Our training enables workers and volunteers to apply practical tools to their workplace to achieve real change.

The issues facing young people are constantly evolving. As practitioners we have a responsibility to keep up to date with what they are and how best to support young people as they work through them.

Our skilled practitioner training courses can help you to develop as a professional youth worker and give young people the high quality support they deserve.

Browse our list of upcoming Skilled Practitioners training courses and book your places on them below:

 

 

 
 
Advanced Interpersonal Skills – The art of dialogue with young people

Dialogue is central to the role of youth work. It has the incredible potential to facilitate positive change in young people’s lives. This training will focus on refining existing skills and crafting new ones needed to engage young people in meaningful, deeper and progressive dialogue. It will explore key themes such as power, language, silence, safety and the use of personal narratives.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Anti-youth violence – Gangology

Gangology UK is a decisive 1 day CPD continuous personal development course for practitioners working with young people at risk or affected by life threatening behaviour involving guns, gangs, knives & acid & county lines.

This course will empower delegates with the knowledge and tools to effectively respond to the increase in serious youth violence within their practice. Delivered by Raymond Douglas, National Co-ordinator for Minusviolence.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Child Criminal Exploitation, Violence and County Lines

Young people in the UK are being exploited by organised criminal groups. Money, violence, drugs – the risks for young people that may already be vulnerable are bringing increasing challenge to front line workers that are supporting young people in a variety of contexts and environments. Delivered by expert practitioners Teswal White & Solomon Griffiths from the West Midlands, this day course will increase knowledge and understanding of this issue and how workers can use this to better support their young people and help them to keep safe.
 



 

 

Cognitive Behavioural approaches in youth work

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the current leading therapeutic interventions with young people. However, the principles that underpin this can be practically applied outside of the therapeutic process in day to day work with young people. Simply, cognitive behavioural theory explores how our emotions, thought-processes and actions impact on one another. Participants will have the opportunity to experience key approaches for themselves and receive practical resources to help equip young people to make positive changes in how they think, feel and act. These resources will support the development of young people’s self-reflection, emotional intelligence, self-esteem, resilience and contribute to developing positive mental health.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced
 

 
 
Delivering inclusive youth provisions

As youth and community workers, our offer of inclusive youth provision, underpins our approach to youth work. However, across the country, each of our approaches are different in terms of the need of young people but each have a common thread that links our inclusive practice together. This one day course enables practitioners to reflect on their offer of inclusive practise. Participants will explore their organisational ethos and practice in making their offer more inclusive or creating new opportunities, while at the same time identifying best practice that can be adapted and shaped to meet the need of their young people and share those assets with fellow practitioners.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Detached youth work

The Federation of Detached Youth Workers deliver training that builds skills for effective and quality detached youth work practice. Offering good practice guidelines on all aspects of this work from assessing needs and engaging effectively, to evaluation and exit strategies.  Covering dynamic risk assessment and safe working practices, this day programme would be of benefit to new youth and community workers or those looking to refresh or enhance their current practice.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Digital world and youth work

Social media plays a significant part in the lives of many people, and particularly young people.  It brings challenges and difficulties as well as opportunities for youth work and young people.  This one day seminar will look at current research and understanding of these issues and how youth work can both respond to and engage with social media to inform and enhance practice.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Financial Capability Training

Through this one day training you will look at different delivery methods when supporting young people to raise awareness and knowledge of financial capability. This training comes with access to a resource pack for use in your setting.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Mental health and emotional wellbeing

10% of young people have a clinically diagnosed mental health condition, many more experience periods of poor mental health or negative wellbeing.  This one day course is aimed at people working with young people in a variety of settings, and provides a basic understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues faced by young people.  It provides a toolkit for supporting and signposting young people to appropriate services, as well as strategies that can inform practice with all young people around increasing wellbeing and intra-personal resilience.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Participation Training

Through this one day training you will explore the definition of participation by looking at different methods and models of Participation. Looking at how you can support young people through this process and to begin mapping and planning participation in your setting.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
The Reflective Youth Work Practitioner

Youth Work is an emotionally and mentally demanding profession, thus self-reflection is a crucial component in processing relationships, developing creative approaches and maintaining passion in work. This one-day workshop will explore key themes around bias, assumptions, decision-making, labelling theory, motivation and action. It will develop participant’s reflexivity; the process of reflecting on practice in the moment. A variety of methods and strategies for reflection will be explored and participants will be able to take away resources to continue to use in their practice.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Supporting young people with social action projects

A community social action project is a great way for young people to interact and tackle local problems within their community. We’ve witnessed young people believe in themselves to develop the confidence and motivation to help other community members with their own ideas and solutions. This training session will look at best practices for participation, training young people, supporting young people and evaluating the impact on social action programmes.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Working with young men

This one day programme explores at masculinity and the challenges faced by young men.  It focusses on developing skills for identity-based work and developing holistic programmes that address some key themes that impact and influence young men growing up in the UK.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Young people and gambling

16% of young people have gambled in the past week according to the Gambling Commission*. With increasing understanding of the risks of problematic gambling and the risk to young people, this one day training programme offered by a national gambling awareness charity will develop skills in how to raise awareness of this in young people. It will share tools and materials that can be used in sessions with young people and an understanding of where to signpost young people to for support if needed.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Young women’s work

This one day programme focusses on developing skills for positive identity based work with young women. It explores issues of culture, structure and experience that inform and impact on young women living in the UK from a range of different backgrounds.  It will give practitioners the opportunity to examine these topics and think about how to develop a programme of work to address these or use this knowledge to inform their practice.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Youth participation and environmental projects

The youth climate movement is growing as more young people want to take action for their future. By providing young people with the tools to create their own environment project they can tackle environmental issues, encourage other young people to help, and develop their own life skills that could pave their own career. This training session will look at addressing youth participation in the environment context and the best practices for supporting young people with an environment project.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Youth work in alternative education settings

Youth workers and youth work skills are essential in building relationships and effectively supporting young people who have not had positive experiences in education. Balancing the challenges of delivering informal or non-formal education in compulsory education settings can be difficult for practitioners; this one day training event will explore this with practitioners and create opportunities to identify the skills, processes and resources required for successful youth work programmes in alternative education environments.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

 
 
Youth Work in Practice Level 2 Award

The NYA Youth Work in Practice Level 2 Award programme is an introductory accredited youth work qualification that builds confidence and skills in all those working with young people. With 100% success rates in learner achievement and evaluation showing high levels of increased confidence, knowledge and skills, this qualification is an ideal way to ensure all those working with young people have the basics to ensure safe and effective practice.

Upcoming dates and venues TBC, follow us on Twitter at @NYAacademy to see when they’re announced

 

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