The Training


What state caseworkers, community youthworkers, educators and law enforcement personnel say about
Youth Thrive:

 ‘All topics covered over the 3-day training are critical to the successes of our youth; amazing!!!’
‘The best training I’ve ever attended.’
‘Every police officer working in a school/juvenile environment should have this training!
‘I was feeling jaded about a teen I work with, but now feel refreshed and like I have a new direction to try.’

The Youth Thrive training can take place over three days, but may also be taught by module, either singly or in combination. Learn more by reading our Youth Thrive Overview and FAQs.

Training Structure

The entire Youth Thrive training takes 18 hours. When split into modules, each module takes up to four hours. Modules are described below and each include several interactive exercises.


  1. Overview of Youth Thrive
  2. The premises that underlie the work
  3. Assessment of our own beliefs, attitudes and biases related to young people, and to the emerging science on brain development, trauma and resilience


Module One: Understanding Adolescent Development

  1. Issues facing typical adolescents
  2. Adolescent brain development
  3. How trauma impacts the brain
  4. Interventions that support optimal brain development
  5. How to incorporate the new brain science into your work with young people


Module Two: Social Connections

  1. Quality and variety of relationships and how they support developmental and human needs
  2. How social connections typically develop for young people, and how this process is different for those who have experienced early trauma or come from challenging backgrounds
  3. How adults can support healthy connections
  4. Assessment of our own work with young people, and how that does or does not support social connections


Module Three: Cognitive and Social-Emotional Competency

  1.  The science on executive brain functioning, including cognitive flexibility, future orientation, cognitive and emotional self-regulation, planning and working memory
  2.  How adolescents develop increasing self-awareness, and its importance to helping them meet current needs
  3. The growth of self-concept, self-esteem, self-efficacy, self-compassion and self-improvement in youth, and how adults can support these dimensions
  4. The characteristics of interventions that promote cognitive and social-emotional competence, and opportunities for using interventions with young people


Module Four: Concrete Support in Times of Need

  1. How services for young people in acute need must preserve their dignity and provide opportunities for skill development, including skills in self-advocacy
  2. Barriers of all kinds that young people experience when trying to access supports, and how our helping systems may actually discourage young people from seeking help
  3. How adults can increase the willingness of young people to reach out for help
  4. How self-advocacy is essential for a healthy transition to adulthood


Module Five: Promoting Youth Resilience

  1. How youth response to stressors is more important than the stressors themselves in determining well-being
  2. Understanding resiliency and how resiliency supports healthy development and well-being
  3. Personal characteristics that support the development of resilience
  4. Strategies to promote resiliency in young people
  5. Assessment of how we each promote or don’t promote youth resilience in our interactions with young people



  1. Connecting the dots: What does this new learning mean for you and your work with young people?
  2. Creating a customized plan for putting the training into action



By completing the Youth Thrive training, you are  advancing your knowledge of positive youth development, resiliency and the concepts of Youth Thrive. You will also be earning credits toward requirements for the entry and associate level Child and Youth Care (CYC) certification, administered by the CYC Certification Institute, and the professional level Child and Youth Care Professional (CYC-P) certification administered by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board.  You will earn Child and Youth Care Certification CEUs in Applied Human Development, Cultural and Human Diversity, Developmental Practice Methods, and the Relationship and Communication domains of the Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners (Revised 2010), the competencies upon which the CYC certifications are based.

The Trainers

Our Youth Thrive Training Collaborative staff have decades of experience training state child welfare staff, private nonprofit youth service professionals, educators, out-of-school time and juvenile justice personnel. Learn more about them here.

More Information

For more information about Youth Thrive, or to schedule a training, please contact:
Cindy Carraway-Wilson
Ph: (207) 319-6009