All of these trainings are FREE to YIPA Members, learn how to become a member here.

We understand your need for training but also recognize the multiple demands placed on you. The day has come when time, money and/or geography no longer stop you or your staff from being highly trained youth intervention workers. We have reduced if not completely eliminated those barriers for you.

Here are just few ways to use our on-demand trainings:

  • If only a few staff need training on a topic, they can consume it on their terms and share feedback with each other or during supervision time.
  • If multiple staff members need training on a particular issue, have them watch it ahead of time and discuss it at a staff meeting.
  • If the entire staff needs additional training on an issue, use a staff development day and watch it together at a time that best fits your organization. You can even pause the recorded training to provide time for staff discussion.


MOBILE1All of YIPA’s trainings that are part of our on demand library can be viewed by a mobile device. Yes, you can watch any training on your iPad, iPhone, Android or Blackberry. It’s simple to do: Just download the free Adobe Connect Mobile app on your mobile device. Click here to learn more about Adobe Connect Mobile and download the free app.

Supporting Youth Living With Tourette Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorders

Recorded July 27, 2017

In this training, you will learn to identify common characteristics associated with Tourette syndrome and useful strategies to meet the needs of youth living with TS. In addition, you’ll learn tips for working with youth with autism spectrum disorders.

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.

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, 2017

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.

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.

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.

LGBTQ Foundations: Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills

Recorded December 1, 2017

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

FREE Webinar

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 on January 26, 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 on December 10, 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 on Thursday, November 12, 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.

Communication Styles for Courageous Conversations

Recorded on October 20, 2015

Communicating is a fine art! Until you understand your own style, it is difficult to engage in courageous conversations. In this hands on session we will identify what our own communication style is and how to use it not only in daily conversations but when we need to have those courageous conversations that we all dread!

Restorative Parenting

Recorded on October 14, 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 on October 1, 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 in 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 in 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.

Understanding and Engaging Survival Based Youth On-demand

Recorded in March 2015

Severe trauma associated with absent parents, lack of food, shelter or other basic needs, dangerous environments, exposure to violence and abuse, and uncertain futures define the experience of many children growing up today.  When young people experience these multiple traumas in an ongoing and unrelenting pattern, they typically adapt by developing a survival-based mode of operating.

We Are All Criminals

Recorded in 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.

Illuminating Digital Learning- On-demand

Recorded in January 2015

If you don’t have a computer and internet access in the home, it is difficult to fulfill the expectations of today’s education and economic system. Many more affluent youth, who have access to laptops and more powerful mobile devices are getting yet another advantage over traditionally underserved youth.

Understanding Teenage Substance Abuse and Current Drug Trends

Recorded in 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.

“Sit down, this is a very serious topic… but does it have to be?”

Recorded May 2014

Using humor to talk about Sex Ed and other difficult topics

Have you ever felt that the outline for your discussion on sexuality or relationships reads like a prescription for sleeping meds? Do you want to change that or do you worry that if you do you will be seen as “promoting sex” or that your program will lose its academic rigor? This session provides the wherewithal for you to confirm what the research shows – humor is effective in keeping young people engaged in learning.

Mandated Reporting

Recorded in 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.

Poverty, Learning, and Connection in Youth Work

Recorded in April 2015

We work with many different youth that have many different stories. Working with youth that are experiencing or have experienced poverty can have it’s own unique challenges. Your knowledge of this issue can be the difference in a youth’s life.

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 in 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.

LGBTQ Youth: What You Need To Know

Recorded in December 2013

Would you know what to say if a youth announced to you he/she is gay?  How do you deal with the teasing, bullying and harassment that centers on a youth’s sexual orientation? As a youth worker, you often provide the only safe place a youth can turn to for help. How you respond can either change that youth’s life for the better or may have long-lasting negative effects. Do you have the knowledge and skills to help this youth? Are you ready?