Professional Training Institute (for youth development workers)

Expert knowledge in reaching our most vulnerable youth.

Each year The Door serves 11,000 young people from all over New York City. The Door is unique because of its ability to meet the complex needs of New York City’s disconnected youth. No other organization provides the range of services we do, all in one place, with guaranteed confidentiality.

Now, The Door is making key knowledge gained while serving these youth available to all youth workers. Please be aware that this program is for professional youth service workers. If you are a young person who is looking for employment training, please visit our Jobs & Internships page.

Welcome to The Door’s Professional Training Institute

**We’re on hiatus, creating brand new workshops.  Check back with us in a January 2019 for updates on our spring events.**

*The Door – A Center of Alternatives, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0183.  Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have been approved by the NYSED State Board for Social Work for the indicated contact hours.


Past workshops have included:

  • Successful High School Equivalency (HSE) Retention Strategies: Based on The Door’s highly successful High School Equivalency program, in this workshop participants will learn strategies for successfully assessing and helping students enter class successfully, developing student ownership and accountability, and leave with a teacher toolbox of classroom management techniques.
  • Effective Clinical Group Work: Mental Health Groups are an effective and lower threshold method for helping young people get connected to mental health services. This workshop will cover several strategies for making any group work as effective as possible including: engagement, setting expectations, group dynamics, retention and more.
  • Amplifying Youth Voices: Building Youth Leadership at Your Agency: Including youth voices and building youth leadership is an important part of any youth development agency. The Door’s peer health education and youth council staff will help participants explore the various levels of youth involvement including formal and informal systems.
  • Promoting College Access for Immigrant Youth: Immigrant and undocumented youth face specific and daunting challenges when it comes to applying for college. In this training, experts from The Door’s legal team and college advising team will walk you through what you need to know to help immigrant youth successfully navigate the confusing world of the college application process while overcoming immigration obstacles.  This will include discussing common forms of immigration relief as well as action steps to make the college application process more accessible to immigrant youth.
  • Arts as a Hook for Youth Development: Utilizing The Door’s innovative arts program as a model, participants will learn strategies for using arts programs to engage young people in more intensive services and discuss why arts programming can help young people stabilize and provide more therapeutic advantages.
  • Interviewing Adolescents: The Door’s intake and Adolescent Health Center staff will share techniques, strategies, and evidence-based methods for creating safe and comfortable environments in which to interview adolescents and gather comprehensive information from living environment to sexual histories, and other sensitive information.
  • Working with LGBTQ+ Youth: This training will serve to provide space for participants to examine gender in their own lives and the ways that perceptions and assumptions around gender can be harmful to the people we interact with. The goals of this training are to better equip educators, youth workers, and other service providers to uplift and support LGBTQ+ young people in various contexts (school, afterschool, community centers). Through providing language, resource sharing, strategies and tools, participants will be able to leave with tangible deliverables and action steps to their respective workspaces.