Professional Development

All training and clinical consultation offered at RISE is done by Sara Newman. Sara has 20 years of experience working with youth and families in Milwaukee. Her education consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work. Since school she has remained current in the social work and mental health fields and has developed specialties in Trauma Informed Care, Commercial Sexualized Exploitation of Children, and issues related to juvenile delinquency. Her professional experience has been focused across settings such as schools, residential facilities, community-based settings, outpatient facilities as well as within Children’s Hospital of WI. Sara has successfully created and run crisis stabilization, mentoring and mental health programming in Milwaukee and has chosen to continue direct practice and currently maintains a case load of youth she provides therapy to. Throughout her career she has stayed true to her focus to serve the vulnerable.

The Clinical Side of Crisis and Mentoring

Examining family, individual and community dynamics and how these direct and impact the interventions and outcomes when working with our youth. This training also takes a closer look at some of the specific diagnoses we encounter with our youth and provides interventions appropriate to the level of a crisis worker or mentor or care coordinator. (4 hours)

Ethics and Boundaries

Provides a foundation about what ethics and boundaries are and the importance of maintaining a place in the ‘zone of helpfulness’ when working with clients. This training examines issues specifically related to working with youth and families and utilizes examples, stories and group interaction to illustrate and learn to navigate issues which will arise. (4 hours)

CSEC: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Understanding risk factors, the dynamics involved in recruitment and maintenance, prevention strategies and ways to effectively intervene with our youth. This is the program GEMS uses in New York City. I break this training up into two parts. (10 hours: divided into 2 or 3 parts)

How to Compete: Socialization, Media and Society’s Pressures

How can we as providers better understand the force society has in the lives of our youth. And, how understanding the dynamics and impact can direct intervention. (4 hours)

Self-Harm: Prevention and Intervention

Looks at the psychology behind self-harming behaviors, differentiates between self-harm and suicidal behavior and provides interventions appropriate to the level of a crisis worker, mentor or care coordinator. (4 hours)

Clinical Consultation

Sara Newman provides clinical consultation for Crisis Stabilizers and Mentors in agencies within the Wraparound Network and is available to provide this service to other entities working with youth.

Please contact us if you are interested in one of the trainings or services offered or if you would like another topic developed. Contact RISE Youth & Family Services at (414) 252-5166 or riseyouthandfamily@gmail.com for information or to schedule training.