Youth Worker Fundamentals: Trauma Informed Youth Work

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PST) More Information →

The Youth Worker Fundamentals: Trauma Informed Youth Work training is a full-day training designed for staff working in homeless youth serving agencies across King County focusing on supporting youth workers to build their trauma informed practice.

This training reframes perceptions of fundamental needs as safety, agency, dignity and belonging. Participants will reflect in depth on how trauma impacts the ways young people experiencing homelessness attempt to meet those four categories of fundamental needs. We want to move from asking young people “What is wrong with you?” to “I wonder what conditions led to this behavior?” so that we can respond to young people in ways that build resilience, trust and empowerment.

This training discusses trauma informed youth work through a lens of systemic oppression, intentionally looking at the ways social systems impact interpersonal experiences of trauma.

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how trauma shows up in the lives of young people experiencing housing instability

  2. Identify the interconnections between trauma and oppression at the individual, intergenerational, collective, and systemic levels

  3. Respond to challenges to using a trauma informed approach in our work

  4. Apply practical tools/strategies to support young people in building resilience

  5. Integrate trauma informed strategies in discussions with young people

This training is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 24th at The 2100 Building (2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144)

The Youth Worker Institute team is excited to offer this opportunity as an integral part of the Fundamentals Series. The Youth Worker Institute produces trainings specifically designed for staff working in homeless youth serving agencies in King County. The Fundamentals Series includes training topics on Trauma Informed Youth Work, Harm Reduction, Strengths-Based Approach, Systemic Oppression and Motivational Interviewing.

The curriculum for this training was developed and will be facilitated by Briana Herman-Brand, MSW, in collaboration with YouthCare’s Training Program Team. Briana has worked with youth and adults for almost 20 years at the intersections of interpersonal and systemic violence, healing and social justice. As a Lead Teacher with Generative Somatics, she teaches courses nationally on trauma healing and embodied leadership for educators, counselors and social movement leaders. Briana’s commitment to social justice is grounded in white anti-racist practice, queer and gender liberation, and transformative justice. She is passionate about supporting youth to build collective power, dignity and self-determination; and is excited by opportunities to help adults collaborate more skillfully and powerfully with youth.

This training is intended to be interactive and experiential. If you have accessibility needs and/or will need accomodations, please let us know when you register.

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