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Wed, Jun 14


Online Event

Teaching Assertive Communication to System-Involved Youth to Support Improved Relationship Outcomes

Robert Dousa

Teaching Assertive Communication to System-Involved Youth to Support Improved Relationship Outcomes

Time & Location

Jun 14, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Robert Dousa

Training Description

One of the most significant challenges for those supporting system involved youth is to effectively engage system involved youth and help them build constructive, transformational behaviors that are sustainable and lead to healthy community engagement and improved outcomes. In this training, we will explore how to enhance our capacity to support system involved youth by examining how to Teach Assertive Communication Techniques for Improved Relationship Outcomes (which are especially designed for supporting disengaged transition age youth) to prepare us to foster alliance and promote young people’s emotional development and wellbeing as well as strengthen their ability to heal from traumatic events and lead a meaningful life. Practicing and sharing the methods outlined by this workshop will allow us to improve the practice of how we empower system-involved youth.

Learning Objectives

● Participants will be able to identify at least 2 methods for Teaching Assertive Communication that foster the alliance with system-involved youth.

● Participants will be able to identify at least 2 functions of Assertive Communication that aid in providing relationship building support for system-involved youth.

● Participants will be able to identify and apply at least 2 processes of Coaching Assertive Communication that support system involved youth towards success.


2:30-2:35pm  Sign-in and Introduction

2:35-3:15pm  Learn the pivotal aspects of Assertiveness Communication that will support system-involved youth to strengthen their own protective factors and help improve their critical relationships.

3:15-3:45pm  Learn Creative Engagement Strategies that support the Teaching of Assertiveness Communication that enhance the ability to support system-involved youth towards improved outcomes through fostering their resilience and help them heal from traumatic events.

3:45-4:20pm  Explore Processes of Coaching System Involved on Assertiveness Communication while roleplaying with colleagues and how it works to build rapport and redirect the system-involved youth energy towards behavioral change

4:20-4:30pm  Wrap Up & Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Mr. Robert Dousa is the founding Managing General Partner of Independent Strengths Building Consulting. This business includes: Individual Anger Management & Addictive Behavior Recovery Coaching, Conducting training of: Situational Leadership/Strengths-Based Life Skills Coaching, Brief Intervention & Motivational Interviewing, Drug, Anger Management, & Family interventions, Neuroscience-Based Leadership & Rapport Building, & Organizational Prevention Strategy Consultation, & Mandated Reporter Training for CA. Mr. Robert Dousa's has retired from the Marin County Office of Education Safe Schools Department and is now providing individual life coaching, intervention coach training, and consulting to those supporting system involved youth. Prior to retirement, he developed the majority of his practice from his work as the Program Manager for the Oakland Unified School District’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs Intervention program from 2005 to 2021. Prior to that, he served as a substance abuse counselor in school districts in Alameda County, CA from 2000 to 2005.

This course meets the qualifications for (2.0) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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