A new wave of brain science has created revelatory understandings of precisely what young people need developmentally to succeed. We always knew youth develop their own behaviors largely in response to the behaviors of the adults around them – not just parents, but youth workers, teachers, police officers, and neighbors, too. Now we understand why, and exactly which adult behaviors help and which slow down optimal development. Our training isn’t about guesswork, pie-in-the-sky thinking, or ideology. It’s about science and what we know to be true. We teach easy-to-implement, easy-to-transfer skills based in human biology and behavior.
YOUNG PEOPLE DEVELOP THEIR OWN
BEHAVIORS LARGELY IN RESPONSE TO THE
BEHAVIORS OF ADULTS AROUND THEM. NOW
WE UNDERSTAND WHY, AND EXACTLY WHICH
ADULT BEHAVIORS HELP AND WHICH SLOW DOWN
Unfortunately, though, professionals who work directly with young people every day are sometimes the last to benefit from new knowledge or learn the new skills necessary to put that knowledge to practical use. This ‘research-to-practice’ gap is a well-known problem in many fields, but the well-being of young people is vitally importantly — and they can’t wait.
That’s why we exist. While diverse in our interests and specialties, every member of our collaborative is deeply immersed in the same core brain-based approaches, and we co-design trainings for both practitioners and trainers, remotely or in-person.
All of the Youth and Families Thrive trainings are offered through the Academy in collaboration with Youth in Focus.
Youth in Focus offers training content rooted in the latest research and best practice methods to bring high-quality instruction to professionals and community members alike. Our events, whether in-person or virtual, are highly interactive and provide practical strategies and tools to improve relationships and supports to young people. Meet our trainers.
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