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Youth MOVE PA provides an array of training and educational opportunities for youth, young adults, and the professionals who work for them across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Youth MOVE PA staff are trained as Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) and/or Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS), giving us the ability to share our lived experience. This allows us to connect with and educate youth, young adults, and professionals on maintaining wellness and recovery, becoming trauma-informed, and incorporating hope, support, education, personal responsibility, and self-advocacy into our personal and professional lives. 

Please Contact Us to make arrangements for these trainings to be made accessible for you or your organization.




Trainings Offered BY Youth MOVE PA:

Certified Recovery Specialist Training

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association and Youth MOVE PA now offer the Certified Recovery Specialist Training!

A credential for individuals with personal, lived experience in their own substance use disorder recovery. By offering insight into the recovery process based on their own experience, recovery specialists are able to provide a unique perspective while providing recovery support services. The CRS is not a sponsor, case manager, or a therapist but rather a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator.

Please contact us at ympa@youthmovepa.org to arrange a training at your location. For further details, visit the Pennsylvania Certification Boards website at Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) | Pennsylvania Certification Board (pacertboard.org)

Peer Generation Youth Empowerment Training

Peer Generation Youth Empowerment Training® is a youth driven and youth developed curriculum that offers an experiential introduction to youth peer support. The training focuses on strategies for resiliency and offers pathways for individuals to get in touch with their unique and authentic selves. Participants will experience an environment that is culturally grounded and focuses on practical ways to be inclusive toward the diversity of all communities and experiences. Individuals will be better equipped to practice peer support in real life situations that could be easily implemented. Personal sharing and mutual learning are at the core of this curriculum. Certificate is provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of youth resiliency
  • Participants will become educated in personalized self-care strategies
  • Participants will increase cultural awareness

Learn More About Peer Generation Youth Empowerment Training

Youth & Young Adult Peer Training

Enhance Your Peer Work Skills with Our 3-Day Workshop.

Join us for this comprehensive workshop designed to improve your knowledge and abilities when working with young adults. Engage in conversations, skill building, and education that focuses on peer empowered story sharing, relationship building, and much more. Certificate is provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of maintaining ethical boundaries while supporting positive change
  • Define youth engagement and application of best practices
  • Identify peer core values and the many facets of wellness
  • Learn potential risks factors and what to do in a crisis/emergency
  • Develop skills to understand wellness tools, the importance of self-care, and actively participate in the recovery process

  • Practice and Skill Building; Relate to your YAYA peer with a 7-minute introduction

      Time: 3-Day Training

      Number of People: 25

      • September 24th, 2024 thru September 26th, 2024-Training will be held at PMHCA Office at 2551 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA from 9 am to 4 pm. Cost is $300 per non-member participant/$270 for members. Register Now!

        WRASeminar 1 (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)

        The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness tool that you can use to get well and stay well. WRAP is for anyone, most age groups, any time, and for any of life’s challenges. WRAP is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Certificate is provided.

        Learning Objectives:

        • Discover your own simple, safe wellness tools
        • Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
        • Identify upsetting events, early warning signs, and signs that things have gotten much worse
        • Understand wellness tools and develop action plans to respond at the proper times
        • Create a crisis plan
        • Create a post-crisis plan

        Time: may vary
        Number of People: 20

        Bullying & Suicide Awareness Training

        While suicide awareness and bullying awareness are two unique topics, research has found that bullying is a significant risk factor for suicide. While these two topics are associated in this training module, it is important to underscore that suicide is a complex behavior that is rarely attributed to one cause. All course attendees should leave this course with an understanding of the following:

        Learning Objectives:

        Part A:  Bullying Awareness

        • Definition of bullying
        • Differentiating cyber bullying from physical/in-person bullying
        • Identify warning signs of bullying: signs of youth who are engaged in bullying, and signs of youth who are being bullied
        • Overview of bullying and its impact on youth mental health and school related outcomes
        • Gain a brief overview of laws and policies related to bullying that may impact school employees
        • Identify resources for youth who are experiencing bullying or engaging in it

