Design Thinking for Dynamic Youth Work

bulletLive Online Training

bulletWednesday, May 22, 2019

bullet9:30 am to 11:30 am Central Time

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$40 for non-YIPA members

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If you’ve ever heard the phrase “this is the way we’ve always done it,” you know that inside the box mindset can be a road block to creative problem solving and testing new ideas in your youth work. And it doesn’t lead to increased motivation in you or the youth you serve. Many problems require a willingness to get creative and lean in. But even with a desire to get creative, many people just don’t know how to make that happen in their day to day work.

Design thinking is a process that broadens your perspective and helps you create better solutions no matter the type of problem. By incorporating design thinking into your youth work, you’ll be able to explore new alternatives and create options for your young people that didn’t exist before. This process leads to greater collaboration and solutions that recognize the needs, context and culture of everyone involved.

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the benefits of bringing the elements of design thinking to your youth work
  • Practice specific engagement and communication strategies that promote intrinsic motivation in youth
  • Apply design thinking strategies to reframe your work with youth and to challenge assumptions
  • Explore how reframing the way you do your work can be a form of self-care

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Trainer

Miriam Itzkowitz is the Director of Trauma-Informed Care for the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In her role she develops and implements trauma-informed education and programming for the child welfare system. She also serves as the social work supervisor in the Child Protection Clinic, working with graduate social work students to link theory and practice and to serve the clients represented in the Child Protection Clinic. Miriam has clinical experience counseling adults and adolescents in clinical, home, and school settings. In her private practice, Miriam uses an eclectic approach to individual, couples, and group therapy, incorporating cognitive, creative, and holistic techniques to assist clients in sustaining authentic identities, coping with difficulties, and overcoming trauma. Miriam is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work. She received her BA from Grinnell College and her MSW from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: COMMUNICATIONS

Logistics

  • Live Online Training
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 9:30 am to 11:30 am Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $40 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 2 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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