Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

How to help young people overcome the obstacles that interrupt long-term growth

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Friday, January 6, 2017
  • 2.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Overall a phenomenal training on self-sabotaging behaviors that seemed to offer a lot of hope. The trainer gave a very enlightening, empowering way of working with youth that was understandable and relatable."

"Excellent stories and examples to support the materials."

"I learned a lot of new skills and will be able to implement them into my daily work."

Your Training Description

Self-sabotaging behaviors are often a normal part of change and youth workers need to know how to appropriately respond. This is often a phase in the growth process and likely a time young people need support the most. There are strategies we can use to effectively help youth at this critical juncture in their lives. You’ll gain an understanding of the cycle of self-sabotaging behaviors. You’ll learn practical approaches that will prepare you to effectively support youth as they are working on changing behaviors.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Understand the cycle of self-sabotaging behaviors and how behavior regression is sometimes a normal part of change
  • Identify strategies that help youth become aware of the process of change
  • Learn practical methods for helping youth develop the 5 critical building blocks for avoiding self-sabotaging behavior, as well as how to direct the behavior changes they want to retain, modify or disregard

Your Trainer

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David Wilmes has over 30 years of experience in the field of early intervention with youth whose behavior puts them at risk for being criminalized, pathologized or ostracized from the critical community-based resources that promote healthy youth development.  Over that time period, he has authored numerous books, papers, curricula, and evaluation tools used by a wide range of professionals, parents, and other adults to help them increase their capacity to engage youth with challenging behaviors.

While Mr. Wilmes consults with and has worked with many treatment and correctional facilities, his most fundamental belief is that real growth and resilience primarily happens in the community and usually within the context of family, neighborhood, and school.  Therefore, in the past decade he spends most of his professional energy working with schools, libraries, recreation centers, police departments, community activists/volunteers, tutoring and mentoring groups, and other community groups.

Mr. Wilmes received his undergraduate degree from Metro State University, and received his Master of Arts degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS.

Develop life-saving skills to identify the warning signs of unhealthy and risky behavior, understand risky behaviors based on a knowledge of adolescent brain development, and know when to report and refer.

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This training will count as 2.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.