Our methods integrate both ancient wisdoms and traditions and modern learning and approaches. As an organization, we respond to the rapidly changing conditions of our world with practiced tools for connection and healing.
We begin by researching the best communication tools available for growth and development. In circle, we cultivate a connected, confidential, and inclusive space. In the presence of peers, one is seen for the truth of who they are and learns to deeply empathize with others. We can see and respect differing points of view, even if we do not agree.
Our faculty are highly-trained seasoned professionals. We guide each circle through a proven process of communication. Conflict is not avoided, instead used precisely and effectively to expand our own perspective. Growth, deep connection and healing are the result.
To be in relationship successfully takes practice and skill. Our Teen Talking Circle Facilitator Trainings are a transformative journey through research-based education, clear systems and immersive, experiential practice. We have been training Circle Facilitators for decades on how to communicate with depth of connection, navigate triggers from their own teen years, create sacred space, hold a circle and accelerate mutual growth for participants. Youth learn to take the skills they learn in circle outside circle into all their relationships; with parents, teachers, friends, and in their communities.
TTC offers an Introductory 4-day Teen Talking Circle Facilitator Training, as well as more advanced trainings, multiple times a year. Anyone can facilitate a circle if they have the desire and are willing to do their own work. Our participants have included: therapists, mentors, counselors, parents, coaches, teachers, and youth serving organization leaders.
The skills and practices of circle, learned in our workshops and trainings, can be used by anyone, anywhere at anytime. When we realize how simple and rewarding it is to build real connection, we can’t help but practice these skills everywhere we go.
We are born in relationship,
wounded in relationship,
& healed in relationship
—Helen LaKelly Hunt
Over the past 25 years, we have trained hundreds of teen talking circle facilitators. Our trainings and additional workshops and retreats prepare you to start and lead successful teen talking circles in your community -- or lead circle of any age group or constellation. Upon completion of the TTC Facilitator's Training and once you have successfully run teen circles, you will be listed in our Directory. Dates for Level 1 & 2 trainings will be listed in early 2020.
TTC facilitators basic TRAINING: Level 1
Level One is a 4-day Facilitation training. It is an opportunity to learn from the ground up how to start and run a Teen Talking Circle in your community, school, or youth serving organization.
You will learn the principles, history and guiding values undergirding our philosophy and mission. You’ll gain an understanding of how to establish a circle, interest participants, and teach the basic processes and skills.
The basic training is designed to be deeply experiential and concretely educational. Through sharing your story about your own teen years you’ll identify the issues and challenges you still carry from them that would affect your role as a facilitator.
You will learn how to create safe space, set agreements, and model effective speaking and listening practices that nurture compassion, acceptance, understanding, introspection, conflict resolution and so many other necessities needed for thriving relationships. You’ll understand the value of role modeling important human skills, such as being able to sit in the fire of discomfort, explore the shadow side of ourselves, and celebrate our gifts and challenges. Through this process, you will hone your intuitive skills as well as your leadership skills.
By understanding and practicing the latest in the field of human development, you will strengthen your competency at holding the kind of transformational space which is healing and essential for young people to expand their perspectives, nurture their self-esteem, and create healthy relationships, as well as inspire them to realize their path to fully realizing their gifts, strengths, and capacities as human beings.
TRAIN THE TRAINER
TTC continuing growth training: Level 2
Level Two allows you to take the practices you’ve learned in Level One to a much deeper level of personal growth.
Over the past twenty-six years doing teen circles and facilitator trainings, we have learned that in order to successfully lead a teen circle, an adult facilitator needs to do his or her own work. Getting unstuck from systemic paradigms that affect our capacities to create evolutionary relationships and express our full humanity changes our lives. This takes courage and work to shift our consciousness and behavior. In Level Two, we delve deeply inside ourselves.
A teenager will only go as far as the facilitator can go in terms of listening and holding whatever they are going through. By doing your own work on the issues you carry from your own teen years, you become an effective facilitator.
We all need to practice the skills we teach in teen talking circles — compassionate listening, reflection, presence, the ability to “sit in the fire,” be real, tell the truth, and resource our capacities that foster thriving and sustainable relationships.
All of us are in the same boat, teens and adults alike — we all live in the same world with the same meta issues. We all have to do our own work in order to walk our talk.
The Level Two Training is the place we get to do the work we must do in order to be that kind of adult in the world.
After both the Level One and Level Two training you will be paired with a member of your training cohort for continued support and practice.
The Train the Trainer Program
The TtT Program is a two-year intensive for seasoned circle facilitators to join the TTC organization as independent and/or contractually hired TTC Facilitator Training Leaders.
Our first TtT Cohort has been meeting a full year (2019). The participants are ready to begin assisting our lead facilitators next year, 2020.
If you are a TTC trained facilitator, running circles, contact us to apply to be part of the 2022 Train the Trainer Program.