In-Person Training, Brainerd, MN
Friday, July 26, 2019
12:30 pm to 4:00 pm Central Time
FREE for YIPA members
$70 for non-YIPA members
Young people impacted by toxic stress such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or trauma of any kind often experience physical, psychological, and behavioral challenges throughout their life. Ongoing research has brought to light how life-altering ACEs can be, but it is also providing hope about promising practices such as Social Emotional learning to address those negative effects directly. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), “social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Adults who embrace SEL and engage youth in SEL, support them in developing real resilience.
It is vital for youth workers to learn to recognize the effects of ACEs and toxic stress. But the real work comes with learning how to intentionally cultivate the core elements of SEL in yourself first and foremost. Adult mental and emotional health and well-being is critical for effectively engaging youth in SEL. Your social and emotional well-being is something you must continuously stoke. When you are intentional about that, then and only then can you really hold space for engaging youth in this core practice to build resilience.
Join us for a deeply moving and powerful training. Through experiential and interactive mindfulness-based activities and discussions, you’ll gain a greater understanding of yourself, the impacts of trauma and ACEs, and how to use those insights to better serve youth. You’ll interact with other youth workers during a screening of the Resilience film and explore concepts like emotional first aid, social emotional learning, toxic stress, moral injury, and the core values that influence your work. You’ll leave with a toolkit of practices to help you and the youth you serve build resiliency and mindfulness to better handle stresses in the moment.
Your Learning Objectives
- Enhance your personal SEL skills to deepen self-awareness, emotional regulation, and social awareness
- Explore how social and emotional well-being builds resiliency to address the impact of toxic stresses such as ACEs
- Use social emotional learning (SEL) strategies to help youth understand the connections between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
- Brainstorm and practice strategies you can use and share with your youth to continually stoke mental and emotional health for resiliency and well-being
Dr. Jennifer Clifden is the creator of Present Teacher TrainingTM and founder of Present Well-Being LLC. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan and her MA in Socio-Cultural Foundations and Educational Thought from Western Michigan University. Jennifer also holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development with a focus on elementary education, curriculum and instruction, and teacher development.
She currently teaches at the U of MN in the College of Education and Human Development and researches stress-resilience and the process for human service professionals to “burn in” to heart-centered healing professions.
Jennifer’s 23 years of collective experience as a public school teacher, university educator, well-being researcher, mindfulness and yoga teacher, and mother of a 5th grader and twin 4th graders serve to help human service professionals stoke their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Your Competency Focus Area
Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: 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, and practice good self-care strategies.
- In-Person Training, Brainerd, MN
- Brainerd Fire Department, 23 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN, 56401
- Friday, July 26, 2019
- 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm Central Time
- FREE for YIPA members
- $70 for non-YIPA members
- Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
- This training will count as 3.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.