leads to chronic patterns of aggression, bad behavior, acting out and violating the rights of others that can lead to a diagnosis of “conduct disorder.” The keys to the socialization of early aggression are “cognitive structuring” (the ideas about aggression) and “behavioral rehearsal” (practice with aggressive behavior). The more socially toxic (and traumatic) the environment in which childhood and adolescence occur, the more likely it is that childhood conduct disorder will translate into adolescent violence.

Opioid Overdoses and Naloxone

Recorded April 2016

More than 28,000 people died in 2014 from the misuse of opioids, which includes prescription opioid pain relievers (e.g. Vicodin) and heroin. This was more than any year on record. Opioids are now the Goliath of the drug world; more than three out of five drug overdose deaths involve an opioid.

Preparing Youth to Thrive Through Social and Emotional Learning

Recorded March 2016

Social and emotional learning is difficult work. It requires thinking and talking about ongoing emotions and relationships, topics that are complicated and sometimes taboo. SEL is deep, powerful, and can be quite personal. In each of the eight programs that participated in the SEL Challenge, SEL work goes hand-in-hand with complicated and engaging work projects— like creating a community service project or building a boat. All of this, of course, happens among youth who sometimes struggle dealing with everyday life as a teenager in a risky world.

How to be a Good Advocate for Youth

Recorded February 2016

Too many of our youth are falling through the cracks because there is not enough support for Youth Intervention work. When our youth fail, our communities must deal with increased crime, an inadequately trained workforce and a lot of wasted taxpayer money. Most importantly, it is morally wrong to not make sure that youth have access to the support we know can help them to thrive.

Youth/Adult Partnerships

Recorded February 2016

Positive youth/adult partnerships are the foundation for a quality youth programs. However, it is more than having your youth liking your youth workers. It is having youth and adults work together to produce positive developmental experiences.

Self-Care: Stay Happy and Healthy

Recorded January 2016

Self-care is essential for your success as a youth worker. When you are feeling healthy and happy, you enjoy working with youth more and you can handle difficult situations with greater confidence.

Confessions of a Gamer

Recorded January 2016

Most likely every youth you know plays video games. Is it any different than hanging out by watching a movie or listening to music? Whether you have never played a video game or regularly game, you will want to be part of this training.

Youth Empowerment

Recorded December 2015

It is a simple truth: Our world and our communities need to ensure that all young people today are engaged, inspired and empowered to be change agents and leaders in action. It is the only way our young people and our communities can succeed.

Trauma Informed Care with Youth

Recorded November 2015

It is estimated that more than 60% of youth age 17 and younger have been exposed to crime, violence and abuse either directly or indirectly. Then there are other forms of trauma a youth experiences when living in poverty. With this high prevalence, you may already be working with a youth who has experienced trauma or you will in the future.

Restorative Parenting

Recorded October 2015

For youth who experience trauma and violent living arrangements, it can be extremely tough to break that cycle of violence. Parents (caregivers) typically don’t understand the need to restore or rebuild their relationship with their children who have been exposed, witnessed or directly affected by trauma or violence which hinders the prospect for positive change. The developmental processes of youth are affected in these cases. Too many young people continue to struggle as a result, but there is an intervention strategy that can help.

Telling Your Impact Story

Recorded October 2015

You know that telling stories about the work you do is critical to engaging stakeholders and raising money—so you probably tell a lot of stories. There are some incredible people doing amazing things in your program, but are your stories powerful enough? Do they explain your impact and compel others to take action? Telling Your Impact Story Webinar will help you get clear on how to tell organizational stories with purpose.

Clique Banging: The Evolution of Gangs in America

Recorded April, 2015

The trajectory of gangs is becoming quite alarming. Whereas in the past, there was a form of hierarchy that pervaded the entire existence, nowadays, many are becoming “renegades” or forming their own “cliques”. These cliques have all chiefs and no foot soldiers, which makes for a group of ill-informed, misguided boys and girls without any organizational laws that govern their behavior.

From At-Risk to “Untapped Potential”

Recorded April 2015

From At-Risk to “Untapped Potential” is an active learning experience geared toward helping groups connect to youth who have been identified as difficult, non-compliant, or at-risk.

We Are All Criminals

Recorded March 2015

One in four people in Minnesota has a criminal record. It’s a record that can have a profound and everlasting impact on someone’s life in terms of housing, employment, professional licensure, education, and more. Join us for a discussion about the true and often disparate impact of criminal records on Minnesotans and for an examination and challenge of the fairness and wisdom in those policies.

Understanding Teenage Substance Abuse and Current Drug Trends

Recorded January 2014

In today’s world to keep up with drug trends is nearly impossible. New drugs are popping up and old drugs are reappearing to a whole new generation. Let us help you grasp what’s really going on the world of substance abuse.

Mandated Reporting

Recorded May 2014

This training is specific to Minnesota State Law, but the basic principles and intent of mandated reporter laws will apply to everyone working with youth.

It is your ethical and legal responsibility to report maltreatment of youth.  If you do not understand your legal responsibilities you are placing you and your organization at risk.  A thorough understanding of mandated reporting is critical in youth work yet it rarely gets the attention it deserves.  Find out what you MUST do when you suspect maltreatment by caregiver.

Renewing Our Passion For Youth Intervention

Recorded in March 2014

Let us remind you, your work is vital. Your role in the lives of young people, at pivotal points in their lives, is critical. This high-energy training will provide you with a reminder of why you do what you do and how important it is to the youth you serve, the community, and society in general.

Maintaining Volunteer Motivation

Recorded January 2014

Volunteers are a vital part of many youth-serving organizations. However, too often programs are left wondering how to best manage volunteers to get the outcomes they desire while providing a meaningful experience for their volunteers.