Transforming Adverse Childhood Experiences

bulletLive Online

bulletThursday, March 14, 2019

bullet1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Central Time

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$30 for non-YIPA members

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Situational factors such as trauma often suppress a young person’s ability to develop self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-worth. These stressors impede a youth’s healthy development and weaken their ability to tap into their unique sense of purpose. Without guidance, their inherent talents and contributions may not be realized.

Guiding youth to find their inner voice, develop their strengths, define their identity and imagine how they want to be in the world, is an important role for you as a youth worker. Helping them build those strengths and skills will empower them through times of adversity. For true transformations like these to occur for individuals and communities, you must work hard to let go of limiting mindsets that have become normal to you.

Through powerful personal stories and strategies, you’ll learn to view youth through the lens of their own life. You’ll see new ways you can encourage the journey of chasing their dreams to find their inner light. You’ll also learn what it takes to transform negative or limiting mindsets around you and how you can work to restore deep, personal connections with both youth and adults.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to help youth transform adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) to build resiliency, self-worth, and confidence
  • Develop skills for recognizing and letting go of your own biases
  • Understand how to build and restore personal connections with youth as well as adults
  • Gain tools to help youth define and develop their inner voice and tap into their unique purpose

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Trainer

Mary Whitney has over 20 years as a restorative justice expert and conflict resolution specialist. She founded “Women Planting Seeds,” serving domestic violence survivors and women exiting incarceration. Mary has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award in 2010. She is an exceptional motivational speaker on the power to heal, and author of four books.

Mary’s real-life experiences help her connect with people of all different cultures and backgrounds. She has personally overcome and transformed adverse experiences and trauma such as abuse and rape, making her who she is today. She brings that experience to her work in a remarkable way to help others transform trauma and find their authentic self. This passion has led her to become one of Minnesota’s top transformation experts.

Mary currently holds a non-educators License as an Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) and works as a Specialized Student Services/Trauma & Restorative Practice Coach. She has worked for an Alternative High School in Blaine, Minnesota for over eight years.

Focus Area


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

Logistics

  • Live Online
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 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 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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