POSTPONED – Daily Life Event Training with Thom Garfat, PhD

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The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events (DLE) with Dr. Thom Garfat, Andy Leggett, and Jessica Hadley is designed to help those who engage directly with young people and their families become more effective in their daily interactions. Through a focus on everyday life events and how these events connect to the overall goals established with young people and/or families, the direct care practitioner adopts a more holistic approach in her/his interventions. DLE offers the potential to make every moment with young people and families more meaningful in reaching these established goals and helping young people and families reach them more efficiently. ‘Making moments meaningful’ is the hallmark of Child & Youth Care Practice. The DLE is about how we think about what we do.

The DLE training is appropriate for child and youth care practitioners, foster parents, educators, youth workers, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, and professionals in prevention, treatment, juvenile justice and community settings. It is also useful for parents and adult or peer mentors.

The knowledge in this course is based on helping people to live their lives differently, as they are living it. It promotes being in-the-moment with individuals and experiencing their lives with them as it unfolds. The course provides knowledge and skills for a strengths-based, trauma informed, and young person centred approach. Participants will develop skills that assist them to focus on small important moments and experiences of young people and/or families to help them move more effectively towards the desired goals / outcomes.

Whether one is involved with youth and families in a group care programme, schools, community settings, family homes or any other program in which the helper is involved in the daily life of others, DLE offers both skills in making interventions and a framework for ‘thinking about what we are doing’. Too often, training for helpers offer techniques, but not a framework for thinking systematically about one’s actions and interactions. When we think clearly, we do better work.

The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events is a training of TransformAction Consulting & Training © ( The DLE training was developed by Thom Garfat, PhD of Canada in conjunction with John Digney, PhD of Ireland, and Leon Fulcher, PhD of New Zealand. It is based on Dr. Garfat’s award winning research into developing effective interventions with young people and their families. As a values-based training, DLE is founded on the fundamental characteristics, principles and beliefs which underlay a contemporary Relational Child & Youth Care approach. While this training is focused on working with youth, the knowledge and skills developed through the training are useful in a wide variety of settings with people of all ages. Completing this training will, therefore, enhance your skills in all areas of your work such as supervision, administration, team meetings, etc.

The DLE training will define and demonstrate the skill of using daily life events effectively and will provide the opportunity for participants to incorporate this approach into their own work with young people.

The training involves two full training days. It is normally delivered in a two-day format but can also be divided into ‘modules’ and delivered over an extended period of time (e.g., 4 half-days). Participants who complete the training receive the book, Making Moments Meaningful, a Participant’s Guidebook, a one year subscription to the e-journal Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, and a Certificate of Completion.

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate an appreciation for the importance of noticing and using common daily events;
  • explain the concept and process of using everyday events for helping;
  • demonstrate skills using every day life events to facilitate positive change;
  • identify how their practice might change to incorporate this approach.

The DLE Training agenda consists of 10 sections, as follows:

  1. Underlying Principles;
  2. Foundations;
  3. Beyond Behaviours;
  4. Thinking About DLEs;
  5. Meaning Making in Daily Life;
  6. Themes and Opportunities;
  7. A Needs Based Approach;
  8. Characteristics of those who use DLEs effectively;
  9. The Process of Change;
  10. Intervening in Daily Life Events.

Some previous participants have said:

I loved it all – I think DLE will be very useful to practice in SA – South Africa

I really enjoyed the DLE training. It was very well presented with good trainers – Ireland

The DLE training really left us very excited. First-rate! – USA

This new approach has opened the door for more engagement and dramatically reduced the number of disruptive episodes in our program. – USA

I learned new ways to help to children and families – it changed my practice! – Australia

DLE offers an amazing way to approach youth and our work! – Canada.

Excellent! I will use this training in all areas of my professional and personal life – Scotland

This is the most relevant training for our work that I have experienced – Canada

I think this (training) may have saved my granddaughter’s life – and mine, too – Grandmother and participant

I am now able to talk about what we do in a way that others understand – Canada

This is the most relevant training I have ever taken as a Child Care Worker – Australia

The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events (DLE) Training is a two day training May 4 & 5 followed by and addition Train the Trainer training May 6 & 7.
DLE Training Only (May 4 & 5) $299.00
DLE Training and Train the Trainer (May 4 -7) $399.00. This is by referral only, please contact the organizers for a discussion about suitability for the trainer program.