Confronting Ableism in Youth Work to Empower Youth with Disabilities

  • Live Online Training
  • Thursday, June 27, 2024
  • 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Your Training Description

This training focuses on working with youth with disabilities, including a discussion on identity-first vs. person-first language, a description of ableism and how it shows up in social services at multiple levels, and a history of oppressive practices. You will also explore a more empowering approach to working with youth with disabilities than traditional services have provided. You will gain several strategies to improve accessibility and inclusion of youth with disabilities in your programs.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Recognize ableism in past and current social service practice
  • Differentiate between oppressive practices and empowerment practices
  • Identify strategies to increase accessibility and inclusion for youth of all abilities in your programming

Your Trainer


Sharyn DeZelar (she/her), PhD, MSW, LICSW, joined the St. Catherine University faculty in fall 2019 as a full-time Assistant Professor. Sharyn earned a PhD in Social Work in 2018 from the University of MN (Twin Cities) along with a certificate in Disability Policy and Services. She earned her MSW in 2006 from St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, and her BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998. Sharyn’s social work practice experience includes a variety of practice settings and populations, with more notable experience in mental health, working with youth in foster care, and supporting families with disabilities. Sharyn’s research focus is largely related to disabilities and its intersection with family support, parenting, poverty, child welfare, and higher education. 

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: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

You'll raise your awareness to appreciate diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

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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.