On-Demand Trainings

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Improve your knowledge, skills, and confidence on your own schedule. Take your On-Demand trainings individually or watch with your team. Use trainings as a group to discuss the impact of the learning for your program. New trainings are added to this page regularly and are sorted by the eight learning focus areas that make up our competency framework for professional development.

The Field of Youth Intervention

The Field of Youth Intervention Focus Area, Youth Work TrainingsExpand your professional acumen to understand the reach and importance of your role, serve as an effective advocate for youth, and pursue ongoing professional development.

Empowering Youth Self-Advocacy

The Cornerstone Youth Advocacy model will be reviewed in this training to give you insight into proven practices for empowering youth self-advocacy, fostering collaborative partnerships, and nurturing leadership skills. You’ll learn how to help youth feel safe and recover from crisis by validating feelings and being an askable adult, meeting them where they’re at, and teaching tools to cope with challenges.

Youth Work Legislative Advocacy 101

This training is specific to Minnesota, but if you live in another state the fundamentals will still be beneficial to you. You’ll learn how an idea becomes a law, the cycles of the budget process, basic skills to successfully advocate with elected officials on the life changing interventions you provide, how to engage others in your work, and you’ll consider the concept of trauma informed advocacy. You’ll gain knowledge and skills to confidently advocate for the youth work that matters to you and your community. Invite the youth you serve to join you for this training. Be the change!

Social Activism in Youth Work

View this training individually or with the youth you serve. Either way, you’ll be inspired by video clips of youth inviting you to become socially engaged. This training will provide a historical perspective of social change and help you develop insight about your elected officials. You’ll learn strategies and receive tips on how to make the most of youth worker activism. Discover what social activism in youth work is all about. This cause needs all of us right now!

How You and Your Organization Can Manage Burnout and Secondary Trauma

In this training you will learn to recognize the signs and distinguish the differences between burnout and secondary traumatic stress. That awareness will help you choose more effective self-care prevention and intervention strategies for yourself. You’ll go beyond a typical self-care training by learning how supervisors and organizations can improve their abilities to support you as a youth worker and make well-being a priority. Engaging your entire organization as an active partner in providing support and stress prevention tools and strategies will help everyone show up healthy and whole for the youth you serve.

Youth DO Have Rights!

Join us to learn about the rights youth have in various settings and contexts. You’ll come to recognize the scope of your support and your capacity for cultural responsiveness. That will help you recognize when it’s time to collaborate with other professionals and how to do so. You’ll gain resources to assist youth in understanding their rights, so you can encourage your youth to self-advocate.

Your Role in Retaining Great Youth Workers

Whether you’re a frontline youth worker or a program manager, there are strategies you can learn to help yourself and your organization. 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. Register now for this important training. We all have a role in retaining great youth workers.

Youth Development

Youth Development Focus Area, Youth Work TrainingsStrengthen your commitment to implement positive youth development strategies, understand development channels, and support youth through developmental changes.

A Systemic Approach to Youth Homelessness and Exploitation

Empty Train Station, Training Image for A Systemic Approach to Youth Homelessness and Exploitation As a youth worker, you can learn how to support young people experiencing homelessness. It’s crucial to recognize the dynamics and systems that sometimes help, and sometimes don’t. By taking this Interview-Style training, you’ll understand the connection between exploitation and youth experiencing homelessness, the effects of community systems, and what survival mode means. And, you’ll know steps that you can take to make a positive impact.

Supporting Youth in Life Transitions, Career Exploration, and Workforce Navigation

Featured Image for Supporting Youth in Life Transitions, Career Exploration, and Workforce Navigation TrainingThis training is relevant to anyone working with middle school and high school aged youth. Even if a young person’s next step is staying in school, you can spark their critical thinking skills and motivate them to start exploring options now. You’ll gain actionable strategies that are backed by research, along with resources you can use. You’ll learn about the common challenges young people may experience along the way, including the inequities underserved communities face, and how you can help them be more successful as they create a life that brings them joy and fulfillment.

Adopting a Mentoring Mindset

Explore what it means to adopt a mentoring mindset to enhance your youth work. You’ll learn about the Developmental Relationships Framework and how to make the most of a mentoring mindset. By understanding the characteristics of effective mentors, you’ll be able to create and support quality relationships with youth. You’ll also learn how Critical Mentoring is advancing the mentoring field forward to raise youth voice and address structural challenges that impact young people.

Helping Youth Make Healthy Choices

This training will focus on strategies to make healthy choices attractive and accessible to youth. You’ll learn to recognize common myths and misconceptions about making healthy choices. You’ll gain an understanding of behavior change basics, the dimensions of wellness, and how to increase interest and motivation for healthy behaviors in youth.

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Makes a Difference

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.

Positive Youth Development in Talking About Sexuality Topics

In this interactive presentation, 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.

