The Ethical Youth Worker

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, October 26, 2023
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Very knowledgeable facilitator."

"Really appreciated learning about boundaries and self-disclosure."

"It was great to have small case studies."

Your Training Description

The best way to prevent unintentional harm is to prepare in advance for the unexpected ethical situations that typically arise. By learning about ethical approaches, you’ll strengthen your decision-making skills and decrease the likelihood of mistakes. Topics like self-disclosure, confidentiality, consent, and cultural competencies will be explored. You’ll examine various ethical scenarios and consider if there’s a right or wrong way to handle those situations. Engaging with young people ethically will lead to better outcomes for them and for you.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn about various laws and statutes youth workers should be aware of that impact young people in the United States
  • Explore a variety of ethical scenarios you may experience in your youth work
  • Stimulate your capacity to think ethically when working with young people
  • Strengthen your ability to engage with young people in ethical ways

Your Trainer


Adam Arnold, MA, LMFT, LADC, is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in St. Paul, MN. Adam works clinically with adolescents and children as well as survivors of spiritual abuse. He has worked professionally in school settings, summer camps, after school programs, arts organizations, athletic settings, day treatment centers, correctional facilities, and residential treatment centers.

Combining his passions for healing and the arts, Adam founded and served as Artistic Director of Blank Slate Theatre, a personal growth-oriented theatre for adolescents in Minnesota. In collaboration with culturally and ability diverse adolescents, he produced over two dozen theatre pieces on themes of mental health and social change including the award-winning DISORDERED [thy name is teenager] and BOTTOM, a play on child sex trafficking.

Adam also served as chair of the "Safe Schools, Safe Students Conference" addressing mental health issues in schools, innovative family involvement with schools, peer aggression (bullying), and school shootings. Adam enjoys watching scary movies, listening to nerdy podcasts, and strengthening his broken spine.

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: ETHICS.

Reinforce your responsibility to adhere to guidelines for professional behavior, role model self-management, and set and maintain healthy boundaries.

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This training will count as 1.5 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.