2019 Annual Youth Workforce Conference


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Raising Courageous Kids: From Trauma to Thriving

Presenter: Larry K. Brendtro, PhD

Those who work directly with youth at risk have the greatest potential to transform troubled lives. This presentation highlights practical strategies for youth workers to build resilience by meeting these four growth needs known as the Circle of Courage:

• Belonging: Establish bonds of trust to connect with traumatized and adult-wary children and teens
• Mastery: Help discouraged youth to discover and develop their inner strengths to build futures of promise
• Independence: Replace defiance with self-control, self-confidence, and respect for the rights of others
• Generosity: Enlist youth in helping others to develop empathy and a sense of purpose

When these needs are met, children and youth are able to surmount adversity and thrive.

Larry K. Brendtro, PhD, is director of The Resilience Academy which provides research, publications, and training on strength-based approaches to education, treatment, and youth development. He has experience as a child and youth care worker, teacher, and psychologist and has been a professor in the area of children's behavior disorders at the University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Augustana University. He was president of Starr Commonwealth for fourteen years, serving troubled children and families in Michigan and Ohio. He holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and is co-author of sixteen books and 200 articles. He shares observations from his practical experience and the forthcoming 2020 edition of the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Futures of Promise which integrates Native American principles of rearing children in environments of respect with modern youth development research. Dr. Brendtro served on the U.S. Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the administrations of presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama. He is co-developer of the Positive Peer Culture and Circle of Courage models and trains professionals world-wide. (see www.reclaimingyouth.org).

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Tuesday, June 11th   
8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 am - 11:45 am Keynote Presentation
11:45 am - 1 pm Lunch/Youth Voice Panel Discussion
1 pm - 1:10 pm Transition to Workshop Session A
1:10 pm - 2:40 pm Workshop Session A
2:40 pm - 2:50 pm Transition to Workshop Session B
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm Workshop Session B
4:20 pm - 4:30 pm Wrap up / Door Prizes
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Child and Youth Care (CYC) Certification