Keeping the 'Interactive' in Interactive Activities

You are leading a training and all is going well. Having just finished offering a piece of content, you move into an activity meant to help participants engage with the material on a deeper level. The energy in the room comes up as the smaller groups have robust conversation during the activity.
Then it’s time to debrief. As you ask each group to report their work to the larger group, the energy level suddenly plummets. While groups starting reporting, everyone else seems to check out. Some people look at their phones, others just look bored or confused. What’s going on? How can you pull everybody back?
This webinar focuses on how trainers can improve their ability to design and facilitate activities that stimulate interaction and engagement.  It explores a variety of techniques designed to strengthen interactive opportunities and offers tools and techniques designed to maintain audience engagement during activities and activity debriefs.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Increase your ability to read audience engagement and offer activities to enhance their learningReview the four elements of happiness at work: PERK – Purpose, Engagement, Resilience and Kindness.
  • Explore a few techniques designed to strengthen interactive opportunities
CYC Certification Competency Domain: 
Developmental Practice Methods 
1 Class Hours
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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.


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.