While the use of the Your Journey Together curriculum does not require professional development, there are a number of professional development options that can serve to maximize the understanding and use of the materials associated with the curriculum. To that end, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers several options for professional development to meet the ranging needs of your local program/community.
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Option #1: Recorded Training Series
This professional development option offers access to a recorded training series that provides background information on each of the four Your Journey Together Resilience-Building Parenting Curriculum modules. While these recordings do not review specific lessons found in the curriculum, they do provide rich content pertaining to the resilience of children, adults, and care-giving environments that set the stage for using the curriculum with families.
Option #2: Live Webinar with a YJT Author
In a 4-hour live webinar, a YJT author will take participants through the mechanics of implementing the YJT Curriculum. Topics for this live session include a walk-through of sample lessons associated with each module, how to effectively use parent handouts and leave-behind activities, and tips for effective coaching.
Option #3: Combination of #1 and #2
This option offers access to the YJT Recorded Training Series, along with a live, 4-hour webinar with one of the YJT authors. Together, the recorded and live webinars offer a comprehensive look at the YJT content, along with specific support from a YJT author regarding curriculum implementation.
Option #4: One-Day Training
This option provides you with a live trainer qualified to deliver the One-Day Your Journey Together Training at your local program. This professional development option would provide both the background information related to the four modules of the Your Journey Together Curriculum, along with many hands-on opportunities to practice interfacing with the YJT Curriculum itself.
Required Resources for Training
For options #2, #3 and #4, it is recommended that each participant have access to a Your Journey Together Kit. While a program may not be prepared to purchase a YJT Kit for each participant at the time the training is delivered, it is important to note that the training will focus on the use of these resources. Therefore, it is up to the program to ensure that the adequate quantity of YJT Kits are made available to participants for either the webinar or live delivery of professional development.
To discuss these options in more detail, contact DCRC Director of Professional Development Debi Mahler at [email protected].