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 Together Yet Different: Practical Resilience Building Strategies for Youth-Serving Professionals Post-Pandemic with Presenter Frank Kros

Wednesday, April 7 9:00-10:30 a.m.

COVID-19 drastically changed everyone’s life. Most of the youth in our programs will return to being together “in-person” with us adults and we will see an influx of new youth into our services as well. Many, perhaps most, of our youth will present differently than before the pandemic. The social isolation, economic stress, barriers to resources, and enduring uncertainties brought on by the pandemic interventions have created a “perfect storm” for the development of anxiety, depression, and even trauma. Inequity in the access to supportive educational, mental health and social services will likely exacerbate their struggles. To meet these dramatic healing needs our youth will bring us, youth-serving professionals can step-up to this new normal by boosting their resilience building skills.

This session will equip participants to respond effectively to the needs youth will immediately bring to our programs and facilities specifically during/after the pandemic. Equally important, participants will be exposed to practices they may currently be using that erode youth resilience and lead to poor outcomes. Concrete strategies will be provided for building resilience in the complex post-COVID-19 context using the 5-part Resilience Code model for expanding youth resilience. These tools will show adults how to reconnect, calm, provide clear direction, manage boundaries, and instill hope with the youth they serve.

Target Audience: Adults working with youth K-12 including Youth Care Workers, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Social Workers, Foster Parents and Parents. 
Registration Link:
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Curved green arrow Supporting Your Child Emotionally and Socially while School is Not Really School with Presenter Frank Kros

Monday, April 12 5:30-7:00 pm.

A major impact of COVID-19-related school closures has been the emotional and social lives of our children. As schools flipped to primarily remote learning, students found themselves without daily access to teachers, classmates, routines and supports that previously provided them core structures and experiences for developing emotionally and socially. Anxiety, depression and grief among children and youth have soared and the future timeline for returning to in-person education remains uncertain. Parents can provide their children supports during this challenging period that help them to manage difficult emotions related to the decrease in social opportunities and emotional experiences. This workshop shares strategies for maintaining a realistic and healthy parent mindset; how and why to use more praise and rewards; how to teach your child to effectively use self-talk; why this is the perfect time to invest in the arts; how to assure your child’s key habits (exercise, nutrition and sleep) are in top condition and; how to use your power as a role model to provide your child maximum support during stressful times.

Target Audience: Parents and Foster Parents of children and youth K-12.
Registration Link:
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Building Electronic Relationships: Strategies and Hacks for Connecting with Youth Remotely with Presenter Frank Kros

Wednesday, April 14 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Maintaining and building consistent relationships with youth electronically can be challenging. Reading social cues online is tough and sensing and managing group dynamics can be tricky when trying to balance the styles and needs of introverts and extroverts. In this session, practical strategies are shared for facilitating remote educational and group sessions for youth. Participants will learn effective hacks for: 1) Getting youth buy-in within the first 5 minutes of the session; 2) Boosting youth motivation with quick, high-interest activities; 3) Increasing engagement through pacing and chunking; 4) Applying targeted “Brain Breaks” at just the right time and; 5) Strategies for involving reluctant or passive participants without embarrassment. While adult facilitators cannot control all youth behavior in remote sessions, these skills will expand your ability to reach more of your youth participants more of the time.

Target Audience: Adults working with youth K-12 including Youth Care Workers, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Social Workers, Foster Parents and Parents.
Registration Link: Click here to go to our Zoom registration page


Secrets of My Stressed-Out Brain: How to Conquer Anxiety and Build Personal Resilience with Presenter Frank Kros

Thursday, April 29 4:30 - 6:00 pm.

Being an adolescent is stressful. COVID-19’s disruptions have added significantly to that stress. Anxiety is a common response to the challenges of adolescence and to all the additional stresses brought by the pandemic. Have you ever wondered: “What’s going on in there?” when you are overwhelmed, anxious and stressed-out? Are you curious about how and why stress often leads to troubling patterns of thinking and behavior? Would you be interested in some new, practical and effective ideas for conquering your anxiety and feeling stronger? Responding to stress and anxiety in positive ways builds your personal resilience. Personal resilience is the strength and skills to manage your stresses and improve your overall well-being despite anxiety, uncertainty and challenges. This presentation will explore new research on the adolescent brain works and it has dramatically improved our understanding of stress and how it impacts how you feel, think and behave. By knowing how your brain really works, you can “outsmart” your anxiety and dramatically improve your well-being by practicing a few powerful strategies everyday. This "inside knowledge" will help you feel better, think smarter, and support you achieving your goals and dreams - even under stress.

Target Audience: Adolescents 12-21 years old. Note there is a parallel workshop for parents and foster parents that teaches the same concepts and skills but from the lens of supporting an adolescent in using the strategies recommended (see below). 

Registration Link: Click here to go to our Zoom registration page


Parent Version of Secrets of My Stressed-Out Brain with Presenter Frank Kros

Thursday, April 29 6:30-8:00 pm.

Being an adolescent is stressful. COVID-19’s disruptions have added significantly to that stress. Anxiety is a common response to the challenges of adolescence and to all the additional stresses brought by the pandemic. This presentation will explore new research on the adolescent brain works and it has dramatically improved our understanding of stress and how it impacts how they feel, think and behave, specifically related to stress and anxiety. The focus will be on supporting an adolescent with a few powerful coping strategies that the adolescents will also be learning about in their session (see above).

Target Audience: Parents of adolescents 12-21 years old
Registration Link: Click here to go to our Zoom registration page