The Trials and Tribulations of Adolescence

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Monday, December 19, 2016
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Very helpful information. I took away lots of new tools."

"Great conversation, learned a lot."

"Enjoyed the conversational aspect of the training, made it easier to focus and learn."

Your Training Description

An adolescent’s development task is to establish a sense of identity regarding who they are and where they fit into society. As a youth worker, your task is to understand how to help youth become fully developed adults. Using a conversational format, this training will explore the trials and tribulations associated with adolescence and helps you gain a better understanding of this crucial developmental stage. Upon completion, you will be better equipped to guide young people into adulthood.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Understand the developmental milestones for adolescents
  • Explore how some societal problems are tied to unmet developmental stages of adolescence
  • Consider ways in which the age range of adolescence is expanding
  • Develop a broad understanding of how to help adolescents develop into adulthood

Your Trainer

Image of David Wilmes

David Wilmes has over 30 years of experience in the field of early intervention with youth whose behavior puts them at risk for being criminalized, pathologized or ostracized from the critical community-based resources that promote healthy youth development.  Over that time period, he has authored numerous books, papers, curricula, and evaluation tools used by a wide range of professionals, parents, and other adults to help them increase their capacity to engage youth with challenging behaviors.

While Mr. Wilmes consults with and has worked with many treatment and correctional facilities, his most fundamental belief is that real growth and resilience primarily happens in the community and usually within the context of family, neighborhood, and school.  Therefore, in the past decade he spends most of his professional energy working with schools, libraries, recreation centers, police departments, community activists/volunteers, tutoring and mentoring groups, and other community groups.

Mr. Wilmes received his undergraduate degree from Metro State University, and received his Master of Arts degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN.

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: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.

Strengthen your commitment to implement positive youth development strategies, understand development channels, and support youth through developmental changes.

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This training will count as 1 CE hour 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.