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Strengthening Youth Work Supervision: The online course

This online class takes an in-depth exploration into the key issues in supervision and leadership of youth work organizations. Online activities include both synchronized group time and individual self-paced learning.

Who should attend

Managers, supervisors and volunteer coordinators who work with youth.

How it works

Over the course of a month, participants can expect to spend an average of 5 hours/week, up to 15 hours total. Setting aside intentional time devoted to online work is required to have the full professional development experience.

Each week a new set of modules will be available and open 24 hours a day. Although the activities in each module (prerecorded presentation, discussion boards, readings, etc.) can be completed "on your own time," it is expected that all participants keep up with the content for the appropriate week.

Topics, include:

  • Context for youth work supervision
  • Leadership vs. management
  • Strengths based leadership
  • Professionalizing youth work
  • Core competencies for youth workers and youth work supervisors
  • Action plan

You will

  • Develop your supervision practice.
  • Assess your management and supervision style.
  • Engage in conflict management and team strengths learning.
  • Participate in live webinars.
  • Engage in discussion boards with other youth workers.
  • Explore articles, videos and websites.
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