The Power of Relationships in Youth Work

  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"I feel like this gives me a stronger ability to serve the youth clients I work with."

"This training had a lot of eye openers for me. I want the youth I serve to know that I am not coming from a parental stance, but one of care, empathy, and understanding, and treating them with respect."

"Very real and affirmative of my experience with youth work."

Your Training Description

Establishing trusting relationships is essential in youth work. You need to keep the purpose of your relationships in mind. By building transparency, boundaries, and a sense of ethics into your relationships from the start, you can harness the power of relationships in youth work. Through self-reflection and practice, anyone can become more skilled at building relationships. Learn what makes relationships thrive in youth work, including building your character, maintaining congruency, a sense of trust, and appropriate self-disclosure.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate the power of relationships in your work with young people
  • Learn the importance of congruency in your work and why young people can spot it
  • Understand how to build and communicate trust in your relationships
  • Know about the positive and negative effects of self-disclosure

Your Trainer

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James Keenan, MS, LP is the founder and executive director of Power of Relationships (POR), a mental health agency that has been providing quality emotional wellness services since 1996. He started POR with the belief that things in life are better when done with the support of powerful relationships and all people desire and deserve them in their lives. James has been working in mental health for 28 years and has been a licensed psychologist for the past 24 years.

James believes that all of us are seeking our best self and we all want to have happiness as our predominate state of being. He describes himself as a solution focused therapist who assists others through relationships to gain a sense of self-control in their lives. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, he knows the long-lasting impacts that trauma can have on a person and the importance of relationships to heal them. James feels honored by those individuals who have allowed him to be a part of their healing.

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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