training modules and outcomes

Training Modules & Outcomes 


Brave Space Groundwork

Brave spaces are the environments in which youth can feel heard, seen, valued, and supported as they explore challenging social-emotional topics. This is differentiated from “safe spaces” in that there is inherent risk and conflict involved in developing our identities and sharing them with others.

  • experience and use practices, lessons, and activities that cultivate a brave space for youth
  • identify how brave spaces foster community and accountability, and mitigate harm


Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning involves the core competencies for understanding ourselves, others, and navigating our relationships and experiences in the world.

  • examine our own social-emotional capacities and areas of growth
  • assess how our identities impact how we view ourselves, interact with others, and shape our values


Culturally Responsive Mindsets

Cultural responsiveness is the ability to utilize expansive practices that honor the voices and experiences of all contributors and dismantle oppressive tenets of organizational culture that serve to silence and control.

  • engage in culturally responsive mindsets and plan to implement them in our work
  • name how dominant culture infiltrates organizations and make a plan to interrupt it


Bias Intervention

Notice, examine, and make a plan for how to address and interrupt implicit, explicit, and appropriated biases in ourselves and hold our organization accountable.

  • identify your own biases and make an intervention plan
  • identify institutional biases and interrupt it in our spaces


Trauma-Informed Practice

Understanding the roots and impact of trauma helps us understand our own triggers and respond to others’ needs in a way that creates a sense of safety.

  • identify the four trauma responses and how they show up in our spaces
  • engage in a trauma-informed approach to responding to others’ needs


Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is also known as vicarious trauma, or how we carry the burden of listening to, observing, or experiencing the effects of others’ trauma.

  • identify triggers and experiences with compassion fatigue
  • engage in coping mechanisms and strategies to mitigate the effects of compassion fatigue
  • plan for systemic changes that will create more support and address the root causes of compassion fatigue


From Trauma-Informed Practice to Healing-Centered Engagement

Healing-centered engagement is a progression from trauma-informed practice that combines our understanding of trauma with an explicit political and cultural lens and puts the emphasis on hope, imagination, and community.

  • identify the four trauma responses and how they show up in our spaces
  • engage in a trauma-informed approach to responding to others’ needs
  • describe the purpose of the shift from trauma-informed to healing-centered
  • assess how our community can make a healing-centered shift
  • make a plan to co-create a healing-centered environment



Evaluations conducted by indicate:  

93% said they were confident in their ability to use a culturally responsive mindset and practices (compared to 49% in the pre-training survey).

93% said they were confident in their ability to teach youth how to identify values, beliefs, and biases (compared to 58% in the pre-training survey).

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