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Lessons in TIME™


Supportive Adults of Transition-Aged Youth…

Prepare Your Transition-Aged Youth to Participate in and Lead Care Plans and Advocacy Events…

Safely and Effectively. 

Lessons in TIME™ teaches you how to be the best possible adult ally to Transition-Aged Youth.

This is a very interactive class, so to ensure you get the best experience, seats are limited.

Not sure if this is for you? Continue for more information.


In this 2-day 9-hour Intensive, you’ll learn how to:

  • Engage TAY by transforming into the best ally for youth

  • Empower TAY to reach their full potential by applying social learning

  • Increase youth success in achieving their goals by using Appreciative Inquiry and trauma-informed principles

  • Apply tools to identify hidden tokenism and build effective youth participation

  • Create safe/brave spaces for youth to learn and grow

  • Prepare and support youth to become highly effective advocates

Why enroll in Lessons in Trauma-Informed Methods of Engagement (TIME™)?
  • Youth/Family Coordinators

  • Independent Living Coordinators

  • Supervisors

  • Mental Health clinicians

  • Direct care staff and TAY practitioners

  • Peer Specialists 

  • Family and Young Adult Advocates 

  • Program Managers and Supervisors

  • Adult Allies who recruit and prepare TAY advocates

Any staff who are responsible for engaging, preparing, and supporting youth and young adults to actively participate in their care planning, advocacy events, youth speaking panels, groups, activities… and supervisors of those staff members.

Who is this training for?
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Who am I and what are my qualifications?

Hi, I’m Debra Cady, creator of the Lessons in TIME™ training program, co-author of the Trauma-informed Method of Engagement (TIME) for Youth Advocacy Model, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am a Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and national expert in the area of youth and young adults transitioning into adulthood with mental health challenges. 

I’ve trained on the TIME model for the last 12 years locally, nationally and internationally. Now I’ve taken it to the next level, a deeper dive into how to implement the TIME model. Learn more about the TIME Model.

Why should you participate in Lessons in TIME™?

Over the last 12 years, I've talked to TAYs and SAs from across the country who shared stories from the field about both successful and traumatic experiences of doing system change advocacy work. 

From the novice to the most trained and supported advocate, the practice of sharing lived experience publicly resulted in unintended negative consequences like re-experiencing feelings of fear, hopelessness, defeat, as well as flashbacks and in some cases, relapse.

You may have difficulty convincing TAYs to be advocates or to be leaders in their own care planning. You may have trouble with consistent TAY attendance or TAY interest in leading their care plan team or staying motivated to reach their goals. But you still want to support their success in any way you can.

This is why I created Lessons in TIME™… to address your need as supportive adults (SAs) effectively engage, prepare, and support TAYs to safely sit on or lead meetings, committees, boards, panels, etc. through a trauma-informed lens.

We all know that having youth voices represented in care planning and at advocacy events is one of the most important ingredients for changing the way systems respond to the needs and desires of the youth and young adults. 

It is critical to apply trauma-informed principles, given the effects that trauma can have on TAYs when sharing their lived experience in a public setting or in care plans.

Lessons in TIME™ participants who completed the training highly recommended their colleagues attend. Several communities have continued the learning through group consultation following the training.

Many participants reported decreased negative experiences, less tokenism, and higher levels of youth/young adult participation.


They experienced less stress, and devoted time and energy to strategies that work… not hurt. And I’d like to share some other positive takeaways from past students. Here are just a few of their takeaways from our Lessons in TIME™ Intensive… 

What are other professionals saying?
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“The training is a must for direct service and leadership staff who work with transition-age youth!!! Better engagement=improved outcomes!”

“The training is a great way to expand your knowledge and skills on how to be an advocate not only for Y/YA but, for yourself and the world around you. The training challenges you to think about how certain words and phrases may come across to others.”

“This is great for veteran and new workers.”

You will leave the training with new tools, new perspectives, and new strategies to minimize the negative impact of re-experiencing trauma.
More importantly, you will now know how to create the conditions necessary to scaffold learning for TAYs that will improve self-efficacy to help them continue to grow personally and professionally, whether they are advocating for themselves or systems change.

What is the investment?

Lessons in TIME™ is a 9 hour Mini-Course delivered in 2 5.5-hrs Classes, from 1:00pm - 6:30pm ET each concurrent day.

(There is a 30 min break after each 90 minutes of instruction)


There are no more classes available in 2021, call me to book dates that are convenient for your community.


Registration is $497 per student. 

The training is designed to be experienced online and virtual in the comfort of your own home or office.  

Because this is an Intensive with lots of interactive content and breakout room activities, the seats for any particular session are limited.

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Lessons in TIME

Looking for more information about Lessons in TIME, or would like to customize the program for your organization? Let's connect!

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Debra Cady



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