TRAINING COURSE – ‘FLOURISHING YOUTH’ – Positive psychology in youth work

A short description of the Training Course:
Childhood and adolescence are crucial periods for laying the foundations for healthy personal development and mental well-being. There is compelling evidence that active promotion of flourishing and mental well-being through prevention interventions, when implemented effectively, can reduce risk factors for mental disorders and enhance protective factors for good mental and physical health. Improved flourishing leads to lasting positive effects on a range of personal, educational, social and economic outcomes for young people. Positive psychology (PP) is a relatively new branch of psychology that offers an effective framework to promote a sustainable development for flourishing and mental health of youngsters. PP uses scientific understanding and effective (non-formal) interventions to aid in the active promotion of optimal personal development rather than treating mental illnesses. Typical topics of interest are: states of pleasure or flow, values, strengths, virtues, talents, compassion, optimism, resilience and intrinsic motivation. Besides this interest in the promotion of personal development, there is considerable concern with creating the ideal circumstances for individuals to thrive, through promotion of
supportive social systems, positive relations, positive experiences and positive institutions. Through the promotion of programs that make use of the elements of PP, gender inequalities and negative stereotypes surrounding minority ethnic groups can be addressed and combated. You can watch this introduction video to get a good impression about the field of positive psychology:

What will you learn?
Since this project has a great focus on the practical side of PP for youth work. The participants will learn how they can design an experiential and non-formal project for youth that facilitates and stimulates personal development. They will learn that in the first place by experiencing themselves several exercises and next learn how they can design/apply these methods in their youth work by creating new projects that are based on the method customized to their target group. Participants will learn to cooperate with other youth workers from different cultures and improve their skills in designing good quality projects for the enhancement of mental health of youth through the use of the method of positive psychology. This will result in an increased empowerment and level of self-efficacy of the participants to apply the acquired competences into their own organizations.

Objectives for this Training Course:
– To develop participants’ competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) and methodologies to improve the quality of
their youth work;
– To provide participants with tools and exercises to implement the elements of positive psychology in their youth work;
– To increase a broader understanding among participants on the practices of youth work across Europe;
– To establish and provide participants with a network opportunity to increase the internationalization of their youth work (within the framework of

When, Where?

Venue: Arboreto Prandi, Sale San Giovanni (CN) Italy
Arrival date: before 19.00h on 25th of September 2017
Departure date: at 10.00h on 1st of October 2017
Participating countries: Italy, Portugal, Sweden, UK (Wales), Slovenia, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands Participants: 3 participants per county = 24 in total
Responsible for organizing: Thomas Albers, the Netherlands
Contact details: Thomas Albers +39 334 87 35 077

Your task is to arrange your travels to Italy. We expect you to be in Ceva (say: ‘tjeva’) on the 25th of September before dinner time (around 19:00h) from where we will pick you up. The location where we will meet, the arboretum in Sale San Giovanni, is situated in Northern Italy. The nearest city with an international airport is Turin (about 1,5-2 hours from the location). We recommend you to fly there if possible and when the rates are reasonable. Other nearby airports are in Genoa, Nice (France) and Milan. However these airports will take more time by public transport to the venue. Please check your itinerary on In case of doubt or difficulties, please contact us.

Our overnight stays will be at the modern youth hostel of Sale San Giovanni (Osteria delle Erbe). This hostel has bunkbeds and are of a good condition. You will be assigned to a room with 4 or 6 participants with sexes separated. The hostel is at a 20 minutes walking distance through the training location in the forest. During the day we’ll be having our activities in the forest of the arboretum. The activities that we will employ will be held both indoors and outdoors. For our evening activities we will be both at the arboretum and at the hostel. For more information about the location, please check

The meals will be mainly vegetarian and with as much as possible local food. Since we will stay most of the time in the forest, we do not have a supermarket nearby. Anything you need for your stay, please bring it with you if possible. If you have any specific dietary needs (or a vegan, vegetarian or glutenfree menu), please inform us, so we can prepare for it.

Drinks (alcohol)
We will not provide any alcoholic drinks, as we are not allowed to fund that by the grant of Erasmus+. If you are in need of alcoholic drinks, you will have to arrange it by yourself. Beers and wine can be provided for a small fee.

About the trainers:
The course will be facilitated by a team of four trainers that have experience in training social and youth workers. The team will consist of Ms. Laura Weiss PhD who has done extensive research on enhancing mental health in vulnerable groups. She currently works as a University Researcher in South Africa and has worked for the Happiness Academy in the Netherlands. She will be assisted by two researchers on positive psychology from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, Ms. Teuntje Elfrink and Mr. Jochem Goldberg. The fourth trainer is Mr. Thomas Albers, psychologist with a special focus on nature as a means to enhance well being.

Costs of the exchange
You have to organise your own travels (car, bus or flights) in advance and you will be reimbursed by the Anatta Foundation (main organizer of the exchange) after the training course. The project is partly funded by Erasmus+ and there is a participation fee of €75 per participant to cover for the remaining costs of the exchange. This fee will be deducted from the maximum amount of reimbursements of travel costs. Practically speaking this means that the following amount of reimbursements apply for participants for this course: €200 for Portugal, Sweden, UK (Wales), Slovenia, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands; €0 (no reimbursement) for Italy. According to the regulations of Erasmus+ you are allowed to travel 4 days earlier or later than the selected dates of the exchange. This means that your travel costs will still be reimbursed for this period. However any additional costs that you make because of your extended stay will NOT be covered or reimbursed. In case of doubt, please contact us. For the reimbursement of the travel cost you will have to use the reimbursement form and send this in after the course including copies of booking confirmation, boarding passes and tickets. After the course you will also be asked to send us an evaluation form to reflect on the training course.

Accommodation and food
The costs of accommodation and food of the exchange will be covered by ERASMUS+ and the Anatta Foundation. But only for your stay at the venue during the time of the course. If you come a day earlier to the venue or leave later, the additional costs will not be covered and you have to pay for the extra expenses. Food expenses during your travel will not be covered.


 Taking care of your EU-health insurance that covers any medical expenses during your stay in Italy is your own responsibility. Any costs that you have to make regarding insurances for your visit to Italy cannot be reimbursed. We also highly recommend you to arrange travel and cancellation insurances.
 The weather in September is usually warm during the day and can be a little chilly in the evenings. However, the climate and the weather are getting quite unpredictable. We recommend you to check the weather forecasts prior to your travel, so you can bring proper clothes. Bring a sweater for the evenings!
 Since we stay in a forest, we are quite remote from the civilized world. This means that there is NO WiFi access during the day (there is WiFi in the youth hostel) and supermarkets/shops are at driving distance. Please make sure that you bring everything you need in order to make the best use out of your time in the woods.
 On the first evening of the training we have an organisations’ bazar. All participants are invited to present their organisations to the fellow participants. Please prepare yourself and bring anything that can help you to show what your organisation does, who it’s target group is and where you are located.
 The is one special favour we would like to ask you. The history of the arboretum – which is a collection of non-native trees – where we will gather, tells us that the former owner, mr Prandi, received the seeds for his trees from all over the world. In his time, beginning of the last century, this was especially unique in this region. Now, however the first trees that he has planted are dying and we would love to replace them with new trees that will be planted for the future of this beautiful forest. Our request to you is, if you can, to bring seeds of special trees from your countries. Our intention is to germinate the seeds and to plant them whence they are big enough. You contribution to this will be appreciated and you will always stay connected to this forest 😉

For more informations contact 915993673