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Child and Youth Care Training


The Professional Child/Youth Worker:



                                                    Introduction to Effective Child and Youth Care Work












Beginning and Advanced Skills
Using a Restorative Practice Framework



This 3-day training for new and senior direct care staff working in group homes,

juvenile justice and residential care settings.


Training focuses on the use of the developmental-ecological strength based perspective........
.............that emphasizes the interaction between two persons.







Certificate Training Program for Child and Youth Workers


New England Training Associates is committed to the Direct Care Worker Training Program. This core training is for all child and youth workers in residential, day treatment and community programs. Even though many states do not have complete certification requirements for direct care workers, this training aligns with national standards of child and youth care best practice models. 


It is well known that youth workers, who spend the most direct care time with children and youth, are usually the least trained staff in the hierarchy of social service professionals. Yet these staff are usually the most difficult to get to training because they are always with the kids. With direct care staff taking on increased responsibilities (as agencies try to provide more with less), this training is essential.


Effective Child and Youth Care Work is core training for new and seasoned youth workers. This training augments and complements all agency in-house training. New England Training Associates relies on many texts and proven strategies to equip staff for the most difficult operations and clientele cases. Most agencies and staff are committed to providing the best services for their youth and families and this training attempts to get everyone “in the boat rowing in the same direction” for best outcomes.


Training Outline




 Day 1          Child and Youth Care Profession  

                     History of Foster Care and Care 

                     Cultural Perspectives

                     Child Abuse

                     Child Protection

                     Supervising Youth

                     Youth at Risk

                     Terms of Engagement

                      Maladaptive Behavior

                      Creating Structure

                      Daily Routines

                      Structure vs. Restrictiveness

                      Rights of Passage

                      Social Learning Theory

                      Milieu Therapy



Day 2           Trauma Theory                                          

                     Sexually Aggressive Youth 

                     Life Skills


                     Agency Roles




Day 3           Relationships                          

                      Attachment Theory

                      Behavior Management

                      Positive Peer Culture

                      Boundary Blues

                      Ethics / Moral Development

                      Cultural Diversity

                      Sexual Harassment

                      Culture of Care

                      Manipulation in All its Forms

                      The Limit Setting Process

                      Transitions - Counseling

                      The Life Space and Interview



Day 4

Optional:   First Aid / CPR / Bloodborne Pathogens (1/2 day)





To offer a base of knowledge, theory, skills and intervention models in order to equip staff to  effectively care and provide milieu treatment to those in care.







Direct care staff needs the resources and skills to provide a nurturing, structured environment. These care workers, who spend the most time with children and youth, are the primary life space agent for change. They will respond to all the crises and demanding situations and need to be well prepared. Providing care, treatment and education to troubled children and youth in the milieu is a strategically planned process that achieves the mission and goals of the agency.





Universal Strategy:


It is understood that most agencies have their unique  philosophy and in-house training agenda. Effective Child and Youth Care Work bases training on best national standards as promoted by the association of Child and Youth Caring Professionals (ACYCP). The professional care worker needs the common body of knowledge that has proven itself through universal practices across many diverse settings.






Connecting with youth, family and community.

Troubled Chidren and Youth
Professional Child and Youth Practitioner
Child and Youth Care Worker
Child and Youth Direct Care Workers
Direct Care Worker
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