This online class takes an in-depth exploration into the key issues in supervision and leadership of youth work organizations. Online activities include both synchronized group time and individual self-paced learning.

Over the course of a month, participants can expect to spend an average of 5 hours/week, up to 15 hours total.  Setting aside intentional time devoted to online work is required to have the full professional development experience. 


  • Context for Youth Work Supervision
  • Leadership vs. Management
  • Strengths Based Leadership
  • Professionalizing Youth Work
  • Core Competencies for Youth Workers and Youth Work Supervisors
  • Action Plan


Cohort-based course:

This online course is designed and delivered as a cohort-based, professional development opportunity in which the participants learn, apply and share the information together. Participants work through the same material (2-3 modules) each week as a group. This includes live (same time) webinar experiences and pre-recorded presentations, forum discussions, etc that are completed on their own time during that week.  There is an expectation of completing 2-3 modules and interacting with the coinciding forum discussions and activities as outlined by the course schedule on a weekly basis. This is different than an asynchronous, self-paced course that you experience individually on your own time, without interaction with others.

Both interactive and self-paced learning will be experienced by:

  • Interacting with session presentations
  • Participating in live webinars
  • Engaging in forum discussions
  • Exploring relevant articles, videos and websites


As a participant in this course, you will engage with an online community to:

  • Develop your supervision practice,
  • Assess  your management and supervision style,
  • Develop a peer network and sense of intentionality about your work.

Technical requirements

  • High-speed Internet connection
  • A headset/earbuds for webinars

Registration and payment

  • Each registration must be completed separately. (That is, it is not possible to put multiple registrants' registrations into your "cart" and check them all out at once.)
  • We recommend that participants register themselves, but it is possible for another staff member to register a participant. (That person will be creating an account for the participant and will need to share the password they create with the participant.
  • It is essential that if someone other than the participant is registering the participant, they enter the participant's email address (NOT their own) when they register the person.
  • Payment for each registration must be made at the time of registration.
  • Payment is accepted by credit card only. (No POs, invoices, or payment by check.)

Cancellation policy

Cancellations prior to the start date of the class will be fully refunded. No refunds will be issued for cancellations on or after the class start date.


  • User name or password help: HELP@umn.edu, (612) 301-4357
  • Content questions: Amber Shanahan (shanahan@umn.edu)
  • Registration questions: Colleen Byrne, byrne015@umn.edu, (612) 624-9109
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