Reclaiming Youth at Risk

Reclaiming Youth at Risk

This training is grounded in Circle of Courage principles which have been researched and refined across three editions of Reclaiming Youth at Risk. This book launched a global movement which sparked scores of other publications building on this reclaiming tradition. The authors drew on wisdom of Native American and First Nations peoples who reared children in cultures of respect by embracing values of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity. These principles have been validated by modern research on resilience, neuroscience, and positive youth development. Reclaiming Youth at Risk is transforming schools, residential treatment, juvenile justice, and youth work.

This training provides core concepts and practical strategies for reclaiming our most vulnerable youth. Two-day certification for all who are concerned with raising resilient children.


Course Curriculum

    • Test Section One
    • Test Section Two

Authors and Trainers

Larry Brendtro, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and is a leader in the worldwide reclaiming youth movement. For fourteen years, he was president of the Starr Commonwealth Schools in Michigan and Ohio. He taught in the area of children’s behavior disorders at the University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Augustana. Dr. Brendtro served as a member of the U.S. Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention during the administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama. He has authored over 200 professional publications including 15 books on strength-based strategies with children, youth, and families. His wife Janna is research editor for his various publications and they have trained youth professionals in 20 nations.