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Youth Change Workshops has been lucky enough to get a lot of praise and accolades for its Inservice trainings; books for counselors and teachers; Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver Blog and new online professional development classes. We’ve had so much attention that we’ve had to create an archive of past Youth Change news. Right now, you’re on our page for current news. So, If you are looking to learn even more about our innovative ideas for helping turnaround troubled and problem children and teens, stay tuned to the developments on this page.


Youth Change Workshops Partners with The Keynote Shop

youth mental health keynote speakerTo give conference planners even more choices, Youth Change Workshops is now working with an additional speakers bureau, The Keynote Shop.  The Keynote Shop is one of the best, go-to sources for the most remarkable keynote speakers and breakout workshop presenters. The Keynote Shop does all the leg work so the conference host doesn’t have to, saving planners time, money and all the hassle of managing presenter logistics. This new partnership is expected to bring Youth Change Workshops’ director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. to the podium for more K-12 school and student mental health conference events. Ruth is best known for her lyrical, roller coaster ride of a keynote, entitled “Doing the Impossible Just Takes a Little Bit Longer.” That keynote is the perfect motivational salve for education and mental health professionals who have been sorely tested by the pandemic and the mounting child, teen and family emotional challenges it engendered. As conferences begin to return from pandemic status,  look for Ruth’s keynote to come to your teacher, counselor, principal, juvenile justice or social work conference, institute, school professional development, university or inservice event. View Ruth’s featured keynote speaker listing on The Keynote Shop. January, 2022.


Youth Change’s
Online  Behavior and Trauma Professional Development Course
Featured On Education World

trauma sensitve teachingA recent Education World mailing featured Youth Change’s online Breakthrough course available through Education World affiliate S&S Learning. If you prefer to get your online courses from Education World, now you can our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop on their platform, as well as on ours. It’s the same popular course with 200 strategies for trauma, problem behavior, bad attitudes, disrespect, bullying, depression, work refusal, apathy and tardiness. If you purchase the course on our site, you can earn 1 grad credit or 10 clock hours too, and Washington State OSPI Hours for Teachers and Educators are available too.  The Education World version is available from their partner, S&S Worldwide and has clock hours and credit available, but not WA Teacher Hours. In addition, you can always catch the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth professional development course live, coming to Seattle, Washington this spring on April 23-24, 2020. Scholarships are offered for the live, in-person course. January, 2020.


Scholarships Available for April 2020

Seattle WA Behavior and Trauma Professional Development Inservice Workshop

special education keynoterA poor budget is no reason to miss being at the Youth Change Professional Development Workshops’ Seattle, April 23-24, 2020 Breakthrough Strategies Workshop. There are scholarships open to anyone with a bad budget but plenty of student behavioral, emotional and social problems. If you’re seeking to learn more about trauma-informed schools, Youth Change has been teaching on this topic for decades, long before it became a focal point recently for K-12 schools around the U.S. We’ll also be covering work refusal, bad attitudes, defiance, delinquency, apathy, non-compliance, truancy, ADHD and much more. You’ll learn 200 use-now strategies that work so much better than the conventional approaches you currently have. Workshop details are here. December, 2109



Scholarships Available for October

Portland, Oregon Professional Development Inservice Workshop

education keynote speakerYouth Change Professional Development Workshops has scholarships open for its October 10-11, 2019 Portland, Oregon training inservice workshop. To grab a work-study scholarship for this workshop, call 503-982-4220. A quick 5 minute call is all it takes to sign up. This is the one workshop that can solve it all. The Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop delivers 200 must-have strategies for problems like work refusal, delinquency, aggression, school failure, classroom management issues, behavioral problems, mental health challenges, truancy, disrespect, bad attitudes and much more. You name the problems, this powerhouse training workshop delivers immediate, use-now answers.   July, 2019.


Youth Change Workshop

Featured at New York Conference

K12 classroom management expertYouth Change Workshop’s director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. is the sole presenter at the first annual Plymouth Crossroads Presents event in upstate New York on August 22-23, 2019. Ruth is presenting Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Challenged Youth in Lancaster, New York. The seminar is a must-do for anyone who works with troubled, homeless, problem, violent, angry, failing, delinquent, traumatized, emotionally disturbed or struggling youth and adolescents. Direct questions to and register for the two day seminar with the conference sponsor, Plymouth Crossroads.  July, 2019.



Youth Change Partners with Go1,

An International Online Course Provider

teacher professional development presenter K-12Youth Change Professional Development Workshops has partnered with Go1, a major provider of online educational professional development courses in Australia and throughout the world. All of Youth Change’s online courses are included in the Go1 catalog. Go1 allows users to pay a flat fee to view unlimited courses, but other purchase options are also offered.   July, 2019.



It’s Time to Book Summer Inservice Training Workshops

summer inservice workshopsIt’s that time of year again. It’s time to book your summer inservice training for your school. Popular summer dates still remain but they may not last very long. If your staff struggle to engage unmotivated students, or are tired of spending precious instruction time on behavior management, then Youth Change’s Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop is the perfect solution. Taught by veteran author and instructor, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., this eye-opening, practical, problem-stopping workshop is packed with 200 ready-to-use, more effective classroom and behavior management strategies. This is the one workshop that can actually transform your classrooms, hallways and playgrounds for the better. Your staff name the most persistent and serious social, emotional and behavior problems that their students present and we name the solutions. Click for more information on hosting on-site summer inservice training workshopsClick to read our flyer describing our popular summer school inservice training workshop.  April, 2019.



South Dakota Special Education Teacher Conference

Features Youth Change Director’s Keynotes and Workshops

special education teacher conferenceIf you live near South Dakota, Youth Change Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. will be featured at the March 19-20, 2019 conference where she will give the opening and closing keynote addresses. She will also be presenting breakout training courses on students with conduct disorder who are very hard to manage. Her other breakout training workshops will focus on solutions for special education students who have motivation problems; and she is also scheduled to provide a training course offering effective classroom management strategies for sped teachers. Sign up to attend or read about this large, popular special education conference on the South Dakota Special Education Teacher Conference website. January, 2019.




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