Design Thinking for Dynamic Youth Work

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • 2 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Great training both in terms of content and presenter's knowledge of subject."

"Awesome tools and information to help me improve myself as a youth worker and for my personal life."

"This training was STELLAR! Sincerely, what great quality, engagement, and teaching. Excellent presenter and great teacher. Truly in the spirit of meaningful youth work."

Your Training Description

Design thinking is a process that broadens your perspective and helps you create better solutions no matter the type of problem. By incorporating design thinking into your youth work, you’ll be able to explore new alternatives and create options for your young people. This process leads to greater collaboration and solutions that recognize the needs, context, and culture of everyone involved, encouraging youth to be open-minded and try new things. Learn how to communicate with youth in ways that promote intrinsic motivation.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn the benefits of bringing the elements of design thinking to your youth work
  • Practice specific engagement and communication strategies that promote intrinsic motivation in youth
  • Apply design thinking strategies to reframe your work with youth and to challenge assumptions
  • Explore how reframing the way you do your work can be a form of self-care

Your Trainer

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Miriam Itzkowitz is the Director of Trauma-Informed Care for the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In her role she develops and implements trauma-informed education and programming for the child welfare system. She also serves as the social work supervisor in the Child Protection Clinic, working with graduate social work students to link theory and practice and to serve the clients represented in the Child Protection Clinic. Miriam has clinical experience counseling adults and adolescents in clinical, home, and school settings. In her private practice, Miriam uses an eclectic approach to individual, couples, and group therapy, incorporating cognitive, creative, and holistic techniques to assist clients in sustaining authentic identities, coping with difficulties, and overcoming trauma. Miriam is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work. She received her BA from Grinnell College and her MSW from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

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: COMMUNICATIONS.

Gain communication flexibility which allows you to develop healthy, productive work relationships, engage in collaborative problem solving with youth, and improve individual and group facilitation.

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