A Relationship Based Strengths Approach for Working with Youth in Justice

Workshop Description

This exceptionally inspiring and thought provoking workshop also provides hundreds of concrete and practical tools for engaging youth as well as approximating and attaining the most preferred youth outcomes.

A Relationship Based Strengths Approach (RBSA) represents a core set of values that are aimed to cultivate, enhance and sustain relationships, strengths, resiliencies, and potential. This two-day workshop will expose professionals who work with youth to various tools and strategies that can motivate and empower youth to adopt a more pro-social lifestyle. Unlike traditional approaches that focus on problems, deficits and an over-reliance on theory, RBSA takes the perspective that youth have important stories which contain a wealth of strengths and resources to effectively cope with, persevere and overcome many of the challenges they face.

Focusing on strengths-based perspectives, this two-day workshop will expose participants to various tools and strategies that can be used to motivate and empower youth to adopt a more pro-social lifestyle. This evidence based approach can also promote options that youth can explore to build on their strengths, further reduce criminal behaviours and assist them in adopting more life affirming and community endorsed goals.

Workshop Topics

 Day One

  • Discussion: Outcomes & Challenges
  • The Process of Change – Goals
  • Discipline & Youth Justice
  • Building a Case for a RBSA
  • Youth and the Youth’s Story
  • RBSA: An Overview
  • RBSA: Assumptions and Guiding Principles
  • Operationalization of RBSA Principles
  • Pathways to the Youth and the Youth’s Story

Day Two

  • Helpful Questions – Journey to the Youth
  • Understanding Resistance and Oppositional Behaviour
  • Dealing with Resistance and Opposition
  • Strengths Focus
  • Conversation Tools – Resource Possibilities
  • Dealing with Challenging Behaviors
  • Conditions that Promote Positive Behavior
  • Ineffective Discipline Practices
  • RBSA – Concrete Practice Examples

Learning Objectives

Through the RBSA to youth justice participants will:

  • Learn the foundational values of a Relationship Based Strengths Approach
  • Recognize the importance of the relationships based on safety, trust and understanding as a foundation for positive change and growth
  • Learn to engage in active and tangible interventions that recognize and build on strengths by helping, healing and empowering youth
  • Develop skills in communication methods for building on discovered strengths and enhancing relationships
  • Learn how to understand, recognize and respond to opposition in a manner that decreased and even eliminates resistances
  • Explore approaches that cultivate and enhance self-worth, resiliencies and potential to help youth reach important and proactive life goals