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Workshop Title: The Democratic Youth Engagement (DYE) Model
Presenter’s Name : Adam Arnold, MA, LMFT, LADC
Adam is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in St. Paul, MN, and the developer of The Democratic Youth Engagement (DYE) Model, the values and style through which he employs his clinical work. Adam works clinically with adolescents and children (ages 5-18), and also with survivors of spiritual abuse (5 and older). He has worked professionally in school settings, summer camps, after school programs, arts organizations, athletic settings, day treatment centers, correctional facilities, and residential treatment centers. For over ten years Adam combined his passions for healing and the arts, serving as Founder and Artistic Director of blank slate theatre, a personal growth-oriented theatre for adolescents in Saint Paul, Minnesota. While there, he collaborated with culturally and ability diverse adolescents to produce over two dozen theatre pieces centering on themes of mental health and social change, including the award-winning DISORDERED [thy name is teenager], and BOTTOM, a play on child sex trafficking. Adam also was proud to serve as chair of the "Safe Schools, Safe Students Conference," which sought to address mental health issues in schools, innovate family involvement with schools, soothe peer aggression (bullying), and eliminate school shootings. Adam enjoys practicing yoga, watching scary movies, and listening to nerdy podcasts.Workshop Description:
The DYE Model encourages adults working and living with youth to go beyond the "fix the kid" approach. The model revolves around the practice of... - Collaborating with youth - Honoring the agency of youth -Gaining consent from youth -Centering adults as the models for youth - Holding the relationship paramount between adult and youth The DYE Model is applicable where adults interact with youth, including... - Youth workers - Mental health professionals - Chemical health professionals - Teachers - Educational assistants - Skills workers - Social workers - Adoption workers - Camp counselors - Athletic coaches - Artistic leaders – ParentsWorkshop Objectives:
- Process the values democratically of engaging with youth
- Learn how to creatively collaborate with youth
- Gain practical skills for modeling healthy behavior for youth