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Dilemmas in Youth Work: Self-guided online course

Youth workers face challenging situations in their daily work with young people. In this basics class, participants will learn what research tells us about

  • The range of youth work dilemmas.

  • Responding to dilemmas in ways that meet the developmental needs of youth.

  • Generating responses that balance competing concerns.

This free, self-guided course gives practical resources for incorporating reflection and discussion of dilemmas in your work. It includes a bank of dilemma scenarios and related activities for use in your own practice.

How it works

  • Go at your own pace (without a facilitator) through four modules that take about 30 minutes each. Additional time spent on application activities will vary.
  • Learn on your own time. Unlimited 24-hour web access to the self-guided curriculum.
  • Videos and activities help you take concrete ideas back to your program for use every day.
  • Certificate for completing 4-hour training available at the end of the course.
  • All our self-guided courses are free, but registration is required.

You will

  • Learn about dilemmas of youth work identified in a national research study.
  • Respond to dilemmas in youth-centered ways.
  • Formulate responses that balance diverse and often competing considerations.
  • Take away practical resources to help build reflection and dilemma discussion into work with colleagues and peers, including a bank of dilemma scenarios and related activities.



Free, but registration is required.

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