        Part B; Suicide Awareness

        • Gain an overview of the pervasive myths, misperceptions, and stigma surrounding suicide
        • Discover how to identify youth who may be at risk of suicide
        • Learn about suicide risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs
        • What to consider when responding to youth who may be at risk of suicide
        • Learn how to refer youth who may be at risk of suicide
        • Gain a brief overview of laws and policies related to suicide awareness that may impact school employees
        • Identify national, state and local crisis resources

            Time: 3 hours

            Number of People: 25


            Bullying and Suicide Prevention Training will be held on September 20th, 2024 from 10 am to 1 pm virtually on zoom. There is no cost associated with this training Register Here!

            Healing A Wounded Soul: An Exploration of Trauma

            Did you ever wonder how trauma can affect your overall well-being? Are you seeking more coping mechanisms to deal with trauma? Join our interactive class to gain knowledge on how trauma impacts the brain and its functions. Furthermore, we will delve into the ACES research on health outcomes and the proactive measures you can take to combat them. Participants will have the opportunity to learn various coping skills, including mindfulness, breathing exercises, and grounding techniques, through interactive activities. We will also discuss self-care strategies and how they can help alleviate the stress of trauma. Certificate is provided.

            Learning Objectives:

            • Gain a basic understanding of the structure of the brain.
            • Discuss how trauma effects the development of the brain. 
            • Understand what trauma is and how it affects everyone differently.
            • Provide information on the ACEs/Philadelphia Study and how it effects health outcomes.
            • Engage in learning exercises to develop coping skills.

              Time: 3 hours

              Number of People: 25


              Healing A Wounded Soul: An Exploration of Trauma will be held on October 8th, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm. There are no fees associated with this training.  Register Here!

              Trauma Sensitive Peer Support: Continuing Our Journey

              As Certified Peer Professionals, we continue our healing and recovery journey every day and this workshop allows for more growth and understanding of trauma, how it applies to us as humans, how we can apply it to our professional life, and why any of that is important. Certificate is provided.

              During this workshop participants will:

              • Practice sharing a personal story in a way that is sensitive to the person receiving the story
              • Practice receiving a person's story that may be difficult to hear in a kind and compassionate manner 
              • understand the importance of body language while having difficult conversations
              • learn how to control body responses and verbal responses that may be harmful 
              • learn how to receive a person's story so it does not become part of vicarious trauma for the peer professional
              Time: 3-day Training or 18-hours

              Number of People: 25

              Trauma for Youth & Young Adults

              Understanding Trauma: A Safe Space for Youth and Young Adults

              Has anyone ever talked to you about trauma? Whether we realize it or not, trauma can affect everyone in some form or another. Often, adults do not discuss trauma with youth, or understand its lasting impact over the course of a lifetime and how to support young adults and children. This training is designed to directly address trauma with youth and young adults and provide a safe and supportive environment to promote open dialogue and discussion. We use plain language to make this complex topic easier to understand, helping to facilitate as much learning as possible. Certificate of attendance is provided.

               

              Learning Objectives:

              • What is trauma?
              • How can unresolved trauma impact you now?
              • How can unresolved trauma impact you as an adult?
              • What can a person do to resolve their trauma?
              • How can you help a friend who may be struggling?

              Time: 2.0 hours

              Number of people: 25


              Against the Backdrop of an Epidemic


              Against the Backdrop of an Epidemic was created to invite conversation and self-exploration into stigma related to substance use disorder. Self-Stigma has prevented many individuals from accessing and even being successful in their recovery. In this workshop, we look to identify those stigmas, break down barriers, and crush self-stigma, giving individuals the tools to access their full potential in their recovery journey. Certificate is provided.

              Learning Objectives:

              • What is stigma?
              • What is self-stigma?
              • How can we change the conversation around stigma related to substance use disorder?

