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!):

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TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE IN PROGRAMS

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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

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A primer on mental health challenges and how to help, utilizing a 5-step, simple, straightforward support model

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE & CIRCLES

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Making a change from traditional behavior management techniques to youth-inclusive fixes which give both sides an equal voice

RESPONDING TO CHALLENGING LANGUAGE

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The art of responding - rather than reacting - when things get intense. Strategies for appropriately handling aggressive language

DECODING BEHAVIORS

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Getting to the root of what we're seeing kids do (the "why" behind their actions and behaviors)

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT

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Strategies for managing challenging behaviors well,
from basic through advanced

SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

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Helping kids with lagging social ability participate successfully and build social competence

STRUCTURE & TRANSITION

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Making the program day accessible, friendly and
engaging for all participants

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INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR PLANS

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Developing situational supports and positive, proactive interventions for participants

REPLACING "TIME-OUTS" WITH "TIME-INS"

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Innovative ways to manage having participants "take a break," think through actions, and make amends

AUTISM 101 & TECHNIQUES/TIPS

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Understanding ASD and how to help individuals with ASD participate joyfully and successfully

DEESCALATING SERIOUS SITUATIONS

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Keeping staff and participants safe with verbal de-escalation strategies & situational awareness techniques

RESPONDING TO & DEBRIEFING DISCLOSURES

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Supporting kids, staff and families when participants share private and personal information

SENSORY-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENTS

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Creating physical spaces and structural set-ups that support participants with extra needs

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SOCIAL/RELATIONAL AGGRESSION

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(A.K.A. "Mean Girls," Bullying and Exclusion) Reducing bullying, clique culture, and divisiveness

RISK MANAGEMENT

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Looking at site, services, personnel and operations from a perspective of safety and risk mitigation

WORKING WITH PARENTS

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Setting front-line staff up to engage professionally and appropriately with parents/guardians/caretakers

SUCCESSFUL GROUP MANAGEMENT

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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

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Understanding stress, triggers, and burn-out, and managing them proactively to stay healthy  

TRAINING TRAINERS

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Getting leadership staff ready to teach and lead effective staff training/orientation sessions 

DON'T SEE WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

No worries. I'm able to create custom content for a wide variety of topics and needs. Send me an email and let me know how I can help you!  

CONSULTING

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

 
MENTAL HEALTH TRAININGS & CERTIFICATION