SUPPORTING YOUTH THROUGH DIFFICULT TRANSITIONS

Our youth experience their fair share of unwanted or unexpected change. There are ways that we as youth intervention workers can help young people better manage the emotional upheavals that change creates. This one-of-a kind workshop outlines the Transitions Framework and explores how we can apply the framework in our daily work with young people and families. The Transitions Framework centers upon paying attention to the internal and emotional process being experienced in the midst of change, which will improve the ability of an individual and family to handle stressful and difficult times in their lives.

This unprecedented workshop will highlight the work of the YMCA Elements of Transitions Youth Consultants who will perform dramatic vignettes modeling the use of the Transitions Framework. The Youth Consultants will also describe the benefits they have experienced as they have used the Framework in their own lives while providing real-life examples. Through their own individual stories of being in foster care, the Youth Consultants will help training participants identify practical strategies for intervening with youth.

Training Goals:

  • Learn the three-phase transition model developed by William Bridges and adopted by the Andrus Family Fund
  • Use a common language to discuss with colleagues important issues related to the difference between external change and internal transition, and how the impact of changes can be more effective/successful & lasting by paying attention to this difference.
  • Gain a new way of understanding youth and adult behaviors that appear to be destructive defeating, or oppositional and how many of these behaviors are part of our natural resistance to change.
  • Acquire new tools and information about strategies for overcoming resistance to change and success stories of others who are providing care to youth and families in transition.

About the Presenters:

Christopher Aldrich’s (Primary Presenter) professional career includes more than 6 years of experience in the areas of Leadership and Youth Development. Currently, Mr. Aldrich is employed by the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities Intervention Services and is responsible for the Elements of Transitions Youth Empowerment Program. This program provides leadership opportunities for youth with foster care experiences to become trainers, professional speakers, mentors and advocates in order to inspire others to new levels of understanding about the concepts of change and transition. Their overarching goal is to help youth make a smoother transition from foster care to a life of independence. Outside of his career at the YMCA, Mr. Aldrich gives his time to programs focusing on empowering youth and families in and around his community.

The Elements of Transition Youth Consultants (Co-Presenters) are a professional speakers group comprised of current and former foster youth (ages 18-23). The Youth Consultants are committed to improving the child welfare system by lending their voice and experience to policy-makers and professionals in the field, as well as mentoring youth still in care. In addition to being well-versed in teaching and using the Transitions Framework, the Youth Consultants put their knowledge to use by performing dramatic self-written vignettes depicting how the Transition Framework can be used within the helping relationship (youth worker, social workers, foster parent, etc.). Over the last two years, they have conducted numerous community-based, regional, and state-wide presentations in the State of Minnesota. This includes presenting at three National Foster Care-Based Conferences to acclaimed reviews.

Training Details:

  • February 13, 2013, 12:00pm to 4:30pm
  • TIES Building, Falcon Heights
  • $50 for non-YIPA Members, $35 for YIPA Members
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  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided at breaks. 
  • This training will count as four and a half (4.5) CEU hours for most boards. YIPA will provide you with the materials you need to seek approval from your board.

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