Anna Nelson, MSW, training in New Mexico.

Anna Nelson, MSW, training in New Mexico.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. How are Youth Thrive and Families thrive different? 

Youth Thrive was created in 2011 for adults working with young people in out-of-home care. Many of those participating in the training worked in state foster care systems, juvenile detention systems or residential group homes. Youth Thrive has always attracted professionals from other sectors as well however, including teachers, guidance counselors, and community youth workers of all kinds.

Families Thrive is rooted in Youth Thrive and another model called Strengthening Families, which seeks to help children and youth stay at home, in their own families. Many state child welfare systems use the Strengthening Families model to help parents and children function better as a unit.

2. Can the trainings be broken up into modules?

Both trainings can be broken into individual modules, and you may decide on just doing one or two modules rather than all of them. We can help you decide based on your current state of knowledge and your goals.  

3. How many participants can attend a training?

Given the emphasis on experiential and small-group activities in  both trainings, groups of between 10 and 30 participants are optimal.

4. Can you mix people from different practice                    settings in one training?

Yes! Including professionals from community-based youth organizations, law enforcement, juvenile diversion programs, and schools creates particularly vibrant learning experiences and will promote creative networking within your community. Our experience with diverse groups proves that there is nothing more powerful for communities than sitting down at the same table and learning a common language and approach for working with young people.

5. Can this training be customized for our setting?

While the Thrive trainings are broadly applicable to any group that interacts with young people, they can also be customized for specific settings. Such customization will take into consideration the specific needs, challenges and limitations of the setting, and will create opportunities for participants to assess their milieu and identify areas for enhancement.

6. Where have the thrive trainings been conducted?

The short answer is: all over the country and in Canada. These trainings have been supported by state OJJDP (SAG) funds, federal pregnancy prevention grants, foundations, and local agency training budgets.

7. IF I participate in a training-of-trainers (TOt), Do            I become certified in these models?

No, there is no certification in either Youth Thrive or Families Thrive. However, by completing a ToT of either, you will earn credits toward the continuing education requirements for the entry- and associate-level Child and Youth Care (CYC) certification, administered by the CYC Certification Institute, and the professional level Child and Youth Care Professional (CYC-P) certification administered by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board.

You will earn Child and Youth Care Certification CEUs in Applied Human Development, Cultural and Human Diversity, Developmental Practice Methods, and the Relationship and Communication domains of the Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners (Revised 2010), the competencies upon which the CYC certifications are based.

8. can we get follow-up consultation after being              trained?

Follow-up consultation is available for organizations and communities. Follow-up can take the form of virtual coaching or on-site consultation and implementation support.

9. What does the training cost?

It varies. The cost of training depends on a number of factors, including the number of people participating and how the training is delivered: in three consecutive days, as half-day module trainings, or in some other agreed-upon format. Please contact Cindy Carraway-Wilson for more information.

Other questions? Email us and we’ll be happy to get you the information you need.