                Time: 3 hours

                Number of People: 25


                • Against the Backdrop of an Epidemic will be held on August 20th, 2024 from 1pm-4pm virtually on zoom. Thanks to a grant from Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, there are no costs associated with this class. Register Here!
                • Against the Backdrop of an Epidemic will be held on November 7th, 2024 from 9 am to 12 pm virtually on zoom. Thanks to a grant from Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, there are no costs associated with this class. Register Here!

                "Our Turn to Talk" Community Conversation


                Teenagers are putting an end to mental health stigma. To do it, they’re telling their own stories – unfiltered – in the documentary film and teen-hosted podcast series OUR TURN TO TALK. From skyrocketing rates of anxiety and depression to the impacts of racism, social media, and the pandemic, their struggles and triumphs carry a powerful message: Storytelling saves lives. In this interactive video screening, participants will critically engage with the stories and themes brought to light in this documentary through hands-on activities and group discussion.

                Learning Objectives:

                • Learn how teens across the country are sharing their stories and speaking out about the youth mental health crisis
                • Define mental health stigma and develop an understanding of its impact
                • Gain knowledge of resources available to support mental wellness

                  Time: 1.5 hours

                  Number of People: 25

                    QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

                    This is a suicide prevention training where the participant learns to recognize warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone to help appropriately. Youth MOVE PA provides this training to professionals and youth as an emergency mental health intervention for suicide. Certificate is provided.

                    Learning Objectives:

                    • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
                    • Know how to offer hope
                    • Know how to get help and save a life

                    Time: 2.5 hours

                    Number of People: 25

                      "I Didn't Die, But..."

                      "I Didn't Die, But..." Video Screening

                      • This video shares the perspective of suicide attempt survivors in an honest, raw, and emotional conversation in an effort to inspire conversation about what works, what doesn't, and what can help those in need.
                      • Preview of the screening: 457393BA-3AAB-4840-9818-371FB806B8F6.mov

                      Community Conversation

                      • During the video screening, we will facilitate a community conversation around suicide prevention that goes beyond counting statistics and encompasses community connections and healing.


                      QPR - "Question, Persuade, Refer"

                      This suicide prevention curriculum can be added to the workshop in order to provide tools for attendees to help prevent suicide.

                      Time: 3.0 hours

                      Trauma Talk Workshop

                        This workshop talks to attendees about what trauma is, how it can affect us throughout our lives, and what we can do about it. This will help participants feel more comfortable talking about their trauma. There is a skill-building portion which is to help attendees feel more confident in using the skills they are taught along with identifying what they already use to help organize their “trauma closet”. Along with the workshop, attendees will receive a participant packet and a bracelet included in the cost. Certificate is provided.

                        Learning Objectives:

                        • Learn about trauma, triggers, trauma responses, superpowers (coping skills), resilience, and post traumatic growth.
                        • A personal trauma story will be presented to help attendees learn about many different types of trauma.
                        • Attendees will learn about their triggers and how to manage them.
                        • The importance of being understanding when someone around you may be triggered.
                        • Help attendees to understand what the Flight, Fight, and Freeze responses are, why they happen, and how to handle them.
                        • This presentation is a different concept than most trauma trainings and we believe this new language focusing around the “trauma closet” will help attendees retain more knowledge on all of the above learning objectives. The concept of the “trauma closet” is a new way of visualizing what we do with our traumatic experiences and how to gain the tools needed to turn your “messy trauma closet” into an “organized trauma closet”.

                        Time: 2.5 hours (virtual) or 3 hours (in person)

                        Number of people:  25


                        Transitioning Into the Adult System | Transitioning & Aging Out

                        Effective Planning for Transitional Age Youth.
                        Planning for transitional age youth should begin long before they reach this stage, and it's important to involve multiple parties and agencies in the process. This can be challenging, but effective communication and collaboration between agencies are essential. Our training program focuses on educating youth about the potential obstacles they may encounter during their transition into the adult system, providing strategies to overcome those obstacles, and encouraging pre-planning to prepare for this complex transition. Certificate is provided.

