FREE 2-Day HRAP Training Workshop
March 22 and 23, 2017
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM both days
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This intensive 2-day workshop sponsored by the Maine Department of Education and New Beginnings was developed to address the specific needs of youth who are in high risk situations. It will help alternative educators, staff of shelters and group homes, substance abuse counselors, mental health personnel, outreach workers, and others who work with high-risk young people. The HRAP training is designed to help these youth workers to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to effectively address a variety of challenging issues that come up when working with vulnerable youth clients.
Motivating youth to assess and reduce their risks is challenging work. Adults need to feel comfortable talking honestly with youth about sensitive issues such as alcohol and drug use, a wide range of sexual behaviors, and attitudes and beliefs around sexual orientation. With adolescent pregnancy, increasing substance use, and HIV infection still happening in Maine – plus sexually transmitted infections (STIs) highest among 15-24 year olds – prevention strategies are more important now than ever!
HRAP goes far beyond “the facts.” This intensive workshop meets the specific needs of youth in high-risk situations. It is very interactive and emphasizes practicing skills through role plays. Information and skills which are taught during this training include:
- an understanding of the theory and process of behavior change
- how to help youth move towards positive change using Motivational Interviewing
- a basic understanding of HIV transmission and testing
- harm reduction strategies for working with youth who are using alcohol or other drugs
- skills for helping youth assess their risks for HIV, STI’s and pregnancy
- proficiency in addressing the special needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth
This training utilizes the model of Positive Youth Development, emphasizing building on the strengths and resiliency that all youth possess. This is an excellent introductory training for all staff who are new to working with this population of youth, as well as an update for more experienced staff who have not previously had training on these topics. 1.6 CEUs will be available through the University of Maine.
The training runs from 8:30 am to about 4:30 pm each day. ***Please do not apply unless you can attend the whole time!***
There is NO CHARGE for this workshop. Lunch and breaks will be provided onsite. All participants receive a comprehensive training manual and other prevention materials.
We request a commitment to attend the entire two days if registering for this training.