Past Trainings

On-site and virtual trainings and workshops

List of Past Trainings

RurAL CAP staff and partners offer professional training for youth serving professionals, volunteers, and supportive adults.  We host several training events each year and offer travel scholarships pending funding availability.

2018-2021:  The following past training events are in ascending order with the most recent date shown below.

Feb. 4, 11, 18


Teen Speak:  Adolescent-Focused Motivational Interviewing

ABOUT EVENT:  Join us for a three-part interactive virtual workshop designed to help professionals and parents focus on improving adult-teen communication to reduce risky behaviors and build strong family relationships.  Learn and develop motivational interviewing strategies to assist in identifying youth risks, and apply effective communication tools needed to motivate teens to start making healthier choices. 

December 16-17


Healthy Relationship Plus Program

ABOUT EVENT:  This training will focus on a brief overview of utilizing the Healthy Relationships Plus Program (HRPP) curriculum to provide education to youth and young adults on the prevention of violence through the promotion of positive, healthy relationships. HRPP is aimed for facilitation of small groups (6-25 youth) and has been enhanced to include a strengthened focus on mental health and suicide prevention, and drug and alcohol use. The training will cover background on the curriculum, topical overview,  various facilitation strategies to engage youth in the curriculum lessons and open discussion for questions on facilitation, cultural adaptions and more.

February 12

January 29



ABOUT EVENT:  Wendy DeGraffenried, president and owner of Path of the Heart, Inc. is a school nurse at Wasilla Middle School.   She travels the globe teaching Adverse Childhood Experiences, resiliency building, body-brain strategies, and mindfulness practices. Participants will discover the positive impacts of mindfulness, participate in mindful strategies, learn how to access multiple resources, and how to integrate mindfulness into trauma-sensitive cases.



Alaska Seeds of Change

2019 A recorded webinar

ABOUT EVENT:  Ryan Witten from Alaska Seeds of Change gives us an insight of his program in promoting youth skill-building through employment and promoting a culture of self-development. 

August 13-15


Circle Facilitator

ABOUT EVENT:  Our communities utilized the Circle process for many things with different methods, names, and protocol.  It is vital to create balance in our communities and support overall health and wellness.  The circle is not only approved by our Ancestors, but is also an evidence-based tool that has been proven a useful tool in juvenile delinquency, alcohol/substance abuse, and conflict resolution. 



Rural Providers’ Conference

ABOUT EVENT:  The RPC is a cultural celebration of the Alaska Native Sobriety Movement – an opportunity to share information, address substance abuse, support recovery and promote wellness. 

April 9-11


Circle Peacemaking

ABOUT EVENT:  The goal of this training is to provide a three-day interactive and informational presentation on the Circle Peacemaking.  Participants will learn and share the intentions, philosophies, and styles of different approaches to using a Circle for restorative practices, and identify a path aligned with their community’s value of supporting Alaska Native youth while restoring overall community wellness. 




ABOUT EVENT:   Calricaraq, translated “Healthy Living”, is a culturally-based program utilizing Yup’ik culture, values, and traditions to address behavioral health issues from a holistic, indigenous approach.

January & March


Growing Healthy Youth

ABOUT EVENT:  Tara Christiansen-Stiller is the presenter for this training.  She will be sharing her knowledge of nutrition and physical activity among Alaska Native families.



History & Hope

ABOUT EVENT:   Discover useful tools and resources that were referenced during the History and Hope: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilience, & Being Trauma-Informed presentation.



National Tribal Youth Conference

ABOUT EVENT:   The OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center held the 2018 National Tribal Youth Conference from December 3-4, 2018 with the theme, “Reclaiming the Sacred Circle: Justice and Healing for Tribal Youth through Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment.”

The Resource Basket

This is a RurAL CAP affiliated program.