The Trials and Tribulations of Adolescence

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

Communications

Communications Focus Area, Youth Work TrainingsGain communication flexibility which allows you to develop healthy, productive work relationships, engage in collaborative problem solving with youth, and improve individual and group facilitation.

Design Thinking for Dynamic Youth Work

Design thinking is a process that broadens your perspective and helps you create better solutions no matter the type of problem. Learning how to think outside the box will help you reframe your work and challenge those status quo assumptions. Design thinking skills will help you in your own life as well as in your work with youth. You can encourage youth to be open-minded and try new things by role modeling these creative design thinking strategies. Join us to learn how to communicate with youth in ways that promote intrinsic motivation, and consider how reframing the way you do your work to be more collaborative and creative is itself a form of self-care.

Conflict Resolution Toolkit

Join us for this insightful training and discover new tools you can use in your day to day work with young people, as well as in your own personal life. Get up to date information about adolescent brain development that refutes the previous model most of us are familiar with. This is learning every youth worker will benefit from. Register now!

Engaging Youth via Pop Culture

In this training, you will explore the importance of looking at the adult-youth relationship as cross-cultural. This includes thinking of 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. This training is designed for any individual working with youth, regardless of setting (clinical or non-clinical, residential or community based).

Ethics

Ethics Focus Area, Youth Work TrainingsReinforce your responsibility to adhere to guidelines for professional behavior, role model self-management, and set and maintain healthy boundaries.

The Power of Relationships in Youth Work

Through self-reflection and practice, anyone can become more skilled at building relationships. In this interview-like training, you’ll learn what makes relationships thrive in youth work, including building your character, maintaining congruency, a sense of trust, and appropriate self-disclosure.

Minnesota Mandated Reporting Law and Process

You’ll learn about available resources to help you through the process of reporting, as well as current terms and definitions to better understand reporting requirements. You’ll take a closer look at the three main agencies of the MN child protection system. Most importantly, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge of Minnesota’s mandated reporting procedures into the work you do every day.

How to Navigate Mandated Reporting

In this training, you’ll get the historical perspective about why mandated reporting became law in the U.S. and how it has evolved. You’ll learn how to handle your responsibility as a mandated reporter. And you’ll gain confidence by learning to address the ethical issues and challenges you may face. This is a training every youth worker will benefit from.

Ethical Dilemmas in Youth Work

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.

Diversity

Diversity Focus Area, Youth Work TrainingsRaise your awareness to recognize and transcend your inherent biases, address your unconscious prejudice, and see cultural competency as an ongoing process of development.

Gender Literacy for Inclusive Youth Work

This training will help you learn how to intentionally create safe and supportive environments that are inclusive to all. You’ll learn about gender identity, the differences between sex and gender, commonly held myths, and how to eliminate micro-aggressive language. You’ll leave with tools to support all youth to feel safe to be themselves with you and in your program spaces – no matter their gender identity. Are you in?

Trauma Across Generations: Engaging the African American Community

This training will increase your awareness of the link between historical and intergenerational trauma, community challenges, and effective engagement with the African American community. The trainer will discuss practical, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, outcome-driven best practices you can use in your work with youth.

Equity and Inclusion in Youth Work

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.

LGBTQ Foundations: Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills

This training will provide you with an understanding of terminology that will help define the LGBTQ experience as well as give you an awareness of when and how to use this sort of vocabulary appropriately. You’ll explore how privilege impacts the LGBTQ community. You’ll be challenged to think about barriers and opportunities within your organization in creating more inclusive programs. And you will walk away with a deeper understanding of the LGBTQ community and items to consider when identifying ways your organization can best support LGBTQ youth as they interact with others in your program and in other environments.

Behavioral Intervention

Behavioral Intervention Focus Area, Youth Work TrainingsAdopt a mindset and perspective to understand the connection between emotions and behaviors, effectively model managing your own emotions as you teach youth to manage theirs, and diffuse dysregulated behavior and help youth re-regulate.

 

An Inside-Out Approach to Navigating Youth Trauma

Gain strategies to support young people who are learning how to trust and find safety in everyday life. Improve your ability to communicate safety by maintaining your own regulation. Recognize how self-care strategies are vital to being more present to youth that have experienced trauma. This training will give you tools, deepen your understanding, and build your capacity to support young people who are experiencing and trying to navigate a profoundly intense world.

Calming Challenging Behavior

Understanding the ‘brain on fire’ reactions that drive anger, anxiety, and power struggles is the foundation for interventions that calm challenging behaviors. This training offers a practical approach, grounded in brain science, mindfulness, and positive youth development. Discover how to calm intense behavior in the youth you serve, and gain ways to communicate with parents that will help motivate them to build on the work you do in your program to support their youth. Having more knowledge and skills to avoid frustration and stress will reenergize you for this important work.

