Registration is closed for this training.


April 24 & 25, 2019

Auburn, Maine

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM both days 

This FREE 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. 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 are encouraged to attend. The High Risk Adolescent Prevention (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 gender and sexuality.  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
  • 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.

***Please do not apply unless you can attend the entire two day training.*** 

Submitting the initial application below DOES NOT guarantee your registration. Registration priority will be given to youth workers and staff from youth/social service agencies, residential programs, and alternative schools who work with teens and young adults at high risk for negative health outcomes or homelessness/out of home placements. Adults/educators who do not currently work directly with these youth (e.g. primarily work with younger adolescents, children, lower-risk populations, or in program administration) may submit a registration request but will likely be placed on the waiting list until after the registration deadline, and contacted as space allows.

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.


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