Relationship-Based Programming

Trainings are fine-tuned to match the needs of participants or programs. If you’re interested in bringing an Amicus training on being relationship-based to your organization or area, contact Kathleen DuChene or 612-348-8570.

Opposite Gender Staffing

Amicus held its first “Opposite Gender Training: Men Working with Girls, Women working with Boys- Critical Issues” training on March 30th in Duluth. Approximately 20 professionals from around the state of Minnesota participated. Participants spent the day learning about the aspects involved in developing strong opposite gender staff-client relationships such as:

  • Strengths and potential limitations to opposite gender staffing
  • The importance of maturity, judgment, instinct, and experience
  • The ways that sterotypes about gender contribute to fears about working with boys and girls
  • Using scenarios and real-life examples to understand the complexity of boundaries and guidelines involved in safe relationship-building
  • Creating a staff culture that promotes safety

The training received rave ratings and reviews from participants:

“[The most useful topic in the training was] openly recognizing that gender matters and understanding how to utilize differences positively.”

“Great training, unique, important.”

“It was good to tackle some of the “elephants in the room” related to opposite gender staffing, and discuss/refresh on best practices.”

This training is coming to St. Paul on June 15th, 2010 (open registration). Contact us to register! Kathleen DuChene

It’s All About the Relationship

On May 19th, 2009 in Duluth, MN, Amicus presented a training entitled, “It’s All About the Relationship – forming safe, healthy relationships as the first step in helping adolescents achieve goals and function in society.” The training focused on the following topic areas: Gender, strengths-based services, relationship-building, grief and trauma, historical trauma and cultural compentency. Key topics include:

Gender-Boys, Girls, or Both?

Though males and females are more the same than they are different, males and females are sometimes better served with different approaches. During this session, participants learned about and discussed:

  • Girls and boys and the different expectations and “rules” that society places upon them
  • Research-based information on the neurological and physiological differences between the male and female genders as well as their different developmental processes

Strengths-based Services

What does adolescent treatment look like to be strengths-based? Aspects of this session included:

  • Exploration of how our culture becomes accustomed to negative assumptions about adolescents and particularly adolescents who are in treatment
  • A look into the mind of a troubled teen defined by his/her offense or diagnosis
  • Practice in re-framing and re-defining ourselves and the adolescents we work with through a strengths-based lens

Relationship-Building Tips

Relationship-building is the key to making our work with adolescents more effective, not to mention easier. During this session, participants learned, brainstormed, practiced, and discussed:

Some “how-to’s” in the all-important business of building strong relationships with adolescents under challenging circumstances

Grief and Trauma

An overwhelming amount of adolescents have experienced and are experiencing grief and trauma. We need to be aware of how we can best work with adolescents given this fact. This session focuses on the following:

  • Definitions and the differences between grief and trauma
  • Explanations of the short and longterm impacts of trauma
  • Exercises to support and bring out the experiences of survivors
  • Discussion of a trauma-informed program-what does it look like?

Historical Trauma/Cultural Competency

Historical trauma and cultural competency have been buzz words for awhile now, but what exactly do they mean, and how does it affect our work? This session explores the following:

  • Discussion of new research concerning historical trauma and its implications for our culture and its institutions.
  • Acknowledgement of white privilege and how this plays out in our work.
  • Discussion using case studies to examine “real life” situations and culturally competent responses.