Staff Training Strategies: Working Effectively with Teenage Campers

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PRESENTER: Ethan Schafer, Ph.D.
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In this webinar, we will challenge common myths of adolescence, review the facts, and apply this information to camp staff training. Camp might be an especially important setting for today's teens, as camp forces young people out of their digital comfort zones and into real-life situations that encourage the development of interpersonal problem-solving skills, self-control, and citizenship.

By the end of this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Debunk common myths of adolescence and understand the facts,
  • Challenge the common, negative stereotypes of teenage behavior
  • Apply specific training strategies targeted to staff who work with teens

Presenter Bio:
Ethan D. Schafer, Ph.D. received his doctorate in child clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 2004. He earned his BA from the University of Michigan, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors in Psychology. Dr. Schafer is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Case, where he teaches classes in abnormal child psychology, psychological assessment of children, and human sexual behavior. He is licensed child clinical psychologist.  Dr. Schafer specializes in treating children and adolescents with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. Dr. Schafer consults with summer camps and local schools, conducting training and educational workshops for parents, teachers, camp counselors and staff, day care staff, and other child care professionals.  

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Core Competencies: 
Human Resources Management
Youth and Adult Growth and Development
Professionalism and Leadership
Program Planning