Building Developmental Relationships

There is compelling evidence that as many as 40% of America’s youth feel lonely. How is this possible when we’ve heard for years that “relationships matter?” It could be that adults need more support in building the right kind of relationships with young people and helping them to build better relationships with their peers. 
Powerful new evidence from the field of social science is now helping adults to build connections with young people that lead to stronger developmental relationships.  In today’s training we will explore practical skills and strategies to help understand what these relationships are made of and how to build these kinds of relationships more effectively….in normal circumstances and in our current Covid 19 times.  
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the key elements of a developmental relationship
  • Reflect on their own interactions with young people, identifying personal strengths and areas for growth
  • Identify specific strategies to use in their work with young people right away
CYC Certification Competency Domain:  Relationship & Communication
1 Class Hour

Created by

Tim Duffey

Tim Duffey, M.Ed., is president and co-founder of Bolster Collaborative, Inc., an organization committed to improving the practice of frontline professionals and volunteers serving children and youth. He serves as Training Specialist for the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, funded by the U. S. Department of Education. In this capacity he has led development of the Center’s School Climate Webinar Series and numerous training toolkits, including resources on strengthening relationships and addressing bullying behavior of young people.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Child and Youth Care Practice (ACYCP) and has previously served as a Director of Guidance and a secondary school counselor in both public and private education.


Rose Ann Renteria

Rose Ann Renteria, PhD, is the Director of Research and Evaluation for PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families in Annandale and Fairfax, VA, and Laurel, MD. She is committed to providing support without judgement to youth and caregivers seeking educational, life skills, and thriving opportunities, and believes that we all benefit from helping children, youth and their caregivers feel safe, secure, and nurtured. Rose Ann oversees outcomes, program evaluation, and performance management at PHILLIPS, and trains on protective factors nationally. She received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.