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The Welcome Table: Supporting SEL with Facilitated Play

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  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Monday, December 20, 2021
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • 100% approval rating
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $124 for individuals or $300 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Your Training Description

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is fundamental to helping young people develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to succeed in life. Self-awareness, emotional regulation, empathy, and the ability to form supportive relationships are the aim of SEL. But there are aspects to typical child development that make common direct instruction methods counterproductive.

That’s why adults would help themselves and the young people they work with by using play as the tool to deliver those same SEL goals. When we play, we are engaging the whole brain, the intellectual and emotional parts. And while we do that, we form trusting relationships with the young people we work with. Those relationships yield dividends.

In this training, you will build on your understanding of youth development, focusing on the importance of social and emotional skills. You’ll learn strategies to create SEL opportunities in any type of programming. And you’ll be strengthening your own ability to teach and model positive social and emotional skills. You may also have some fun along the way, so come and play!

Your Learning Objectives

  • Identify three aspects of child and youth development that impede social and emotional development
  • Recognize what happens in the brain and the body during a stress response and how that affects SEL
  • Learn coaching strategies to interrupt the stress response, reverse self-destructive mindsets, and cultivate positive socialization skills
  • Discover games you can use to support social and emotional skill-building
  • Learn how to teach and model behaviors that enhance positive relationships

Your Trainer

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Ed Steinhauer has been a teacher and educator for over twenty years. He holds a Master’s degree in Education from the College of St. Catherine and has been a professional in the field of Out of School Time care since 2009. He currently serves as a Group Leader for St. Paul Schools Discovery Club. As a youth worker, he most enjoys the buzz that comes from a program space where children are engaged in collaborative play. He takes a coaching approach to his work. A student once reported, “Mr. Ed can solve all kinds of problems without being mean.” In 2020, he was inducted into YIPA’s Youth Worker Hall of Fame for winning a Friends of Youth Leadership award.

Your Competency Focus Area

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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.

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Monday, December 20, 2021
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • 100% approval rating
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $124 for individuals or $300 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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