What is hope? Why is it important? we’ll explore the science and theory of hope as well as understand the core research studies, and how this applies to the criminal justice/juvenile justice and social services system.


We’ll discuss how to create and activate hopeful cultures that will have greater impact on the children in our communities.


We’ll connect the dots between what you believe about others and their potential for success – and how that is affecting your work, treatment of co-workers, or the people in your community and ultimately its impact on the youth served.

Kids at Hope

Hope demands to be understood, no different from other disciplines. This course not only provides a scholarly analysis, but also adds to the general discussion about hope, and how it can translate into a strategy for every human service agency, department, organization, or system including Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, behavioral health, child welfare, youth development and Social Services – or anyone who works with youth and children.

In this course, Rick Miller, Professor of Practice and Clinical Director at Arizona State University’s Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Hope and founder Kids at Hope inspires, empowers, and transforms our understanding about how hope can support the physical, emotional, and intellectual success of all children and the adults who serve them.

This course is accompanied by the Rick Miller highly acclaimed book, The Soul, Science and Culture of Hope, along with a 53-page course workbook, and various worksheets/supplements.


Designed for the Busy Working Professional

Whether you are new in the field or you’re ready to take the next step in your career, consider investing in your future throught this course which is filled with more than 5 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.


Convenient and Affordable Training on your own schedule and without the need to travel.


Taught by the founder of Kids at Hope who has worked for 50 years in child and youth development as a practitioner, researcher, professor, public policy expert, and author.


Consists of real world info important for any Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare and Social Services – or anyone else who works with youth and children.

grow in your career

Your online course is filled with more than 5 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.










Continuing Education Credit

This course has been approved by Arizona State University’s Continuing and Professional Education Department for .5 college Continuing Education Units. Upon completion of the course and payment of a $30 fee, Students may receive ASU CEU certificate via email. Click here for more details.

Meet Your Instructor

Rick Miller

Rick Miller is the founder of Kids at Hope, an international child, and youth development organization that studies family, school, and community cultures to understand better the dynamics of success and failure. He is also a professor of practice and clinical director at Arizona State University’s Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of HOPE.

Rick has spent 50 years in the field of child and youth development as a practitioner, researcher, professor, public policy expert, and author.

Rick’s research is revolutionizing the understanding of child and youth development and cultures. His work is modeled in 21 states and four countries and has been cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics and adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court to redefine the juvenile justice system from risk to HOPE.

He is the author of three books and two comic books including “Youth Development From the Trenches” and “The Soul, Science and Culture of HOPE.”

What People Are Saying about This?

This is phenomenal research and much-needed perspective when working with “at-risk” individuals.

- Heather

It just renews and refreshes my own hope for the youth when I start to feel weary.

- Holly

It really impacted me to realize that without hope, others can’t see their way out of a crisis, or think about any kind of future where a crisis isn’t there. Wonderful presentation!” — Sheila

- Sheila

Love the widespread applicability of the HOPE message. This can be applied in all circumstances once the foundation for this is understood and believed by the adults helping youth today. Thank you for the great content!!

- Letricia

I think Rick Miller’s courses and seminars are always inspirational and enlightening. Thank you for that Mr. Miller. I and our organization continue to follow him and his Kids at Hope Program

- Liz

It really came together when Rick stated that you need to broaden the engagement. Engage the “village, not just the sector.” … I believe that it will certainly change the trajectory for youth justice.

- Paul

I love the model of focusing on the future: Looking at mental health and human relationships and connection to embark on change or improvement.

- Kelly

The entire thing was valuable from start to finish! So enlightening and inspirational! Thank you so much!

- Suzanne

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is the Course?

The price is $175 for each student. We do have discounts available for JCH Members and group purchases involving three or more personnel. Please contact for details

But I Already Work Full-time… Would I Have Time?

We hear you. Only you know about the demands of your job or if you can “juggle” the demands of work, family, and school. That said, online courses are a great way to get the knowledge you need for career growth, without being tied down to a specific schedule, being out of the office for days at a time, or burdened by the expense of high priced tuition or travel costs. Split up into bite sized components, each course section can be completed over a lunch break in a week’s time – sometimes less. And don’t worry: if life gets in the way, you’ll have a whole year to complete the lessons on your own schedule.

What Internet Browsers Can I Use

We have tested the course using Chrome and Microsoft Edge. The Learning Management System does not work well with Firefox or Safari.

How Do I Log In?

Once we receive payment (online or check), we will contact you with instructions on how to log in. If you paid online, you should receive an email within five minutes.

How can I request a refund?

We are not able to offer refunds on any of our courses. However, if the initially assigned student has not started the course, we may be able to reassign the course to a new person.

How do I pay?

You can pay by credit card or debit card through our online check out. For agencies paying by Purchase Order, please contact us at

Is there a brochure for this course?

Yes! You can download a course brochure here

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