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Discovering the T.A.Y. Way

Date: August 6, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

Location: Online

Register HERE.

Course Description: This course will provide an overview of key concepts, strategies, tools, and perspectives that can maximize effectiveness in working with, understanding, and communicating with transitional age youth. Topics covered will include developmental theories, basic brain and neurobiological processes, communication strategies, the shifting of roles, and practical tools to increase resilience, learning, and decision making skills. This presentation will be virtually facilitated, however, there will be the opportunity for brief discussion and questions, experiential activities, and sharing of practical applications of concepts.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe 2 of the developmental concepts presented and how they can inform their perspective about T.A.Y.

  • Demonstrate use of the “hand model” in explaining 3 critical parts and functions of the T.A.Y. brain

  • Identify 1 of the communications strategies discussed and make a plan to begin using it or use it more effectively in their work with T.A.Y.

  • List 4 distinct roles that they can take in their relationship with T.A.Y. and discuss factors that might influence them to shift their role

  • Select 2 of the concepts or tools presented for building important T.A.Y. skills and make a plan to implement them in their work with T.A.Y.

Target Audience: Anyone in the role of caregiving, providing social services, advocating, providing support, educating, counseling, or working with transitional age youth. This includes but is not limited to parents, volunteers, educators, mental and behavioral health providers, faith-based program staff, coaches, social workers, case managers, law enforcement officers, employers, and many others.

Presenter: Rex Sheridan, M.A., LMFT is the Clinical Director at San Pasqual Academy, a program in north county San Diego serving adolescents and transitional age youth in a residential education program. He has 17 years of experience working with various youth and T.A.Y. populations and 13 years in a management role which includes providing professional development training to parents, educators, staff, volunteers, and mental health providers. He holds an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

One of his strongest passions is helping parents, caregivers, and professionals of all kinds to more deeply understand young people at this critical point in their development and working to develop strategies and perspectives that enhance the quality of their relationships and services. Furthermore, he recognizes the significance and of developmental processes, attachment experiences, and trauma and the critical impact that these issues have across all domains of a young person’s life. Through this, he combines the knowledge obtained from available research, best practices, and practical experiences to provide informed, compassionate, and trauma sensitive support for those working with young people in our communities. His workshop and training style typically blends together presentation of concepts, experiential activities, practical application, and real illustrations and examples to increase knowledge and engagement of participants.

Additional Information:

A link to join the webinar will be sent after you register.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) when they fill out the follow-up survey. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Course meets qualifications for 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Units.  The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs.  CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  CEUs will be available after the webinar for a fee of $20.

For additional information please contact Kelly Flugum at 

Produced by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Victim Services Branch with funding made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act, 2015-VA-GX-0058.

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