Types of Workshops

Curious about what sorts of advanced-skill workshops the Youth Worker Institute has organized in the past? This page is your go-to for the Skills Workshop Series archive. Scroll through topics of interest to learn about each workshop’s key points and get access featured to tools and activities as they are developed.


Coaching Skills for Supervisors 

Mike Beebe facilitates the first workshop in the series, Situational Leadership, at The 2100 Building on March 3, 2017. // Youth Worker Institute photo

Through the Youth Worker Institute, Mike Beebe from Leadership for Change provided an opportunity for supervisors to strengthen their coaching skills through a combination of training and development of a peer-learning community.  We believe that supervisors that have strong coaching and team-building skills can be more effective in supporting their staff to provide excellent service and in being effective mentors and leaders for the young people they work with on a day-to-day basis.

The series included five three-hour workshops offered on a monthly basis in Spring-Summer 2017, with a second round in Summer-Fall 2017. We invited supervisors and managers from homeless youth-serving agencies in King County to attend, with participants moving through each of the following workshops as a cohort:

  1. Situational Leadership
  2. Creating a Culture of Feedback
  3. Engaged Listening and Inquiry Skills 
  4. Building Successful Teams 
  5. Supervising with an Equity Lens 

Supporting Homeless Youth on the Autism Spectrum 


Homeless youth service providers are seeing more and more youth on the Autism spectrum in our programs, but we lack the skills and knowledge needed to adequately serve them. This 3-hour workshop is an opportunity for King County youth service providers to gain a baseline understanding of the Autism spectrum, how it shows up for young people in our programs, and concrete ways we can adjust our practices to better meet the needs of these young people.

After this workshop, participants were able to:

  1. Identify when a young person may be on the Autism spectrum and when they should seek professional support
  2. Articulate the challenges young people experience at the intersection of Autism spectrum and homelessness
  3. Build knowledge of how to support young people on the Autism spectrum within programs

The Youth Worker Institute is offered this workshop in partnership with the UW Autism Center. The facilitators were Patricia Matestic, Ph.D. and Kawena Begay, Ph. D., both Licensed Clinical Psychologists working at the UW Autism Center.

Check our Events List and Calendar for other fundamental and advanced training opportunities.

Holistic Interventions: Responding to Mental Health in Youth Work

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“Holistic Interventions: Responding to Mental Health in Youth Work” is a 4-part workshop series designed for direct-service staff at King County agencies working with homeless youth and young adults. The nationally recognized Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum will be used as a starting point to dive deeper into understanding how mental health challenges show up in homeless youth work.

Participants will apply holistic skills to real-life challenges and will have the opportunity to get certified by MHFA USA in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This series discusses mental health through a social justice lens, intentionally looking at the ways social systems impact youth homelessness and how mental health needs are interpreted differently across identities.

Those interested must be prepared and are expected to attend all four workshops as a cohort, which are as follows:

  1. Youth Mental Health First Aid
  2. Intersections of Mental Health and Youth Homelessness
  3. Using a Holistic Approach When Working With Youth
  4. Applying Mental Health Interventions in Program

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First AidMental Health First Aid USA is a nationally recognized curriculum first brought to the United States in 2008 by The National Council for Behavioral Health with the goal of making it as common as traditional First Aid and CPR. As of 2016, there are more than 550,000 people trained in Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. by a network of more than 9,000 instructors.

In Youth Mental Health First Aid, we ask youth workers to put on their community member hats to explore the basics of responding to youth mental health challenges and situations. The nationally recognized Mental Health First Aid for Youth curriculum introduces common youth mental health challenges, reviews adolescent development and teaches a 5-step action plan (ALGEE) for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

The workshop trains participants on the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents — including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan.



Stories of Youth Homelessness

Stories of Youth Homelessness

Stories of Youth Homelessness, brought to the Youth Worker Institute from The Mockingbird Society, is a two-hour interactive and youth-led workshop that seeks to answer some of the most pressing questions around youth homelessness.

Why do young people become homeless? How do youth survive the experience and find their way to safe, stable housing and independence? What’s it actually like living on the streets? Learn from young folks who have first-hand experiences grappling with these questions.

In the Stories of Youth Homelessness training, The Mockingbird Society’s young adult staff introduce different scenarios that put audience members in the “driver’s seat” of being on the streets. The training goes over how to increase one’s level of empathy, increase one’s level of awareness, and most of all, how to help end youth homelessness.

This training covers topics such as:

  • The key risk factors that cause youth to become homeless
  • The day-to-day dilemmas that young people face as they struggle to survive while literally homeless
  • The challenges and successes that programs serving homeless youth in our communities face
  • Strategies to effectively and respectfully engage with homeless youth in a range of contexts