                        Learning Objectives:

                        • Identify barriers and challenges youth may experience when transitioning into the adult system
                        • Discuss interrelated domains including education, employment, housing, budgeting, and family formation
                        • How to plan ahead for this transition to adulthood

                            Time: 2.0 hours

                            Number of People: 25

                            "Life Through My Lens" Workshop


                            The "Life Through My Lens" Workshop was created to help people see that stigma reduction starts within. If we keep focusing on how others treat us and ignore the negative ways we talk to ourselves, stigma will always win. This workshop is focused on turning the dial toward helping ourselves by not taking that type of treatment from our own internal voice! To change how others see us, we must first change the lens through which we see ourselves | #LIFETHROUGHMYLENS. Certificate is provided.

                            Learning Objectives:

                            • What is stigma?
                            • What is self-stigma?
                            • How can we change the conversation around self-stigma?
                            • Learn about the "Life Through My Lens Campaign"

                                Time: 2 hours

                                Number of People: 25

                                "Stand Against Stigma" Workshop

                                Exploring the "Stand Against Stigma" Workshop.
                                The "Stand Against Stigma" Workshop aims to empower youth and young adults in the fight against stigma. But what exactly is stigma? Learn how to overcome the stigmas that we encounter and discover ways to educate others on how to be more inclusive through their actions and words. Certificate is provided.

                                Learning Objectives:

                                • Learn what “stigma” means
                                • How can stigma be damaging to ourselves?
                                • What can be done to fight the stigmas that exist?
                                • What role do I play in that fight??

                                Time: 3 hours

                                Number of People: 25

                                • Stand Against Stigma Workshop will be held on September 17th, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm virtually on zoom. Thanks to a grant from Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, there are no costs associated with this class. Register Here!
                                • Stand Against Stigma Workshop will be held on November 19th, 2024 from 9 am to 12 pm virtually on zoom. Thanks to a great from Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, there are no costs associated with this class. Register Here!

                                  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

                                  DEI has become a prominent subject of focus for businesses and programs across the country, often targeting hiring practices, company culture, and political policy… but what does it mean? In this interactive training, we forget the politics and break down the fundamentals of DEI. Participants will learn what DEI means, how it can positively impact our society, where Implicit Bias fits in, and most importantly: how true DEI is more than an initiative – It’s a mindset! Certificate is provided.

                                  Learning Objectives:

                                  • Develop a basic understanding of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
                                  • Identify how the "DEI Mindset" can improve our society and ability to connect with others
                                  • Define, recognize, and begin to heal from Implicit Bias
                                  • Find opportunities by busting down DEI barriers together
                                  • Discover how to have the conversation and change the world!

                                  Time: 3.0 hours

                                  Number of People: 25

                                  Social Media & It's Connection to Mental Health

                                  Youth MOVE PA's Social Media Training: Promoting Positive Mental Health
                                  Youth, young adults, and professionals can benefit from our Social Media training to become more aware of how social media can impact mental health. Our course teaches participants how to practice social media wellness, offers tips to manage excessive social media use, and identifies resources that can help reduce mental health conditions/risk factors. Certificate is provided.

                                  Learning Objectives:

                                  • Learn statistics related to the impact of excessive social media use
                                  • Discuss mental health conditions/risk factors tied to social media use
                                  • Explore tips & resources for teens and children related to excessive social media use
                                  • Learn how to make a positive impact on social media

                                    Time: 2.0 hours

                                    Number of People: 25


                                    Social Media & Its Connection to Mental Health will be held on December 9th, 2024 from 1 pm to 3 pm virtually on zoom. There are no costs associated with this class. Register Here.

                                    Youth Engagement for Professionals

                                    Youth MOVE PA's youth engagement training offers a chance for participants to explore effective methods for attaining and retaining youth participants, enhance relationship-building skills with young individuals, and grasp the concept of empowering youth through the ladder of youth engagement framework. Attendees will also discover ways to establish leadership roles within their organizations and acknowledge the importance of youth engagement for both young individuals and communities.

