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André Norman

Andre Norman, motivational speaker, inspirational coach, and author.

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Trainings

Andre delivers trainings for youth/juvenile staff. The trainings provide staff with tools and skills to increase effectiveness.

Understanding Family Dynamics teaches staff how to deliver the Family Dynamics workshop. Often, young people have conflicted feelings about their family members that they do not fully explore. Family Dynamics allows the youth to explore how they relate to their family members and vice-versa. This is an important step toward establishing or reestablishing bonds between youth and their families.

Motivating Youth provides four easy ways that staff can motivate youth to be responsive to programming.

Supporting Goals teaches staff how to support and encourage youth to develop and pursue their goals. This workshop also helps staff to support one another in reaching their goals with respect to working with youth in detention.

Working with youth in detention centers can be stressful, generating burnout. Motivating Staff helps staff to be re-energized and re-engaged in their goal of helping youth.

Being a Caring Adult teaches staff the difference between being a staff person and being someone who is cherished and respected by the youth. The latter are those whom youth approach for counsel and advice, while staff are people who work in a center.

Community Connections teaches staff how to reach out beyond the detention center into the community to connect with organizations such as schools, probation, and other juvenile service providers. Doing so helps staff provide their youth with wraparound services.

Program Design teaches staff five easy steps to take ideas and turn them into effective, long-term programs that serve youth.

Understanding Youth Culture teaches staff about the trends, fads, technology, music, clothes and gear that affect the youth in detention. It is important to bridge the divide between adults and youth. Understanding youth culture is a way to do this.

Facilitating Groups is a seven-point plan that addresses groups dynamics and mediating disputes that arise during group meetings.

Home Visits/Beyond the Center teaches staff how to visit youth in their home settings. It lays out best practices for this critical component to working with youth.

Teaching Johnny to Want to Learn provides staff with specific techniques for working with a young person who is adverse to learning and is disruptive of others’ learning.

We have gifts that are underutilized. Gifts helps each staff member to identify his/her gifts and how they can be used to improve their work and the lives of the youth.

Men Working with Girls lays out the advantages and disadvantages of this situation. If done correctly, this can be highly effective. If done incorrectly, the results can be disastrous. This training aims for the former outcome, identifying best practices and safeguards for all involved.

Leadership Development trains staff to be leaders who accept responsibility and are able to innovate, create and be more effective in their work. It also trains staff to work as part of a team, recognizing that being a team leader is a critical part of developing leadership.

Emotions: Anger/Stress/Depression shows staff how to deal with youth who exhibit these behaviors. It also shows staff how to recognize these emotions in their co-workers. Working with high-risk youth can generate negative feelings. What does staff do when a youth dies or experiences some other type of traumatic event? Staff need support in processing difficult emotions in order to be effective at their jobs.

Communication/Listening teaches staff how to listen and communicate effectively with both staff and youth. It shows how to best be understood. These skills are critical given the nature of the work.

Faith-Based Programs is about understanding, working with, dealing with, and implementing faith-based programs. The training lays out the rewards and challenges of such programming.