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Risk Happens!

March 18, 2020
12:00–1:30 PM ET
Cindy Carraway-Wilson, Youth Catalytics

Life is risky business. Risk happens all of the time, in our personal lives, in our businesses and in our world. We often praise adults and certainly CEOs who take risks. So why is it that we work so hard to prevent risk-taking behavior in young people? Risk-taking is a part of the natural developmental trajectory and helps young people (and adults) develop new skills, achieve goals and push the limits of their learning. This webinar will briefly review the science of adolescent risk-taking. Then we will review several strategies to support the type of risk-taking that will help young people achieve developmental milestones and achievement goals. We will also explore how we might frame risk-taking in a way to help steer adolescents away from the kind of risks that threaten their health and wellness.

As a result of participating in this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the biological, social and developmental drivers of risk-taking

  • Learn strategies to guide adolescents and young adults into risk-taking that focuses on healthy development

  • Identify strategies that might help steer young people away from unhealthy risks.

CYC Certification Competency Domain: Developmental Practice Methods


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Cindy Carraway-Wilson, MA, CYC-P, has over 20 years of experience in the child, youth and family services field. She has extensive experience in program evaluation and outcome measurement, and trains on a variety of topics such as positive youth development, youth participation and asset building, and LGBTQ topics. Before joining Youth Catalytics, she worked as a counselor and mental health therapist in youth-serving settings in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. She is a member of the training cadre for the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development and a certified trainer from the Academy for Educational Development. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Duquesne University. She lives in Maine with her husband and two Alaskan huskies.

fee: $45.00