Group Work Training in Youth Development

In the current economic situation it is rare for a parent to stay home to raise her or his children or even for families to hire private caregivers. Thus, after-school and other community programs have become the context of choice for meeting social and developmental needs of young people from all walks of life, and the youth development field has been at the forefront of action to secure attention and funds for such programs. Youth workers face many complexities in building and maintaining caring relationships with young people, however; and while they are highly invested in their work, they often still lack credentials, adequate supervision, and professional training. The purpose of Group Work Training in Youth Development is for participants to have skill in applying social group work concepts, principles, and methods to their practice.