THRIVE for Youth-Serving Professionals – Living Life Well

A training series focusing on improving the well-being of professionals.

Well-being requires overall good physical and mental health and an optimistic outlook. Professionals often experience elevated levels of stress, which can challenge their well-being.

The THRIVE program incorporates techniques such as mindfulness, stress management, and resiliency-building strategies that benefit any employee, not just youth-serving professionals, who experiences stress in the workplace.

Program Goals

  • Increase awareness of the barriers that interfere with well-being.
  • Introduce strategies to support overall health and well-being.
  • Strengthen connections with participants’ support systems.
  • Reinforce self-care as a priority.

THRIVE Program Sessions

Participants are empowered and connected with each other, allowing them to work together towards fulfillment in their work.

The THRIVE Program is made up of six (6) one-hour sessions.

1. Transcending Stress – identifying symptoms of stress, building stress resistance, and practicing mindfulness techniques.

2. Heightening Resilience - exploring character strengths, practicing perspective-taking, and embracing gratitude.

3. Recognizing Emotions – recognizing cognitive distortions and complex emotions, focusing on thought restructuring.

4. Investing in Connections – building social connections to foster a sense of belonging.

5. Valuing Balance –establishing boundaries and nurturing compassion satisfaction through self-care.

6. Elevating Joy - revisiting goals, values, and the essence of meaning and purpose.

Sessions incorporate:

  • Experiential Activity
  • Interactive Education
  • Self-Reflection
  • Application

Program Structure

THRIVE utilizes a variety of introspective and interactive components. Participants are guided through exercises aimed at enhancing positive emotions, uncovering their character strengths, strengthening connections, discovering meaning, and cultivating a sense of effectiveness in their work.


  • Six (6) sessions, each approximately one hour in length.
  • Sessions are facilitated by a professional from Caron’s Education Alliance.
  • Courses may be taken in any order. Each topic is available as a stand-alone program or as part of the complete series.
  • Programs take place on-site. If necessary, virtual sessions may be arranged.
  • Sessions may be offered after or before school, in the evening, as part of a school’s in-service days, or in an agency setting.
  • The timing of the sessions will be customized to the needs of your school/agency. They may be offered weekly or throughout the year.


Why prioritize professional well-being?

In 2022, a Surgeon General Advisory issued an urgent call to action to combat the nationwide burnout crisis. Burnout disproportionately threatens the well-being of human service employees, first responders, and those in educational services.

What does this program offer?

THRIVE: Living Life Well is designed to empower youth-serving professionals. It encourages them to connect with one another as they intentionally seek meaning and fulfillment in their work. Through this program, participants restore their well-being and balance.

Who can benefit from this program?

While initially designed for youth-serving professionals, this program is open to any employee who experiences stress in the workplace.

When can an employee participate?

The flexible six sessions of the program can be scheduled in various combinations and order or as stand-alone units. Scheduling can be customized to the specific needs of the school or organization, including weekly throughout the year, in one full day - before or after the workday, or in the evening as a support program. Professionals from Caron’s Education Alliance facilitate all sessions.

Where are sessions offered?

Programs can take place on-site, and virtual sessions may be arranged if necessary. Your well-being is our priority.

Experience THRIVE

Listen to this Conversations That Matter podcast to learn how those supporting our kids can use self-care and wellness to address and cope with stress and THRIVE.

For questions, information, or to schedule programming, please contact Cory Trevena at or 610-678-6117.

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