Professional Development

Family League provides coaching and professional development focusing on a wide range of topics that move our partners and the community as a whole closer to realizing the vision of a Baltimore where children, youth and families have the opportunity to thrive. Participants in our workshops represent the diverse population of the City of Baltimore and the various needs of its residents.  We deliver the most current research and best practices to support well-designed, high-impact programs and activities.

We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year. All are free of charge to participants and open to anyone who wishes to attend. A brief list of upcoming trainings are listed below. To view the complete listing and register for our workshops, visit our Professional Development Calendar.


Please note: While all of our professional development offerings are free to the community, the organization will be invoiced a “missed session” fee of $50.00 if a participant does not attend a training for which they have registered, or does not to notify the Family League of their inability to attend within 48 hours of the scheduled training. Organizations will only be charged in the event of a “missed session” by an employee. If an agency fails to pay the missed session fee, their staff will no longer be able to access training offered by Family League of Baltimore. The 48 hour requirement does exclude extenuating circumstances such as a death in the family, serious medical emergency, programmatic emergency that would require the attendance of the registered individual, etc.

Our goal is to continue to maximize the professional development opportunities while reducing the large number of no show attendees we have experienced in the past. Thank you for your cooperation with this policy and hope that your staff continues to benefit from the opportunities that will be offered during the coming year.

Saturday, June 13th | 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Monday, June 16th | 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Content taught and reviewed will lead to a Red Cross First Aid/CPR 2-year certification for adult, child and infant.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a minimum of 10 participants needed for this training. If there are less than 10 registrants, you will receive an e-mail from Family League that the session has been cancelled. In the event of a cancelled session and the session can be rescheduled, you will receive an e-mail with the new training date.

Thursday, May 7th | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Course will prepare youth development workers to address the different levels of impact in youth sport systems (coaching, parents and families, sport organizations, community connections, and sport systems).

Thursday, April 30th | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Facilitation Skills workshops in FY20 to prepare youth development workers with techniques and practice to enhance their facilitation methods and skills.

This workshop is present via GoToTraining. Your GoToTraining link will be emailed 24 hours before this workshop. This link will give you access to sign in for your class 15 minutes prior to the scheduled Start Time.

Wednesday, June 10th | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Restorative Practices is more than just a set of processes and skills to build and repair communities.  Restorative practices is a mindset and a shift in thinking, away from traditional legal and criminal justice frameworks.  Being implemented in school systems across the U.S., Restorative Practices goes beyond the classroom and can transform the way you live and love those around you.  Come to this interactive workshop to learn about how you can make your life more restorative.

Friday, May 8th | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Workshops engage participants in active learning that provides tools, materials, considerations, and techniques to ensure cultural awareness and sensitivity when designing curricula.

Saturday, May 2nd | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mental Health First Aid® is an 8-hour national certification course that is designed to teach the layperson the skills to recognize the signs of a mental health or substance use disorder crisis, identify community resources, and link individuals in need of treatment and support to the proper resources. An in-person skill based course, you will learn a 5- step action plan that can be used to help those in need.The 5-step action plan, ALGEE, includes: Assess for risk of suicide or harm, Listen nonjudgmentally, Give reassurance and information, Encourage appropriate professional help ,Encourage self-¬help and other support strategies. Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive a 3 year certification. Social work CEU’s are also available upon request.

Tuesday April 21st | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday May 19th | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday June 23rd | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This workshop provides an overview of the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework. The workshop will offer key definitions, a discussion of the levels of accountability, a breakdown of performance measures by type, and an overview of turn the curve thinking. The training will offer guidance to attendees on how to quickly get from talk to action so that programs can better tell the story of their work and begin to figure out if anyone is better off. Participants will experience a mix of lecture, group activities, and individual practice throughout the session.

*Your GoToTraining link will be emailed 1 day before this workshop. This link will give you access to sign in for your class 15 minutes prior to the scheduled Start Time.

Saturday, April 25th | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Friday, June 26th | 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Service Delivery and ACEs is a deep in-depth look into the indicators that cause Adverse Childhood Experiences and how individuals who provide service delivery can be directly or indirectly causes of those indicators.

*This training will be provided virtually via GoToTraining. Your GoToTraining link will be emailed 24 hours before this workshop. This link will give you access to sign in for your class 15 minutes prior to the scheduled Start Time.*

Tuesday, April 21st | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

*This supplemental training is intended only for those that have completed the full Advancing Youth Development 5-part course.**

**This is a certificate training. Participants must complete the full 3-part course in order to receive their certificate. If you are not seeking a certificate, you may take any of the trainings independently.**

Supervising Youth Development Practice is a certificate program designed for supervisors and managers of youth programs. SYDP is part of a national training developed by the National Training Institute for Community Youth Work (NTI), at the Academy for Educational Development (AED). It is based on the principle that every youth worker’s goal should be to develop youth and to challenge them to achieve their highest potential – not to fix them. It provides the theory, practice, and outcomes of quality youth development projects. SYDP focuses on increasing the capacity of supervisors to provide effective leadership to support their youth development staff.

Participants in Session 1 will learn:
the key concepts of youth development research, theory, and practice;
the stages of youth development; and
youth outcomes.

Your GoToTraining link will be emailed 24 hours before this workshop. This link will give you access to sign in for your class 15 minutes prior to the scheduled Start Time.

Wednesday, April 29th | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

This workshop will prepare youth development workers by highlighting the ways in which we all enjoy privilege based on being members of social and personal identity groups. The goal of the workshop is to identify specific ways we can use our privilege to create a more just and caring world where each person is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

This class will be provide via GoToTraining. Your GoToTraining link will be 24 hours before this workshop. This link will give you access to sign in for your class 15 minutes prior to the scheduled Start Time. 

Friday, May 1st | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Jennifer McDowell will facilitate White Fragility sessions that will help white people understand their role in racism and how their response can perpetuate or reverse effects of racism.

Thursday, April 23rd | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

This session will prepare youth development workers to address one or several of the eight dimensions of wellness (physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, occupational, financial, and environmental) for overall health and wellness.