Date: 4/23/2018, 9:00 am—4:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth Center
Youth that are in the system today are experiencing stress, trauma, and depression at rates that are much higher than previous generations. Many of these youth are not provided with safe spaces to share their experiences, process the emotional impact that their day-to-day lives have on their wellbeing, or learn from others who have experienced similar challenges in life. Part of the problem is that many youth and adults never develop the social or emotional skills needed to communicate their feelings, manage their emotions, express their needs, or translate their feelings into words. The result of this lack of support for system involved youth can lead to violence, conflict, incarceration, PTSD, and difficulty maintaining healthy friendships and relationships. How can we stop this from directing youth toward a grim future? This training will be exploring Restorative Practices and approaches that take youth on a journey to better understand themselves and the world around them. This training will teach you how to design and facilitate Restorative circle practices and use mindfulness tools that are designed to develop or enhance social emotional skills that can help youth live a happy, thriving, and stress-free life. We will also explore the connection between the parts of Community Agreement and Team Building circles that are strategically designed to create a safe atmosphere for learning, self-reflection, and deep personal growth.