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Girl-Centered Practice - Two-Day Certification  

The two-day Certificate in Girl-Centered Practice builds on the concepts presented in the Level 1 Seminar on Girl-Centered Practice. Participants must complete Level 1 before beginning Level 2.

Course Description

Through interactive activities, case studies, and personal reflection, participants will begin to apply the theory learned in Level 1 to the practice of developing a girl-centered culture within an organization. Participants will explore:

  • How to create safety for girls and staff in girl-serving programs
  • Effective ways to include and elevate the voices of girls and young women in assessment processes
  • Implementing assessment and continuous improvement in girl-serving programs

In addition, participants will be trained on concrete tools to help them develop lasting and effective girl-centered changes to organizational practices, including:

  • Girl-Centered Assessment Protocol
  • The SAVVY Sister manual, containing girl-centered lessons that may be used for individual therapy, psycho-educational groups, and care management

An end-of-course exam will be required for successful completion of the certification. Participants who achieve the certification will have the skills to develop a strategic plan to implement girl-centered practice at the policy and procedure level and to develop a positive performance system.

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About the Girl-Centered Institute

The Girl-Centered Institute (GCI) is a partnership between the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Voices for Florida Girls, the University of North Florida Division of Continuing Education, and the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative. This innovative training program educates participants about effective, research-based practices for addressing the needs of girls and young women who have experienced trauma and/or been impacted the juvenile justice system.

Courses in the Girl-Centered Institute are designed to enhance the skills of professionals and students in the fields of education, social services, child protection, mental health, and juvenile justice, as well as volunteer mentors, coaches, and leaders involved with girl-serving organizations. GCI participants will become more effective in including girls’ voices in their work by learning strategies for translating research into policies, processes, programs and services that emphasize the safety, dignity, and growth of girls.

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