Hit the Decks!


Hit the Decks!

I often get asked to facilitate trainings on behavior management. Typically someone shares the challenges with "their" kids and how "the staff" just don't know what to do when the kids "act up." I usually have to bite my tongue long enough to get the training on the calendar and then share my own thoughts on what behavior management means to me. You can't manage someone else's behavior. Behavior management is about staff and facilitators learning how to manage their own behavior...how we show up, even when it's hard. There are effective strategies to use for setting youth up for success so they are engaged, challenged at the right level and are having a good time. Using the right strategies at the right time also provides a similar experience for staff. We should be engaged, challenged at the right level and have a good time when we are working alongside youth.

Nikki and I created Shift Decks to meet this need. Just because agencies don't have time or resources to provide trainings for our staff doesn't mean we aren't responsible for training our staff and getting them prepared and ready to work with kids. It means we have to give leaders opportunities to learn and grow their skills in the moment. James, a Youth Development Superhero from School's Out Washington says "When it hits the fan, I hit the deck!" Two Shift Decks are available for leaders to practice being their best selves in challenging moments. Whether it's a facilitation struggle or a stuck conversation, these Shift Decks will help you move through a challenge, while practicing your leadership skills, so you can Grow, Thrive and Challenge the Status Quo. Check our website to find out more about the decks and how you can use them to manage your behavior, move through challenges and shift norms in your programs.

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