Tue, March 12, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Power of Circles in OST – VIRTUAL

Do you want to help youth process their emotions so they can better handle situations that arise? Do youth in your program need a way to connect and reflect so they feel like they belong? Circles in the OST environment can help build the relationships and skills youth need to support one another and successfully face challenges. This training will go over the basics and show you, step by step, how to facilitate meaningful circles with youth in your program.

Upon successful completion of this training, the participant will earn 2 clock hours (.2 CEUs) of training.

Training Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Define the components of effective circle practices in OST.
  2. Explain the ways in which circles can be used with youth to meet various needs.
  3. Develop a plan to facilitate a meaningful circle with youth.

Core Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies Addressed (CKSCs):

Learning Environments and Curriculum

Physical Environment and Activities

Apply – G. Creates environments and experiences to value, affirm, and respect diverse needs, abilities, experiences, and backgrounds.

Relationships and Interactions with Children and Youth

Enhancing Group Experiences

Identify – D. Identifies child/youth abilities and corresponding positive guidance techniques to support successful group experiences.

Apply – C. Plans and guides group activities to teach children and youth cooperation and collaboration.

Youth Engagement Voice and Choice

Skills and Competencies 

Apply – A. Encourages youth to express their ideas and feelings support healthy development, meaningful relationships, and program quality.

Equity and Inclusion

Inclusive and Accessible Physical and Social Spaces

Apply – A. Creates an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment for all.

Primary QIS Scales Addressed:

I. Safe Environment

I-E.: Creating Safe Space

II. Supportive Environment

II-G: Emotion Coaching

III. Interactive Environment

III-K.: Sense of Belonging

III-L.: Fostering Teamwork-

III-M.: Promoting Responsibility and Leadership

III-N.: Cultivating Empathy