Families Thrive Virtual Course

Spring 2021

Families Thrive brings together the latest research on child development, brain biology, and the impact of trauma on development to help young people, parents, caregivers, and professionals understand and respond to youth and their caretakers in ways that increase engagement and the likelihood of healthy developmental outcomes.
An integrated curriculum combining CSSP’s Strengthening Families™ and Youth Thrive™, Families Thrive devotes a module to each of the protective and promotive factors – knowledge of child development, social connections, cognitive & social/emotional competence, concrete supports in times of need, and resilience – and teaches practical techniques for applying the framework in programs, practices, and communities.
This training is offered as a virtual course scheduled for 3.5 hours each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between January 6 through February 19, 2021. Please click here for the complete detailed class schedule. 
What you will need:
  • A laptop or desktop computer or large tablet. You will be looking at Zoom and Google documents at the same time for activities, so cell phones and small tablets won’t work well.
  • Your computer needs to have a webcam (if possible), microphone, and speakers. Headset or earbuds can be helpful but are not required.
  • Stable high-speed internet connection
  • The ability to access Zoom and Google Drive. (Some businesses block employees’ access to shared folders, so please check with your IT person). We will send the links for Zoom once you register. The Google Drive links are given when you go into activities during the classes. 
  • The most up to date version of Zoom. Click here to download it onto your device (https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting )
  • A workspace large enough to accommodate the computer and your participant and training manuals.
  • Comfortable chair and an environment that will allow you to focus 
  • Pencil/pen, paper and post-it notes for activities and note-taking. You will also have note-taking space in your participant manual.
CYC Certification Competency Domains:
Professionalism, Cultural & Human Diversity, Applied Human Development, Relationship & Communication, and Developmental Practice Methods   
This course is available at Practitioner level and Training of Trainers Level. If you would like the Training of Trainers level, please register for Participant Level and we will bill you for the additional $400 for the Training of Trainers (additional materials and hours). Questions? Click here to email us
35.5 Class Hours for Participant Level

Families Thrive

Protective  and Promotive Factors to Enchance THRIVING for All Children, Youth, & Families

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Created by

Cindy Carraway-Wilson

Cindy has a master’s degree in psychology from Duquesne University and is a certified Child and Youth Care practitioner at the professional level through the Child and Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB). Cindy is currently the Director of Training at Youth Catalytics and the President of CYCCB’s Board of Directors.
Cindy has extensive experience in the human services field as a youth worker, mental health therapist, program director, and trainer/facilitator. Before becoming a full-time trainer, Cindy worked as a counselor in an intensive treatment unit, as a mental health therapist, in a temporary shelter crisis nursery and adolescent shelter, and as a program/clinical director for an adolescent shelter and crisis intervention outreach program. Cindy is co-editor of the Families Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for All Children, Youth, & Families training and has been centrally involved in its development.
Cindy has facilitated a variety of training on topics including Positive Youth Development, LGBTQ topics, outcome measurement, supervision, and self-care for professional and organizational development and strategic planning. She is a certified trainer for the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development, the Academy for Educational Development, trainer of facilitators for Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® and certified to teach the Youth Thrive™ curriculum. Cindy is a senior trainer for the Child and Youth Care: Foundations Course offered through the Academy for Competent Youth Work.
Cindy is also a certified comprehensively trained Pilates instructor and understands the value of applying a mind-body approach to professional development, health, and wellness.


Tammy Hopper

Tammy Hopper currently serves as the Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer for the National Safe Place Network. She has almost 30 years of experience working with and on behalf of youth via direct care, supervisory and clinical roles. As a youth care professional dedicated to positive systems change, Tammy has served as a lead advocate and coalition member of efforts at local, regional and national levels.


Frank Eckles

Frank splits his time between his role as Past President of the national Child and Youth Care Certification Board and facilitating growth for the hundreds of CYCs who engage in learning programs offered by the Academy for Competent Youth Work. Frank is the Academy’s Executive Director, author of the Child and Youth Care: Foundations Course, co-author of the Youth Thrive™: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development and Well-Being training, and a contributing editor of the Families Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for All Children, Youth, & Families training. He is also currently developing sailing and group programs for young people in transition aboard his 42′ sailboat Heart-to-Heart as part of the newly formed Ready about… Changing Courses.
Frank became a Fellow of the National Center for Innovation and Excellence in 2014, is the recipient of the National Staff Development and Training Association’s 2013 Career Achievement Award, and in 2009 he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Academy of Child and Youth Care Professionals. In 2006 and again in 2018 he received the President’s Award for “special achievement in the field of child and youth care” from the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice.