What is the importance of Essential Skills Training?

Essential Skills Training is the core of EnRich.  All programming incorporated into EnRich are required to participate in Essential Skills Training. Essential Skills is an amalgamation of life skills, job readiness, and a trauma-sensitive practice termed Motivational Interviewing. Through multiple restoring and resilient methods, Ƶ contests both adverse and positive experiences of trauma that participants have suffered from and it teaches the important skills that are needed for optimal success in work, learning, and life. Essential Skills teach one to articulate their concerns and desires but restores the confidence and balance of being themselves. It helps people properly prepare for employment opportunities, communicate effectively during job interviews, how to dress for success, and grow and successfully develop in diverse environments. All facilitators have been training and certified in Trauma Informed Practices and each session provided for participants incorporates the key components of essential employment skills, but it is framed from the four directions that portray universal human needs for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. We find these dimensions within the Circle of Courage.

This unique model integrates the cultural wisdom of tribal peoples, the practice wisdom of professional pioneers with late bloomers, troubled youth, and findings of modern youth development research.  These are the foundations for psychological resilience and positive human development which is essential for promising young adults and the formally incarcerated. Adolescence is a socially constructed concept. In pre-industrial society, children were considered adults when they reached physical maturity, but today we have an extended time between childhood and adulthood called adolescence. Adolescence is the period of development that begins at puberty and ends at emerging adulthood, or into the mid- to late 20s. In the United States, adolescence is seen as a time to develop independence from parents while remaining connected to them. The typical age range of adolescence is from 12 to 18 years, and this stage of development also has some predictable physical, cognitive, and psychosocial milestones. We use the Circle of Courage to challenge the brain because the adolescent brain remains under development when it hasn’t been confronted with essential adult responsibility.

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