The Training

The full Youth Thrive training is designed to take place over three days (or four days for those who wish to train others), but may also be taught by module, either singly or in combination. Learn more by reading our Youth Thrive Overview and FAQs.

Training Structure
The regular Youth Thrive training takes 18 hours, broken up into three six-hour days. When split into modules, each module takes up to four hours. Modules are described below and each includes several interactive exercises.

• Overview of Youth Thrive
• The premises that underlie the work
• Assessment of our own beliefs, attitudes and biases related to young people, and to the emerging science on brain development, trauma and resilience

Module One: Understanding Adolescent Development
1. Issues facing typical adolescents
2. Adolescent brain development
3. How trauma impacts the brain
4. Interventions that support optimal brain development
5. How to incorporate the new brain science into your work with young people

Module Two: Social Connections
1. Quality and variety of relationships and how they support developmental and human needs
2. How social connections typically develop for young people, and how this process is different for those who have experienced early trauma or come from challenging backgrounds
3. How adults can support healthy connections
4. Assessment of our own work with young people, and how that does or does not support social connections

Module Three: Cognitive and Social-Emotional Competency
1. The science on executive brain functioning, including cognitive flexibility, future orientation, cognitive and emotional self-regulation, planning and working memory
2. How adolescents develop increasing self-awareness, and its importance to helping them meet current needs
3. The growth of self-concept, self-esteem, self-efficacy, self-compassion and self-improvement in youth, and how adults can support these dimensions
4. The characteristics of interventions that promote cognitive and social-emotional competence, and opportunities for using interventions with young people

Module Four: Concrete Support in Times of Need
1. How services for young people in acute need must preserve their dignity and provide opportunities for skill development, including skills in self-advocacy
2. Barriers of all kinds that young people experience when trying to access supports, and how our helping systems may actually discourage young people from seeking help
3. How adults can increase the willingness of young people to reach out for help
4. How self-advocacy is essential for a healthy transition to adulthood

Module Five: Promoting Youth Resilience
1. How youth response to stressors is more important than the stressors themselves in determining well-being
2. Understanding resiliency and how resiliency supports healthy development and well-being
3. Personal characteristics that support the development of resilience
4. Strategies to promote resiliency in young people
5. Assessment of how we each promote or don’t promote youth resilience in our interactions with young people

1. Connecting the dots: What does this new learning mean for you and your work with young people?
2. Creating a customized plan for putting the training into action

Training Cost
Costs for the regular three-day training are listed below, and include a workbook and Certificate of Completion for 18 hours toward Child and Youth Care Certification.* Short presentations and conference workshops about Youth Thrive are negotiated upon request.

Group Rate:
$350 per person for groups of 10 to 20 people
$325 per person for groups of 21 to 30 people
Additional expenses include travel/accommodations and per diem for two trainers.
Training facility and meals to be provided by sponsor.

Individual Rate:

By completing the Youth Thrive training, you are advancing your knowledge of positive youth development, resiliency, and the concepts of Youth Thrive. You will also be earning credits toward requirements for the entry and associate level Child and Youth Care (CYC) certification, administered by the CYC Certification Institute, and the professional level Child and Youth Care Professional (CYC-P) certification administered by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board.  You will earn Child and Youth Care Certification CEUs in Applied Human Development, Cultural and Human Diversity, Developmental Practice Methods, and the Relationship and Communication domains of the Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners (Revised 2010), the competencies upon which the CYC certifications are based.

For more information about Youth Thrive, or to schedule a training event on the framework, please contact:

Donna Duffey
Email us at donna@bolstercollaborative.com!


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