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Promoting Youth Mental Well-Being by Building Social Emotional Learning Skills

Wed July 26th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT


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About This Webinar:

Webinar #3 of 4 in the Military Youth: Protecting and Promoting Resilience and Well-Being webinar series.

The pandemic and other large-scale disruptions (i.e., natural disasters, economic downturns, political turmoil, health disparities, racial unrest) pose challenges to youth mental well-being. Now more than ever, young people need to build resilience and coping skills, maintain strong and supportive relationships, and practice self-care strategies to buffer against the negative effects of stress, loss, and trauma. 

There is a growing consensus that social-emotional learning (SEL) provides an overarching framework to promote military-connected youth well-being and resilience. In this webinar, Dr. Dale Blyth and Dr. Kate Walker describe SEL and share practical strategies and resources to support youth thriving.


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Dr. Dale Blyth

Dr. Dale Blyth is a senior research consultant and advisor who recently retired as an Extension Professor in the College of Education & Human Development at the University of Minnesota, where he served as the Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Development Leadership and Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. Recently he led an initiative to advance social & emotional learning outcomes. His research focuses on access to, participation in, the quality of and outcomes from non-formal learning opportunities in communities and the use of data in policy and practice. Recently he led an initiative to advance social and emotional learning outcomes in collective impact efforts.In his current roles, Dr. Blyth is a senior advisor and consultant on various projects where his experience in bridging research and practice, change management, and shaping the fields of youth development and non-formal learning can be utilized to make a difference.

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Dr. Kate Walker

Dr. Kate Walker is an Extension Professor and Specialist in Youth Work Practice at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. She studies the role that adult program leaders, staff and volunteers play in supporting youth development in programs. She also leads professional development aimed at supporting and improving youth work practice. This includes training on social and emotional learning and on the dilemmas that practitioners face in their everyday work with young people.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

This webinar is being submitted for the following continuing education (CE) credits:

  • Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA): This program is awaiting approval by The Patient Advocate Certification Board to provide continuing education credit to Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). The course is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE contact hours, of which 0.0 are in the area of Ethics.
  • Case Manager (CCMC):  This program is awaiting approval for 1.5 hours by the Commission for Case Manager Certification for board-certified case managers.
  • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE):  This program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for 1.5 CE credits for CFLEs.
  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This course is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS.
  • Certified Nutrition & Wellness Educator (CNWE): This course is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CNWE.
  • Social Work, LPC, LMFT (UT):  Programming is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE credits for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK. 
  • Certificates of Attendance:  Available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.

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