A Model for Collaborative Engagement with Young People

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, September 14, 2022
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Great presenter with such wonderful personal examples."

"Really appreciate all the tidbits of wisdom Adam shared about framing my mindset while working with youth."

"Good pace with clarity and patience. I enjoyed that he used some humor and real life experiences/scenarios that are quite relatable to help me better understand his presentation."

Your Training Description

Being an adult in a young person’s life is an awesome responsibility and a rewarding experience. It can also be difficult, especially when young people act out or behave in challenging ways. Your task is to honor young people having agency over their beliefs, feelings, bodies, relationships, words, and goals. The Democratic Youth Engagement (DYE) model encourages adults working with young people to step beyond a “fix the kid” approach. This training will give you space to explore the values and virtues of democratically engaging with young people.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn the values and virtue of democratically engaging with young people
  • Explore creative collaboration approaches for working with young people
  • Strengthen your capacity to model healthy adult behavior for young people

Your Trainer


Adam Arnold, MA, LMFT, LADC, is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in St. Paul, MN. He is the developer of The Democratic Youth Engagement (DYE) Model. 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: THE FIELD OF YOUTH WORK.

Expand your professional acumen to understand the reach and importance of your role, serve as an effective advocate for youth, and pursue ongoing professional development.

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