Using Behavior Interventions to Build Self-Regulation 

Join us to hone your behavior management skills and develop your own personal style. From quick tempers to slow simmers, you’ll learn how you can help youth self-regulate. You’ll be able to apply many of these principles to working with groups of youth and understand the importance of maintaining behavior norms among groups as well as individual youth.

Help All Youth Heal: A Journey Through Restorative Practices

This training will ground you in the basics of restorative practices. You’ll learn why restorative justice is so vital to building systemic equity. You’ll also develop plans for addressing the behavior challenges that bring you the most discomfort in your daily work. You can’t dismantle generations of punitive mindsets in a two-hour training, but you can be awakened to the realities of the work ahead and gain tools to help youth believe in their capacity, self-worth, and voice.

Less Stress with Move Mindfully® Interventions

This training will help you understand the impact of trauma on both youth and adults. You will practice regulating movement, breath work, relaxation techniques and social emotional activities to help youth build connection and a sense of safety in their body. Learn how these practices enhance emotional, physical and mental health. Be ready to move and be engaged. Walk away with useful strategies for the youth you serve.

At-Risk Behaviors

At Risk Behaviors Focus Area, Youth Work TrainingsDevelop life-saving skills to identify the warning signs of unhealthy and risky behavior, understand risky behaviors based on a knowledge of adolescent brain development, and know when to report and refer.

The Crisis of Our Black Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Featured Image for The Crisis of Our Black Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Interview-Style TrainingStudies have long shown significant overrepresentation of black youth in the juvenile justice system, and specifically in secure confinement. This negatively impacts their engagement with school, employment, and their mental and chemical health. This interview-style training will provide you statistics about young black youth and juvenile justice. You’ll also gain insight into how slavery continues to have an impact today, and learn about alternatives to detention through community support.

Recognizing Risks and Building Effective Responses to Human Trafficking and Exploitation

Join us to learn about sex and labor trafficking exploitation. You’ll gain information about the laws and policies in Minnesota as well as the overall system structure for Safe Harbor. You’ll learn about the characteristics of at-risk youth, the tactics of traffickers and exploiters, common misconceptions about trafficking and exploitation, available resources, and best practices for working with youth. This training will include sample scenarios, information from a recent evaluation of the Safe Harbor system, and an opportunity for you to help shape the vision for a future free of trafficking and exploitation.

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention

Through lessons learned in Minnesota by the Regional Prevention Coordinators, you’ll be able to apply proven substance abuse prevention skills in your own community. You’ll learn about effective protective factors, gain tools you can use, and explore practical action steps to apply in your youth programs. You’ll also be able to find and use local data to strengthen your own prevention efforts. By building coalitions in every community, we can all work together to prevent youth substance abuse and create long-term social change.

The Incremental Strategy of Harm Reduction in Youth Work

In this training you will learn how to effectively implement harm reduction in your interventions with youth. You’ll learn both the short and long-term effects of harm reduction strategies to support change over time. You’ll gain insight into the challenges you may face, including vicarious and first-hand trauma, as you work with youth through the stages of change. This is an emerging practice that all youth workers will benefit from. Join us for this important training.

Relationships, Girls, and Juvenile Justice Interventions

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.

Teen Brain Development & Risk for Substance Abuse

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.

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

By participating in this training, you will learn why some youth do what they do and how you can intervene to help them. With many of the youth referred to Youth Intervention services because of negative behaviors, it is important that you fully understand ACEs. Findings from the ACE study represent a paradigm shift in understanding the origins of physical, social, mental, and also societal health and well-being. Be the best you can be and learn about the ACEs study and its implications for your work.

Suicide Prevention Steps Youth Workers Need to Know

Watch this one hour QPR 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

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.

Mental Health

Mental Health Focus Area, Youth Work TrainingsBuild your understanding of prevalent mental health issues among youth today, learn how to connect youth with appropriate mental health resources, and practice good self-care strategies.

Honoring Indigenous Traditions for Youth Health and Wellbeing

Honoring Indigenous Traditions for Youth Health and Wellbeing Training ImageJoin us to learn about the impact of historical trauma within indigenous communities. Learn how to support traditional recovery and healing practices, beyond western mental health approaches. You’ll be empowered through cultural skills and knowledge of historical trauma to better serve native youth. You’ll come away with knowledge of cultural healing and some culturally infused holistic healing practices to best support the health and wellbeing of indigenous youth.

Identifying and Addressing Depression in Youth

In this training, you’ll learn about how depression develops in youth and how to identify warning signs. You’ll also gain strategies you can teach to the youth you serve so they can learn to manage their depression in healthy ways. Join us for this important training. You may be saving someone’s life.

How You Can Help Youth Manage Anxiety

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.

What You Need to Know About Eating Disorders

By attending this training, you will gain a basic understanding of eating disorders. It is considered a primer for a more in-depth, in-person training at Melrose Center, an eating disorder treatment center (exact date TBD). Whether you just want the basics or prefer a deeper dive into eating disorders, sign up today.

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