                                    Learning Objectives:

                                      • Explore best practices for youth recruitment and retention
                                      • Practice effective relationship building with youth and young adults
                                      • Learn how to empower youth by utilizing the Ladder of youth engagement framework
                                      • Identify strategies to develop leadership opportunities in your organization
                                      • Discover the value of youth engagement for youth and communities

                                      Time: 2.0 hours

                                      Number of People: 25


                                      Youth Engagement for Professional will be held on November 13th, 2024 from 1 pm to 3 pm virtually on zoom. There is no fee associated with this training. Register Here!

                                      Effective Communication: A Comprehensive Guide to Being Heard

                                      Bolster Your Communication Skills with This Training for Young Adults.

                                      If you're looking to become a better communicator, this training is specifically tailored for young people. Effective communication helps us avoid misunderstandings, forge connections, and reach personal and professional objectives. This interactive training lets you interact with other young people and practice honing your communication and active listening abilities. Additionally, the workshop covers proper etiquette, its significance, and how young adults can follow it.

                                      Learning Objectives:

                                        • Understand the different types of communication
                                        • Learn tips to communicate effectively
                                        • Outline etiquette in different social settings
                                        • Practice communicating with peers

                                        Time: 2.0 hours

                                        Number of People: 25


                                        April 17th, 2024 thru April 19th, 2024- Training will now be held VIRTUALLY  from 9 am to 4 pm. Cost is $300 per non-member participant/ $270 for members.  Register Now!

                                        Webinars:

                                        Is it Substance Abuse,

                                        Is it Mental health, Is it both?

                                        Speakers are Kevin Puskaric and Jamal Ford

                                        Recorded on Thursday, May 25th, 2023


                                        Understanding Co-occurring, where it begins, and how it grows.

                                        • When a mental health issue exists, whether diagnosed or not, we will learn how we are at risk of substance addiction.
                                        • And why a substance abuse addiction can trigger a mental health issue.
                                        • Often youth using drugs and alcohol are too young to understand or believe they are at risk of addiction.
                                        • Remember, there is no getting off this road once you have gone down it. You may be able to control your addiction/mental health issue, but it will always be with you, waiting for an opportunity to knock you off the wellness wagon.

                                        Handout of webinar resources.

                                        Watch the webinar: Is it Substance Abuse, Is It Mental Health or Is It Both? | PA Care Partnership




                                        Youth Peer Support Implementation:
                                        Ideas for Schools & Systems of Care

                                        Speakers are Kevin Puskaric and Chris Lunsford

                                        Watch the Webinar

                                        When it comes to youth peer support, there needs to be clearer pathways that increase access to these services. We at Youth MOVE PA are striving to make these services more readily available throughout our state. We also believe that training and education are crucial steps to ensuring that Pennsylvania’s Youth have an opportunity to learn about Peer Support as a career pathway and to embrace resiliency and empowerment in their own lives. To address this statewide need, The Copeland Center and Youth MOVE PA have joined together in bringing a new training model to schools and communities throughout the Commonwealth. The Peer Generation Youth Empowerment Training model focuses on strategies for resiliency and offers pathways for individuals to get in touch with their unique and authentic selves. Participants experience an environment that is culturally grounded and focuses on practical ways to be inclusive toward the diversity of all communities and experiences. Individuals will also become better equipped to practice peer support in real life situations that could be easily implemented at school, home, or in their community.

                                        Learning Objectives:

                                        • Explore definitions, evidence for and values of peer support
                                        • Identify the need for youth peer support and national recommendations
                                        • Learn about models for peer support within school settings

                                        Youth MOVE PA

                                        ympa@youthmovepa.org

                                        2551 Walnut Street

                                        Harrisburg, PA 17103

                                        Office Phone:  717.221.1022

                                          
                                          




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