“IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE STRATEGIES BROKEN DOWN IN
THAT WAY. I TOOK AWAY SO MUCH. THE INFORMATION WAS
A GAME CHANGER IN HOW I WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR DISCUSSIONS ON BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT ON OUR CAMPUS."
-NAIOKI WOOD, UJCVP
TRAINING FOR CAMPS & YOUTH PROGRAMS
Training is a passion of mine! I have several sessions "ready to go" that I am happy to present for your team, or I can develop individualized solutions. Regardless of which route we take, I will work directly with you ahead of the training to learn about your team, select specific areas of focus, and develop an approach that will address your team's particular needs. There's no "canned" training here.
Potential training topics (not by any means an exclusive list!):
TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE IN PROGRAMS
Understanding the benefits and principles of T.I.C. and how to implement them in small steps
R.A.I.S.E. MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
A primer on mental health challenges and how to help, utilizing a 5-step, simple, straightforward support model
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE & CIRCLES
Making a change from traditional behavior management techniques to youth-inclusive fixes which give both sides an equal voice
RESPONDING TO CHALLENGING LANGUAGE
The art of responding - rather than reacting - when things get intense. Strategies for appropriately handling aggressive language
Getting to the root of what we're seeing kids do (the "why" behind their actions and behaviors)
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT
Strategies for managing challenging behaviors well,
from basic through advanced
SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Helping kids with lagging social ability participate successfully and build social competence
STRUCTURE & TRANSITION
Making the program day accessible, friendly and
engaging for all participants
INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR PLANS
Developing situational supports and positive, proactive interventions for participants
REPLACING "TIME-OUTS" WITH "TIME-INS"
Innovative ways to manage having participants "take a break," think through actions, and make amends
AUTISM 101 & TECHNIQUES/TIPS
Understanding ASD and how to help individuals with ASD participate joyfully and successfully
DEESCALATING SERIOUS SITUATIONS
Keeping staff and participants safe with verbal de-escalation strategies & situational awareness techniques
RESPONDING TO & DEBRIEFING DISCLOSURES
Supporting kids, staff and families when participants share private and personal information
Creating physical spaces and structural set-ups that support participants with extra needs
(A.K.A. "Mean Girls," Bullying and Exclusion) Reducing bullying, clique culture, and divisiveness
Looking at site, services, personnel and operations from a perspective of safety and risk mitigation
WORKING WITH PARENTS
Setting front-line staff up to engage professionally and appropriately with parents/guardians/caretakers
SUCCESSFUL GROUP MANAGEMENT
Powerful group-management strategies to ensure that groups transition, play, learn, and have fun together as a functional unit
SELF-CARE STRATEGIES FOR STRESSED STAFF
Understanding stress, triggers, and burn-out, and managing them proactively to stay healthy
Getting leadership staff ready to teach and lead effective staff training/orientation sessions
Beyond providing specific training sessions, I enjoy the opportunity to work with individuals and organizations to help maximize effective process, develop new programmatic and business strategy, and enhance current operations. We can focus on what's working fine and make it great, or we can work on improving areas of challenge. Everything is individually designed for your needs. Let's talk!
Some potential areas where I can help you include:
Structure & Programmatic Elements - how programming is implemented to ensure success of participants & staff
Intergenerational Staff development - helping your team work successfully across age groups
Working with Parents of Children with Extra Needs - successfully developing relationships when caring for complicated kids
Enrollment & Eligibility - who do we serve, what can we handle, how do we decide who enrolls/who stays?
Inclusion models - determining how our organization supports individuals with differences
Risk Management - review current/develop new policies across
"Welcomification" - staff are hired, kids are enrolled - now what? How are we getting them ready to join our community?
Considerations for incorporating Mental Health/Behavioral Support Staff in your program - do you need a behavior specialist?
MESH (Mental/Emotional/Social Health) Supports - for participants, leaders, staff; we can offer LICSW support options as well!
Leadership development - working with leadership teams to implement new strategies and lead well
Transitional support/Mentoring for new directors - support for when there's change in the organization
Building a camp or youth program from the ground up - step-by-step support for your new venture
Financial Aid/Scholarship systems - developing solutions that increase financial accessibility for all participants
Behavior & Behavior Management Policies - clearly delineating & sharing expectations for your participants and program