Helping Kids Problem Solve to be Taught in Northwest Indiana Workshop

By: Indiana Youth Institute Last Updated: March 9, 2010

Children in today’s society are faced with obstacles and difficulties every day that can be avoided if they choose to solve problems in the correct manner. indiana-youth-instituteThe Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is offering youth workers in Northwest Indiana an opportunity to learn fundamental ways to help children become better problem-solvers.

School counselors, case managers, probation/juvenile justice professionals, foster parents, youth ministers, mentors, afterschool program managers and others who impact the lives of youth in Northwest Indiana can register for the workshop, “Teaching Kids How to Problem Solve.” The workshop will be presented April 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (local time) at the Avalon Manor, 3550 US HWY 30, Merrillville, 46410.

The session will be taught by Dennis Bumgarner, director of the Chapel Hill Center for Brief Therapy in Indianapolis and one of IYI's most popular trainers. Bumgarner's training educates youth workers on places to start the problem-solving process, common problem-solving mistakes made by kids and ways to help children maintain change, once started. Armed with this knowledge, youth workers can transform themselves from mere advice-givers to engaged adults who help young people tap into their personal resources for changing as well as learning new approaches for problem-solving.

On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost of the training is $45, but individuals can save $5 by registering online with a credit card for this or other IYI trainings at Continuing Education Hours for the workshop are available through the National Association of Social Workers, the Indiana Association of Prevention Professionals, and the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators. Continuing Renewal Units (CRUs) are available for teachers, school counselors and other licensed school professionals.

Bumgarner is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist and has presented numerous training workshops for parents, therapists, counselors, school personnel, businesses and other organizations across the country on a variety of topics related to human behavior.

This workshop also will be presented in Indianapolis (supported in part by the W.C. Griffith Foundation), New Albany (supported in part by the Horseshoe Foundation), Evansville, South Bend and Fort Wayne. For more information about the workshops in those cities, go to

This training is supported in part by the Clowes Fund and the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation.

The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of children and youth by serving the institutions and people of Indiana who work on their behalf.