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Your Competency Framework for Professional Development

A diverse grass-roots group of YIPA members collaborated and provided input about what makes a great youth worker. They identified distinct areas and concluded that each area requires a basic foundation of learning and on-going training to develop competency.

These eight focus areas form the Competency Framework and provide an outline for the Youth Intervention Certification (YIC). The YIC is your foundation for great youth work and our other trainings supplement your training and expand your knowledge, skills and confidence. Whether you’re new to the field of youth work or a seasoned pro, your YIPA trainings will help you become a great youth worker. Your YIPA trainings:

  • Support evidence-based or promising practices and include relevant tools you can use immediately
  • Complement a variety of youth program assessment tools that measure the quality of programming

Your Eight Competency Focus Areas

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 instill a mindset and proper perspective to:

  • Understand the connection between emotions and behaviors
  • Model effectively managing your own emotions as you teach youth to manage theirs
  • Diffuse dysregulated behavior and help youth re-regulate

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

Youth Intervention Certification Program (YIC)

The Youth Intervention Certification course (YIC) brings all eight focus areas together in one complete package. We see the YIC as your foundation for great work because the course provides you with a broad knowledge base as well as a professional mindset to help you create your career in youth work.

There is one comprehensive Learning Module for each of our focus areas. Each Learning Module offers you self-study materials, links to outside resources and videos, exercises to reinforce your learning along the way, and a competency quiz at the end to summarize your progress.

What Makes Our Trainings Exceptional

  • All Live Online and On-Demand, and Minnesota In-Person trainings are FREE to YIPA Members – Join or Renew now
  • Each training is designed to broaden your knowledge in one of our eight competency focus areas
  • Our Youth Intervention Certification (YIC) training provides a comprehensive foundation for all eight competencies in one complete package and members receive preferred discounted pricing
  • Every training supports evidence-based or promising practices and includes tools and tips you can use immediately
  • We provide certificates and all relevant information you may need to submit to your board for Continuing Education (CE) hours
  • Most of our trainings are available online so time constraints and travel restrictions won’t be barriers for you
  • We ensure our trainings are timely and relevant to your work so we add new trainings monthly; stay up to date by signing up to get our email Newsletters
  • Your voice matters and your feedback helps us continue to improve our trainings for you; reach out to any YIPA team member if you have ideas for training topics or speakers