Training Series

The Art of Supervision: A Series for Supervisors of Youth Peer Advocates

We were delighted to offer a series of webinars in fall for Supervisors of Youth Peer Advocates! Through presentations, discussion and small break-out sessions, participants explored supervision strategies and approaches that support Youth Peer Advocates. Sessions focused on how YPAs can promote active youth engagement and participation in services, how to help YPAs practice through a recovery and resiliency lens, and supervision techniques for building and sustaining best practices. Individual webinar descriptions are below. 

Understanding the Role of Youth Peer Advocates

October 06, 2022
This webinar provides an overview of Youth Peer Support Services. You will learn about the history and impact of Youth Peer Support and how it can make a positive difference in the lives of young people. Panelists discuss their experiences as Youth Peer Advocates as well as addressing a number of ot...

Who’s in the Driver’s Seat? Supervising YPA’s to Assure Youth Are Active Participants in Service Provision

October 13, 2022
This session explored strategies supervisors can use to support YPAs to reach and engage youth and their families, adopt a range of youth-guided practices, maximize youth choice and active voice in all the services they receive, and individualize the support they provide to each youth. Supervisors e...

YPA Supervision Through a Recovery and Resiliency Lens

October 25, 2022
This session delved into how supervision can support the provision of services through a lens of recovery and resilience. To optimize a positive supervisory outcome, supervisors learned methods to: help YPAs discover and nurture the unique strength in each youth, help youth to engage and stay connec...

Part 1: Best Practices in Youth Peer Advocacy: Supervising for Success

November 14, 2022
We explored why devoting enough time and consistency to supervision leads to greater staff satisfaction and success, increasing retention and improving youth outcomes. Small break-out groups provided opportunities to practice skills. Part 1 focused on addressing the stigma that can result when YPAs...

Part 2: Best Practices in Youth Peer Advocacy: Supervising for Success

November 17, 2022
We explored why devoting enough time and consistency to supervision leads to greater staff satisfaction and success, increasing retention and improving youth outcomes. Small break-out groups provided opportunities to practice skills. Part 2 focused on the importance of comprehensive onboarding and...

"Managing Up": Assuring You Have What You Need to be The Best YPA Supervisor Possible!

December 07, 2022
This session presented a brief overview of “managing-up” and why it is important to supervisors. Through small break-outs, supervisors practiced techniques to work within their organizations as “champions” of Youth Peer Advocacy and get all that’s needed to help the YPA grow and thrive. Su...
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