TransformAction International

DLE Contacts

Andy Leggett (Director): email here

Jessica Hadley (Senior Trainer): email here

Thom Garfat: email here


has been approved by the California Department of Social Services as a course for continuing education for licensed Group Home Administrators.

Social Care Ireland
Approved by Social Care Ireland as a relevant training for Social Care Workers

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The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events (DLE) traning

The essence of effective child and youth care practice lies in the worker’s ability to recognise the value of, and use, everyday life events as they are occurring, to help facilitate change for children, youth and families (Garfat, Fulcher & Digney (2013). It is this focus which distinguishes contemporary Child and Youth Care practice from other forms of helping. This is especially true in situations where the worker participates actively in multiple aspects of a person’s daily living in the community, the family home, the school, the group care setting or any other area of engagement with young people and families.

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The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events (DLE) 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 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 more efficiently. ‘Making moments meaningful’ is the hallmark of Child & Youth Care Practice. The DLE training is about how we think about what we do. When we think clearly, we do better work.
The DLE training is appropriate for child and youth care practitioners, foster parents, educators, youth workers, counselors, 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 child-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 programmes, 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.

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.

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 (e.g., 4 half-days). Participants who complete the training receive the book, The 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:

The DLE Training agenda is 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.

The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events is recognised as providing 14 hours of CEUs for certification as a registered CYC according to the CYC Certification Board ( It is also recognised by Social Care Ireland and the California Department of Social Services. The DLE training is used worldwide.

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. – California

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 

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