2019 Reclaiming Youth Seminars

Join Us at Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD, July 16-20, 2019

We are excited to announce that after 25 years of leading-edge training, the annual Black Hills Seminars are relocating and beginning a new era. We are launching the 2019 Reclaiming Youth Seminars at the birthplace of Reclaiming Youth at Risk, the Circle of Courage and Reclaiming Youth movements - the Augustana University campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Commencing with a two-day preconference from July 16-17, 2019, Larry Brendtro and Mark Freado will host a Reclaiming Youth at Risk Certification Course.

Then from July 18-20, 2019, the historic main event, Reclaiming Youth Seminars will feature Keynotes plus dozens of presenters explore timely topics:

  • Trauma, Resilience, and Thriving
  • Social and Emotional Learning in Classrooms and Schools
  • Strength-Based Treatment with Children and Families
  • Positive Climates in Residential Care and Juvenile Justice
  • Native American and First Nations Youth and Communities

Pre-Conference (July 16-17, 2019)

$395 for two days, including lunches and training materials

Reclaiming Youth Seminars (July 18-20, 2019)

$475 for three days, including lunches and training materials.

Group discounts and university credit are available.

Lodging and Travel

Lodging is in historic Downtown at the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls-City Centre, ten minutes by car or bus from the Augustana campus. For those on a tight budget, on-campus dorm rooms are available. Click here for more information or to reserve a room.

Major airlines serve Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). Traveling by auto, the city connects to Interstate Highways 90 and 29.

Conference Location Details

The conference will be held at Froiland Science Complex (formerly Gilbert Science Center) which is located on the corner of W. 33rd Street and S. Summit Ave. Each day of the conference will begin at 8:30 AM in the auditorium on the lower level of Froiland (FSC 113). Registration opens at 7:30 AM just outside of the auditorium.

The pre-conference Reclaiming Youth at Risk training will also begin at 8:30 AM (with registration at 7:30 AM on the main (ground) level). 

The Reclaiming Youth Movement

The book Reclaiming Youth at Risk by Augustana University professors Larry K. Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Bockern introduced the Circle of Courage medicine wheel showing Native American values of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity. Inspired by Indigenous cultures that deeply respect children, these needs are now validated by research on resilience, neuroscience, and youth development.

For twenty-five years, the Black Hills Seminars on Reclaiming Youth have been at the leading edge of strength-based approaches with challenging children and youth. Now this annual conference is relocating to Augustana University in Sioux Falls where the Reclaiming Youth movement originated.

These seminars are sponsored by Reclaiming Youth at Risk, a non-profit research and professional development organization, in collaboration with Augustana University, the Resilience Academy, Growing Edge Training, Straight Ahead Ministries, and Turtle Island Learning Circle.

Your Hosts for the Reclaiming Youth Seminars

Martin Brokenleg, EdD

Professor Emeritus of Native American Studies
Augustana University

Keynote on the Circle of Courage
Transforming Cultural Trauma into Resilience

Larry Brendtro, PhD

Reclaiming Youth at Risk

Positive Peer Cultures and Inspired Staff Teams
Planning Restorative Outcomes: PRO Assessment

Steve Van Bockern, EdD

Augustana University

Schools that Matter: Teaching Minds, Reaching Hearts™
Host of Reception at the Augustana Center for Western Studies


Mark Freado, MA

Growing Edge Training

The Art of Kid Whispering: Reaching the Inside Kid
The Three Pillars of Care: Trauma and Resilience in the Other 23 Hours


Other Timely Topics Include...

Karla Abbott, RN, DNP, Faculty of Nursing, Augustana University
Walking in Two Worlds: Exploring Stress and Resilience with Traditional Lakota Talking Circle

Randy Boardman, EdD, Educational Consultant
It’s About Time: Time to Teach! Time to Learn

Scott Conner, transportation courtesy of Alcester Public Schools
Excursion to Good Earth Native Settlement on the Big Sioux River

Robert Foltz, PsyD, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Medicating our Youth and Discovering Myth-information
Planning Restorative Outcomes: PRO Assessment

Raquel Hatter, EdD, Kresge Foundation, Tiffany Day, Ascent at Aspen Institute, and David Jordan, Agape
Meeting Families Where They Dream through a Two-Generational Whole Family Lens

Vikki Hennard, PhD, Char-Em (Michigan) Intermediate School District
The CLEAR Behavior Planning Process: Clarifying Needs and Solutions

Adrienne Brant James, MSW, and Tammy Lunday, EdD candidate, Turtle Island Learning Center
Moccasin Paths and Other Trails

Susan Jones, MSEd, Trauma-Informed Practices Coach, Broome-Tioga BOCES, New York
Leaving an Imprint: One Student, One Family at a Time

Stacy Kelsey, MA, Wentzville (Missouri) School District
The Power of Moments

Beate Kreisle, MA, Jugen Kolleg am See, Moos, Germany
Positive Peer Cultures and Inspired Staff Teams

Scott Larson, DMin, Straight Ahead Ministries
Helping Youth Discover Purpose in Life

JR LaPlante, JD, Director of Tribal Relations, Avera Health
Distinguished Keynote Presenter. From Risk to Resilience: The Native Experience

Michelle Powers, EdD, Professor of Special Education, Augustana University
Autism: The Long Route to Learning

Cheri Thurman, MS, Wentzville School District
Educational Support Counselors—A Teacher/Therapist Model

Jerica Widow,  Meghan Tompkinsand students, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Cheyenne River Youth Project

Larry Wilke, EdD, and Darren Solomon, Little Red River School, Alberta, Canada
Engaged Schools with First Nations Youth

Conference Options and Travel Information

Welcome to Sioux Falls!

Discover Historic Downtown

Conference participants can stay in quality, reasonably-priced downtown hotels. Sioux Falls is the largest city in the region but has a welcoming Midwest feel with shops, the Sculpture Walk, and unique bistros and restaurants for every taste.


Explore Falls Park

This 123-acre park lets you see up close the city’s namesake. Cascades of water rush over pink Sioux quartzite to make this an inspiring spot for a jog or walk. An open-air music venue in Falls Park offers free evening performances on the green.

Museums, Galleries, and Concerts

The downtown Washington Pavilion hosts live performances, art galleries, science exhibits, and an I-MAX theater. The Augustana Center for Western Studies houses arts and artifacts of Native Americans and peoples of the prairie.

Tour a First Peoples Settlement

The Seminars offer the option of a two-hour excursion to the early Native American city of Good Earth, located near Sioux Falls on the Great Sioux River. This trade center, active until 1700, had a population larger than New York or Boston.

More Information

Feel free to give us a call at 605-906-4694 or email info@reclaimingyouthatrisk.org

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