An Inside-Out Approach to Navigating Youth Trauma

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • 100% approval rating
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Learners' Own Words

"I think anyone working with youth should watch this training."

"Wendy's style of speaking reiterated the message and importance of being present, genuine, and self-aware that is so important in working with youth with trauma."

"This was a quality training. I feel like I learned a lot both about how to take care of myself when I'm interacting with youth as well as helping the youth themselves."

Your Training Description

Gain strategies to support young people who are learning how to trust and find safety in everyday life, when safety risks are a reality for them. Improve your ability to communicate safety by maintaining your own regulation. Recognize how self-care strategies are vital to being more present to youth that have experienced trauma. This training will give you tools, deepen your understanding, and build your capacity to support young people who are experiencing and trying to navigate a profoundly intense world.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn to support healing in young people by understanding how trauma impacts the body and the brain
  • Explore effective strategies for attending to hyperarousal and intense emotions
  • Learn how to be present and conscious of your thinking so you can attend to young people more effectively
  • Understand the importance of self-care when working with young people to optimize your ability to be flexible and adaptable

Your Trainer


Wendy Lorenz-Walraven is a clinical social worker and the Director of Equity and Diversity for Minnesota Transitions Charter School. She currently trains educators in Trauma Informed Practice, Restorative Practice and Culturally Proficient School Systems. Whether providing in-home therapy for children and families or supporting students and staff, creating a safe space and genuine connection for healing from traumatic experiences follows a similar process. While her approach is rooted in social work and her profound dedication for attending to social justice, the key concepts she shares in this training can be utilized by any person, in any context. Her hope is to provide some tools, deepen understanding and build capacity for supporting young people who are experiencing and trying to navigate a profoundly intense world.

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: BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION.

Adopt a mindset and perspective to understand the connection between emotions and behaviors, effectively model managing your own emotions as you teach youth to manage theirs, and diffuse dysregulated behavior and help youth re-regulate.

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