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 benefits of being connected around a common identity can help you feel empowered as you work to improve your organization, and ultimately to achieve positive youth outcomes. Learn about what affinity groups are and how you can start and maintain one. You’ll also learn about values, goals, and measures of achievement for affinity groups and how they can help our young people. This Interview-Style training will help you understand the ins and outs of affinity groups so you can decide if this is right for you.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
You’ll learn about enthusiastic consent and different ways to ask for consent. You’ll consider effective conversations to have at each developmental age, beyond just how to say ‘no’. Statistics and reasons why sexual assault goes underreported will also be addressed. The statistics may be alarming, but with effective consent education you’ll help young people build boundaries and maintain healthy relationships to prevent sexual assault.
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.
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This training will give youth workers techniques for fostering de-escalation, while deepening your understanding of the root causes of challenging behaviors. You’ll practice shifting from reactive responses, often rooted in your own histories of trauma, oppression, and privilege, to centered responses that make room for the unique experiences and needs of the youth in front of you. You’ll reflect on how to shift the practices of your programs away from punitive approaches and towards the individual and collective possibilities of conflict transformation.
Explore tools and concepts of active listening combined with real youth work stories and experiences. You’ll go beyond theories to learn how to connect and communicate with young people about healthy choices in ways they’ll be more open to. You’ll learn how to talk with youth, how to effectively listen when they respond, and be able to give youth tools to expand their own ways of thinking to better understand themselves. You’ll also consider challenges and barriers youth, particularly youth of color, may face when making healthy choices.
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.
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!
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).
Join us to build your skill in making ethically informed decisions around your online practices for connecting with youth. You’ll become aware of best practices for respecting boundaries and strategies to maximize your connections with young people. Through case studies, sharing ideas, and the personal experiences and perspectives of two high-school-age youth, you’ll sharpen your good judgment in relation to social media and mobile tech.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Dr. Verna Cornelia Price to gain the tools and strategies needed to do this important work. You’ll find motivation and inspiration to increase your confidence. You’ll learn how to have productive and meaningful conversations about race and racism with your white friends, neighbors, other youth workers, and the youth in your programs. You’ll consider how racism affects your youth work, your wellbeing, and its impact on the youth you serve.
Explore how to connect with the young people you serve in more meaningful, culturally responsive ways. You’ll work through cultural dynamics and learn how to advance the work you do to move beyond cultural competence to cultural intelligence. You will be more effective in your efforts to create inclusive programs that foster genuine equity. Even if you’ve worked on these concepts before, come explore this training for new insights because the work is never done.
Join us for a unique and eye-opening perspective. Through first-person narrative, photography, law, and statistics, We Are All Criminals seeks to challenge concepts of criminality and justice. Your trainer, Emily Baxter, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to deliver this thought-provoking subject in a clear and engaging manner.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us to explore the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the impact on youth development. You’ll explore the experiences, perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors that can hinder positive youth development. You’ll also dive into practical, trauma-informed, outcome-driven strategies. The ACE Study has many implications for your youth work and this training will help you build a solid foundation for incorporating trauma-informed responses to improve outcomes for young people.
Studies 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meditative Movements™ is an innovative technique that integrates easy to follow movements to improve self-care and self-regulation. The movements are adaptable to anyone’s physical ability and incorporate breathing strategies and spoken core value affirmations. You will explore the mind, body, and being connection and how it affects behavior. You will practice Meditative Movements™ that release harmful energies while increasing nurturing ones. As you become more aware, you will be better equipped to handle difficult situations. When emotions are heightened, you can redirect and deescalate behavior by performing Meditative Movements™ in the moment.
Join 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.
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.
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.
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.