RAP Training


What is RAP Training?

Response Ability Pathways™– or simply RAP– provides essential strength-based strategies for all who deal with young persons in family, school, or community. Children and youth need supportive persons who respond to their needs rather than react to their problems. RAP provides these response abilities which enable one to guide young persons on pathways to responsibility.

RAP is an application of the Circle of Courage® model of positive youth development described by Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg and Steve Van Bockern in their book Reclaiming Youth at Risk. According to Dr. Martin Brokenleg, RAP applies Circle of Courage principles to help all young people develop belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

RAP methods are grounded in research evidence on resilience, brain science, and positive psychology. This 2-day training offers practical methods providing positive behavior support and creating climates of respect in schools and youth programs.


How is RAP different from other interventions with kids?

RAP deals with problems by focusing on strengths and solutions. Brief “teaching moments” instill positive behaviors and values. Rather than enforcing obedience, RAP sets high expectations for youth to take responsibility and show respect for themselves and others.  RAP provides a powerful alternative to both punitive and permissive approaches. Young persons are enlisted as responsible agents in positive change.


Who Should Attend RAP Training?

RAP is useful for all who are concerned with youth, whether professionals or lay persons. This course is well-received by educators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, youth workers, and staff in treatment and juvenile justice settings. Training also can include parents, foster parents, mentors, and mature youth who are peer helpers.

Training leads to RAP certification, and course credit can be arranged.


Training Format

RAP is highly experiential and provides practical skills for building courageous kids. Basic RAP principles are presented in creative formats, and the course is enlivened by engaging videos and small-group role plays. Participants develop abilities to disengage from adversarial encounters, connect with adult-wary youngsters, restore bonds of respect, and create climates where all young persons can flourish.


Schedule a RAP Training for your Staff

Signe Whitson is a certified RAP Trainer for Reclaiming Youth International.  To learn more or to schedule a RAP Training for your staff, please e-mail Signe@SigneWhitson.com or contact seminars@reclaiming.com.

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