2017

March 3, 2017

Relationships: The X Factor to Motivation and Resilience in Youth

The greatest social workers, case workers, counselors, and teachers have one thing in common: their youth know that someone cares about them. The latest research on youth resilience backs up this idea: the key to lasting change and motivation doesn’t lie in interventions alone, but in the relationship you establish with the youth with whom you work. This online presentation will provide concrete, practical relationship-building strategies to help you become an effective agent of change in one-on-one sessions, group settings, and beyond. These evidence-based tools will help you become a trusted “safe space” where the youth in your life can feel secure, supported, and resilient.

The presenter is Bruce Bushnell, a presenter from the organization WhyTry. For 26 years, Bushnell has centered his career around promoting youth success. This career began as a high school counselor, where Bruce devoted his time and expertise as a member of the Executive High School Relations Board, senior vice president of the Alpine Counseling Association, and vice president of the Utah Counselor Association. Bruce now helps youth succeed by presenting passionate WhyTry keynotes and trainings across the country. As an advocate of the program from its earliest days, Bruce is also the creator of many of the WhyTry learning activities, which are proven to help youth develop the social and emotional skills necessary to reach their goals.

Recording

Slides (PDF)

 

February 3, 2017

Communication for Healthy Teen Relationships (Teen Dating Violence)

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
, and this informational session will focus on the epidemic of teen dating violence. The presentation will provide an overview of teen dating violence, which will assist practitioners in the field when working with teen clients. The presenter will define dating violence, provide tools to identify the warning signs or red flags in teen relationships, outline the causes and effects of dating violence, examine a healthy teen relationship, as well as how to provide resources and intervention to teens experiencing violence in their relationships.

Presenter Dorothy Andrews, a founding member of the domestic violence agency that serves Cumberland and Perry Counties, has varied professional experiences in the field of domestic violence. They include being a school social worker for eighteen years (which afforded the opportunity to work with students and their families around issues of violence in their homes), serving as the Violence Prevention Coordinator at Dickinson College for two years, teaching the Interpersonal Violence course at Shippensburg University numerous times and co-facilitating a batterers’ intervention group for violent and abusive men for eighteen years. Dorothy holds a BSW degree from Shippensburg University and an MSW degree from Marywood University. She is certified in the Duluth Batterers’ Intervention curriculum, a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.

Recording

Slides (PDF)