If you want to be the best youth worker you can be, the YIC is for you.

Youth work is difficult. But you have a calling to make a difference in the lives of young people. Not everyone can do what you do. And the better you become in your work with youth, the better their outcomes will be.

That’s why we created the YIC training program.

The Need

Youth today face many challenges on the path to becoming productive, self-sustaining adults. You see it firsthand every day and it’s exactly why you do the work you do. You genuinely care about helping youth find their way, and successfully navigate the stages of development into adulthood.

The needs of our young people are many; more youth are struggling with mental health challenges, at-risk behaviors, and the effects of trauma. Many deal with the realities of social injustice and systemic inequities. The need for effective interventions seems to be increasing.

And today’s youth workers are increasingly in need of easily accessible, well-rounded learning opportunities to know how to address the many challenges our youth experience. You need to continually refresh and update your learning to develop and maintain real competency.

The Path to Competency

There are 3 essential elements for developing competence:

  1. KNOWLEDGE– Acquire a basic, broad understanding of the work and the reason for the work
  2. SKILLS– Master a set of fundamental skills that are essential to consistently perform the job well
  3. CONFIDENCE– Develop a level of expertise that demonstrates you know how to apply good judgment in any situation

No matter where you are in your youth work career, add the Youth Intervention Certification training program to your professional development plan. The YIC will give you a solid foundation for great youth work.

And you can easily continue to build on your learning with all YIPA trainings because they are all grounded in the same eight competency focus areas and are FREE to YIPA members. Learn more about our MyYouthPro Competency Framework.

What You’ll Learn

LEARNING MODULE 1: THE FIELD OF YOUTH INTERVENTION

  1. Gain a broader perspective about the field of Youth Intervention and the value of youth work
  2. Understand your role as a youth worker
  3. Create a customized self-care plan
  4. Learn the importance of continuing your professional development

LEARNING MODULE 2: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

  1. Learn the different development stages, channels, tasks, and milestones for middle childhood youth, pre-teens, and adolescents
  2. Gain strategies for helping youth navigate developmental changes
  3. Understand your role in positive youth development

LEARNING MODULE 3: COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Understand the fundamental elements of effective communication
  2. Learn how to use various communication strategies and techniques for certain situations
  3. Improve your conflict resolution skills
  4. Learn the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach
  5. Gain group facilitation strategies and skills

LEARNING MODULE 4: ETHICS

  1. Understand the value of an ethical code of conduct
  2. Know the ethical responsibilities and professional principles of youth work
  3. Uphold healthy boundaries in your professional relationship with youth
  4. Apply ethical principles to the challenges faced in ethical dilemmas

LEARNING MODULE 5: DIVERSITY

  1. See cultural competency as a life-long process of intentional discovery and conscious practice
  2. Learn how to recognize and address implicit bias
  3. Understand how your cultural makeup influences your attitudes and beliefs about diversity, equity, and inclusion
  4. Gain confidence in talking about cultural differences

LEARNING MODULE 6: BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION

  1. Understand the connection between emotions and behaviors
  2. Learn how to identify the five zones of regulation
  3. Acquire intervention strategies to help youth avoid becoming dysregulated
  4. Learn how to help a dysregulated youth re-regulate their behavior
  5. Understand your role in self-regulation and how that helps youth

LEARNING MODULE 7: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS

  1. Understand what drives risk-taking behavior
  2. Recognize the warning signs of unhealthy risk-taking behaviors
  3. Learn effective communication strategies for talking with youth about unhealthy risk-taking behaviors
  4. Know your role as a Youth Intervention worker and the importance of consulting with your supervisor

LEARNING MODULE 8: MENTAL HEALTH BASICS

  1. Know your role and responsibility as a youth worker
  2. Recognize mental health issues prevalent among youth today
  3. Learn responsive actions you can take as a youth worker
  4. Know the community and professional resources available to youth
  5. Create good self-care strategies

How You’ll Learn

  • The YIC training is completely self-paced – you take it at your convenience, on any computer, from anywhere you have WiFi access.
  • Complete each learning module in order, beginning with the Youth Worker video segment. Then complete the written workbook.
  • At the end of each learning module workbook, you’ll find a link to complete the quiz for that module. You’ll need to achieve a score of 80% or better to pass each quiz.
  • There is a final quiz to complete as well. With a passing score of 80% or better, you’ll then receive your Youth Intervention Certification.
  • The YIC training will count as 15 CEU credit hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submission requirements.

What Youth Workers Say About Their Experience With the YIC

“I came into the training a little biased because of my previous experience and education but honestly, I did learn new information, especially around mental health and at-risk behaviors. And I really see the value of the training for getting the whole team on the same page.” ~ Deidre Jefferson, Teen Outreach Program Worker

“Even though my agency provides great training, by comparison, I didn’t get the same grounding in youth development there as I did from the YIC. And this training really reinvigorated my passion to keep doing youth work. That’s huge because burn-out is such a challenge.” ~ Jade Schleif, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow

“The YIC highlights a lot of different things that we encounter in our work and brings you back to the basics, helps you refocus and allows you to see the information from a new perspective, no matter what your level of experience is.”  ~ Javin-Machaias Hintz, Program Intern, completing a Masters in Social Work

“I decided to take it myself because I wanted to put my whole team through the training and was interested in knowing firsthand what the training provided. Having my team up to speed on these topics means a better program overall and the ripple effect of that for the youth and our community is huge. The benefits of this training far outweigh the cost.” ~Brian Swerin, Senior District Executive, Juvenile Diversion program

Want to Give it a Try Before You Buy?

You can check out a free sample module. No credit card or payment required. Have a look for yourself and see how this training could benefit you.

Want to Talk With Us First?

If you have questions, we’re here to give you the help you need. If you want to talk with someone right away, please call Barbara at 651.688.3866. Or, you can send us an email using the Ask a Question form and we’ll get back to you within 1 business day.

Ready to Get Started?

  • YIPA members receive a 50% discount on each YIC purchased – your price is $99. The non-member price is $195 per YIC.
  • Click the BUY NOW button below and you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to a form that provides you access to the YIC syllabus.

Thank you for your commitment to help youth achieve healthy development and happy lives! Your learning makes a difference for them.