Resources to Train Your Counselors and Staff
Moving Traditions offers three distinct CultureShift trainings for professionals of summer camps or teen travel experiences to utilize when they train their staff.
Each of these sessions is designed to help your staff members – particularly your first-time staff members – to better understand their responsibilities when working with Jewish teens.
Teen Groups at Camp
Moving Traditions’ Teen Groups – Rosh Hodesh for girls, Shevet for boys, and Tzelem for LGBTQ+, nonbinary, and gender-expansive teens – are ongoing mentor-led programs designed to develop many of the protective factors that mental health experts recommend for supporting adolescent wellbeing.
The eight-part curriculum that we have designed for summer camps builds Jewish identity and offers teens tools that help them with relationships, responsibilities, and finding meaning during adolescence. Youth are led through a dynamic curriculum of structured activities, personal reflections, and guided conversations. The curriculum can be used for bunk programs, for an opt-in space for teen campers who want to “dive deep” into what shapes their identities and relationships or be integrated into your existing teen or counselor-in-training program.
Moving Traditions CIT Track
Helping CITs and first-time counselors to navigate the counselor-camper relationship
A new Moving Traditions program for counselors-in-training (CITs) or assistant teachers in Jewish contexts helps guide young, part-time staff members through eight essential conversations regarding their role in promoting the wellbeing and emotional development of children.
The program gives any supervisor of CITs or assistant teachers an easy-to-use curriculum that covers topics including empathic listening, communication, gender codes, peer pressure, setting boundaries, giving feedback, consent, and the role of mentorship. For each session there are guides to designing conversations around the topic, personal explorations for staff to consider, and multiple ways to explore Jewish values connected to the underlying issues. The program is designed so that even if you have only 45 -60 minute time slots with a small group of staff, you can engage them in a meaningful professional development experience that will support their emotional wellbeing and support them in their job.
How it works:
Moving Traditions will train any supervisors using the program with a one-hour orientation, give them online access to the curriculum portal (The portal allows you to construct your own session and has built in cut and paste functions), and provide your organization with ongoing support if need be. We also ask all partners to speak with us after they have trained their staff and seen the impact so that we both can learn from the experience and refine the curriculum for future users.