This classroom-based, interactive training will teach home visitors best practices for working with pregnant and parenting adolescents. They will explore their own values, beliefs and biases about serving pregnant and parenting teens and will identify ways to use this information to improve home visiting services. Participants will learn the differences between teen and adult parenting and learn to identify and respond to mental health issues in teens. The training also covers risk and protective factors, basics of adolescent development and learning styles.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define values and identify one’s own core values
  2. Discuss how values support or don’t support interactions with others
  3. Identify at least three ways to address bias-based interactions with others
  4. Review the basics of adolescent development including brain development, physical, emotional, cognitive, and social
  5. Discuss basic knowledge regarding mental health issues facing adolescents
  6. Identify seven major learning styles
  7. Discuss how learning style preferences affect adolescents
  8. Demonstrate understanding of motivational interviewing techniques
  9. Identify and discuss at least three risk and protective factors related to adolescent pregnancy
  10. Identify at least three myths youth hold regarding pregnancy
  11. Identify the role of family, father and community context with pregnant and parenting teens
  12. Recognize the impact of structural inequities that facilitate disparities in pregnancy rates
  13. Identify mental health issues specific to pregnant and parenting adolescents
  14. Review basic best practices with pregnant and parenting teens