ARISE Life Skill Lessons and Staff Training

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Evidence-Based Life Skills Lessons and Professional Staff Training
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2 Day Life Skills Instructor Certification Training scheduled for

February 8th and 9th, 2018

Camelback Resort
301 Resort Drive
Tannerville, PA 18372
Trainer: Judy Lyons

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ARISE For Change Training

ARISE received a grant from the Justice Grants Administration in District of Columbia to do a Demonstration Project titled. “ARISE for Change”.

ARISE for Change combines the evidence-based practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI) with the ARISE Drop It at the Door training to provide youth and staff with effective communication skills.

The aim of ARISE for Change:

Increasing pro-social outcomes of youth; decreasing the number of youth entering the juvenile justice system and reducing the number of youth that recidivate.

The ARISE for Change is a three day training program for staff and 28 one hour youth sessions.

Some of the training topics are:

  • Positive Youth and Staff Development
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Employing Empathy
  • Reflective Listening
  • Promoting Change Talk
  • Rolling with Resistance
  • How Your thoughts Affect Your Behavior

Staff Training

The staff training is designed to build supportive relationships where staff listen, engage and positively influence the youth to work through the stages of change model. High-risk youth need staff that are empathetic and can guide them through positive change processes. We are providing skills to facilitate effective goal setting and pro-social change processes

During the staff training, participants learn:

      1. The importance of values
      2. How change works
      3. The power of choice
      4. How to enhance internal change
      5. Rapport building and collaboration
      6. Ways to handle anger and stress in their lives
      7. Skills to engage and influence others


How Staff Felt about the Training

  1. B.P., House of Seven Steps: “The training was very informative, eye opening and it allowed me to look into myself.”
  2. C.E., House of Seven Steps: “The activity What Would I Like to Change in My Life impacted me the most. I am better able to drop my issues at the door after this training. I also now realize I have a choice when I react to stress and anger.”
  3. A.G., Renaissance House: “This training exceeded my expectations. I plan to use this information at work and at home. I learned tools that can help me handle angry situations.”
  4. D.W., Comfort House: “This training exceeded my expectations. Living in the red zone (frustration, stress, anger) or the blue zone (peace, happiness) made a strong impact on me.”

Youth Sessions

The sessions for youth enhance their readiness to change their behavior by learning to decrease negative behavior, listen reflectively, express themselves and make more pro-social choices.

One lesson that is completed in the first few sessions involves identifying changes the youth want to make. Then they work on achieving these changes throughout the youth sessions.

During the youth sessions, participants learn:

  1. The importance of values
  2. How change works
  3. The power of choice
  4. How to enhance internal change
  5. Rapport building and collaboration
  6. Ways to handle anger and stress in their lives
  7. Skills to engage and influence others
  8. How to work toward achievable goals

Some Changes the Youth talked about making during the sessions:


L.H.: “I need to change my decision making skills. If I don’t make better decisions I can be locked up again. If I make changes and I make better decisions, people will look up to me and will respect me. If I make better decisions younger kids can look up to me.”

This shows the facilitator that L.H. is thinking about change and has some motivation to change. For the rest of the sessions, decision making skills will be a theme that this young person works on.

S.I.: “I want to stop using drugs completely. When I smoke or do drugs, I trip out and I cannot focus on school. I have a baby and need to get a high school diploma. If I don’t change, I feel I will be killed or hurt.”

This shows the facilitator that S.I. is definitely thinking about change, and he is ready for a change plan. The first step is to understand that you need to change and what will happen if you don’t change. This was all youth-centered. Judy Lyons does not preach and teach; she uses reflective listening skills to allow the youth to feel safe in discussing where they are at that moment in time.

O.W.: “If I don’t make changes in my life, I will soon be over 18 and can be committed to the DC Jail.”

P.C.: “If I do change, my family will be happy and I can get a good job.”

O.W. and P.C. are thinking about change but are not at the same place as L.H. and S.I. They have not thought about specifically what they want to change. The next lesson will guide them to be more specific about the things they’re considering changing. They need to be guided through reflective listening and open-ended questions to decide on an area they most want to change. To help them understand the consequences of changing and not changing, in a previous session they learned the “ABC chain,” which allows them to look at actions they have taken.


ARISE For Change Training Evaluation


Look for results of this demonstration project to appear on our website in 2011

For more information about having ARISE for Change in your organization

call 1-888-680-6100

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