Great training communicates new information, but more importantly, it is a transformational experience. Academy courses are designed to engage adults in meaningful experiences that encourage a rethinking of current ideas based on new research and best practice trends. Practitioners leave our courses with new ideas and specific skills with which to translate ideas into action.

The Academy offers courses that build from entry level to advanced skills based on CYC Certification competencies and requirements used in all practice settings. We teach core principles that are present across the field of youth services. Our students use their training hours to qualify for national and international CYC certification. The Academy is the most widely used source of professional development for certified CYCs in the United States.

We update our courses frequently so that we remain on the leading edge. We want our graduates to be the best-prepared practitioners in the field.

becomeatrainerThe Academy offers a variety of live youth worker courses that are:

  • strengths-based
  • asset focused
  • trauma informed
  • brain-based
  • diversity inclusive
  • relational
  • evidence-informed
  • based on CYC Certification competencies and requirements

All classes are competency-based and designed using an experiential format that supports adult learning.

For more information on presentation format and cost, contact the Academy Office.

Child & Youth Care: Foundations Course

The most widely used curriculum to prepare staff for CYC Certification. Learn valuable concepts and new skills based on leading-edge research and best practices relevant across the entire field of child and youth care services.


Training as an Avenue for Organizational Change: Transfer of Training and Adult Learning

Human services research shows that the effectiveness of staff training can be significantly increased when implemented as part of an overall organizational change effort.  Helping supervisors and managers develop plans for supporting staff learning before, during, and following training is key to increasing the impact of training on organization services and outcomes. This training will…


The Meaningful Use of Daily Life Events

This course explores the use of everyday life events, as they are occurring, for healing and learning purposes. It provides a framework for supporting others in moving to a place of less pain and trouble – or simply toward the next step in their development. The use of everyday life events for therapeutic purposes is…