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Are you “Ask-able”? How to Have Difficult Conversations with Youth
4-21-21 8:30 am - 12:00pm
We’ve often heard it said, “Knowledge is power.” Taking that knowledge and applying it to healthy decision making is even more powerful. The challenge has always been, “How do we get youth to listen?” With access to so much confusing information via the internet, media, and peers, how do we [adults] connect with youth in a way that is meaningful to their decision-making process. This training will discuss developmental stages linked to learning and give us ways to create trusted relationships so that knowledge can be passed on and acted on. A panel of youth will provide their perspective on the topic. The topics that we will explore are: substance use, internet use, sexuality, and mental health.
Participants will be introduced to strategies that will aid in increasing engagement of youth in the learning process.
Participants will increase their understanding of the connection between developmental stages and learning styles.
Participants will engage in discussion on how to create a sense of felt safety for youth in the learning environment.


Trainer: Colleen Mercuri-Johnson, MSW, LISW-S is the founder of Hope Tree Consulting LLC. She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies for the Child Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. An experienced trainer and mental health therapist, Colleen has worked in the area of sexuality education and sexual abuse prevention with vulnerable populations. She also specializes in working with individuals with complex trauma histories, as well as providing consultation to the systems and teams that support them. She speaks on co-occurring mental health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, treatment for problematic sexual behaviors, the impact of trauma and the healing power of connection, sexuality and healthy relationship development across the lifespan.

Apr 21, 2021 08:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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