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Negotiation Skills with Non-Minor Dependent Youth eLearning

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker and Supervisor

Credits: 1.5

Intended Audience: Social Workers and Supervisors who work with older teens and Non-Minor Dependents

Description of Course: The course will over Negotiation strategies for working with this population. This is Part 1 of a three part training on this topic.

Intended Objectives:

  • Identify at least two difficulties and successes they have experienced with NMDs and negotiating case plan goals.
  • Identify differences between Emotion Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused questioning and when each strategy is most useful in working with Non-Minor Dependents (NMDs).
  • Identify how acting as a “consultant” can enhance the relationship between social worker and NMD.
  • Appreciate how assisting a youth (using Motivational Interviewing) to explore their own values can help a NMD to develop discrepancy between their current behaviors and future goals.
  • Value how assisting a youth to develop their own discrepancy will enhance a NMD’s
    commitment to making healthier choices.

Topics Include:

  • Assessing “where the client is” in terms of setting goals and working towards those goals.
  • Choosing a differentiated response based on the individual needs of clients.
  • Recognizing that Adolescence has been re-defined and stretched out in our society and that Extended Foster Care is an opportunity to have a positive influence with
    young people, as long as we can be seen as a good “consultant.”
  • What researchers are learning about effective strategies to use in helping teens and
    young adults thrive and strengthen their own “decision-making muscles.”
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