Youth Relationships & The Impact of Trauma

bulletIn-person training in Fargo, ND

bulletThursday, August 10, 2017

bullet10:30 AM – 3:00 PM CENTRAL TIME

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$80 for non-YIPA members

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This training day includes two different sessions that will help you understand the impact of unhealthy relationships on the youth you serve.


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

Session 1 Presenter

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: Trauma – A Recurring Theme in Girls’ Lives

Girls and young women are now the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice system. Factors that lead to girls entering the system can look different than their male peers. Many of them are victims of violence, including physical and sexual abuse. They are typically nonviolent and pose little or no risk to public safety, but have significant, complex, and immediate needs. Failure to recognize the unique circumstances leading to girls’ involvement in the juvenile justice system is dangerous to their immediate future and overall welfare.

Youth workers need to understand the unique issues many girls face and be trained to recognize red flags that could lead to involvement in the justice system. Equally important is understanding the intersection of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and class as risk factors for system involvement. It’s imperative that youth workers develop trauma-informed and gender-specific intervention strategies for girls in order to create opportunities for positive development.

This training will outline common characteristics of system-involved girls so that you can build effective intervention strategies that meet their unique needs. The trainer has extensive front line experience and the content of this training will be supported with real examples of successful intervention strategies. Gender-responsive and trauma-informed appropriate services must become the norm and not the exception.

Session 2 Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the characteristics of girls who are at risk for justice-involvement (red flags)
  • Understand the unique issues of girls involvement with the juvenile justice system
  • Develop intervention and prevention strategies for girls at risk for involvement with the justice system.
  • Learn what the terms trauma-informed and gender-responsive services mean
  • Hear real examples of effective interventions for girls

Session 2 Presenter

Kristi Cobbs is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker whose background includes providing direct services to system-involved girls as well as providing leadership and direction to residential and community-based agencies around program assessment, program development and implementation. In her previous role as the Girls Services Coordinator for Hennepin County she worked diligently to advocate, educate and promote a strength-based, victim-centered approach to working with girls in the County’s child welfare and juvenile justice system. In her current position she is responsible for providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for girls at the Hennepin County Home School which is a Department of Corrections state-licensed residential treatment facility. In addition, she has over 12 years of progressively responsible work experience in program management including work plan development and implementation, grant management, and staff development. Kristi has provided a wide variety of trainings and technical assistance to local community-based and residential service providers that focus on female and culturally-responsive, trauma-informed services.

Focus Area


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 at the Dakota Medical Foundation (4141 28th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58104)
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017
  • 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM CENTRAL TIME
    • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM “Helping Youth Navigate Healthy Relationships”
    • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM FREE Networking Lunch
    • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM “Trauma – A Recurring Theme in Girls’ Lives”
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $80 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 4 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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