Mirroring and Modeling Social Emotional Well-being for Youth


Art by Minnesota Teacher and Artist: Jinjer Markley

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Beautiful training with lots of information."

"Heard all the SEL 'stuff' before but this was presented in a unique and personal way."

"Jen was wonderful, I loved her interaction and positive perspective!"

Your Training Description

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) says, “social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Explore a research-based four step process, the Infinite Well-Being ModelTM. You’ll leave with a toolkit of practices to help you and the young people you serve build resiliency and mindfulness to better handle stresses in the moment.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Enhance your personal social emotional learning (SEL) skills to deepen self-awareness, emotional resilience, and social awareness
  • Learn how modeling your social and emotional well-being supports “mirror neurons” that help youth regulate their minds and relax their body’s reaction to toxic stress
  • Explore SEL strategies to help youth understand the connections between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Gain strategies you can use to continually stoke your mental and emotional health for resiliency and well-being

Your Trainer


Dr. Jennifer Clifden is the creator of Present Teacher TrainingTM and founder of Present Well-Being LLC. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan and her MA in Socio-Cultural Foundations and Educational Thought from Western Michigan University. Jennifer also holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development with a focus on elementary education, curriculum and instruction, and teacher development.

She currently teaches at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education and Human Development and researches stress-resilience and the process for human service professionals to “burn in” to heart-centered healing professions.

Jennifer’s 23 years of collective experience as a public school teacher, university educator, well-being researcher, mindfulness and yoga teacher, and mother of a 7th grader and twin 6th graders serve to help human service professionals stoke their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

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: MENTAL HEALTH BASICS.

Build your understanding of prevalent mental health issues among youth today, learn how to connect youth with appropriate mental health resources, and practice good self-care strategies.

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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.