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Workshops & Presenters

Workshops & Presenters

The week has been organised by a network of like-minded groups and will involve a series of workshops and open events hosted by different groups around the Wellington CBD.

Please note all registration information is held by Praxis. Please contact Praxis if you have any queries.




Monday 15, Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 May, 10am - 4pm each day

 Limit:   30 places. Fully booked! 
 Cost:    $280 (includes GST, resources and lunch each day)
 Early-bird:   $240 (before March 17)
 Venue & catering:   Praxis Wellington




Based on positive psychology and solution focussed work, Rap2GrowYouth is a way of understanding how young people function and grow; and a purposeful, responsive way of working with young people to support positive psycho-social outcomes. As the second generation of the 2005 RAP program (Brendtro and du Toit), Rap2Grow has some foundational themes in common with RAP, plus a number of new components. While those who have done RAP will find themselves feeling both comfortable and ‘stretched’ in new directions, it is not necessary to complete RAP in order to be successful at Rap2Grow. 


Lesley Du Toit became the Executive Director of the National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW) in South Africa, where she led the transformation of the Child & Youth Care System for President Mandela’s Inter-Ministerial Committee on Children and Youth.

She has since continued to work predominantly with Aboriginal communities in British Columbia on healing, reconciliation, and indigenous systems for supporting children and families. Lesley has authored multiples courses, including Response Ability Pathways (RAP), which she co- authored with Dr. Brendtro. In 2015 Lesley and Erik Laursen authored the next generation of RAP, called Rap2Grow which has now been piloted in Australia and Canada. 



Erik K. Laursen, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized developer of innovative programs for high risk children and families and an Associate Professor at University of Richmond. He has created therapeutic treatment programs in private residential, educational, and foster care organizations, therapeutic services in public schools, and services for children with neurological differences.




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Planning Restorative Outcomes (PRO)

Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 May, 9am - 4pm each day

 Limit:   40 places. Fully booked! 
 Cost:    $220 (includes GST, resources and lunch each day)
 Early-bird:   $180 (before March 17)
 Venue:   Weltec, School of Hospitality, 52 Cuba Street (Room WHH108)




Planning Restorative Outcome provides a new alternative to traditional deficit based assessments. It engages young persons in conflict in the process of solving problems and finding solutions. The PRO assessment is grounded in resilience science, neuroscience, and ecological research on positive youth development.  All children need support with six critical drives embodied in the Model of Leadership and Service, Safety, Belonging, Achievement, Power, Purpose and Adventure. When these drives are blocked, the youth is at risk. By addressing these inherent drives through interaction with caring, competent adults, a young person is able to take pathways to responsibility. The PRO assessment can be applied to a wide range of settings including regular and special education, youth justice, and prevention and treatment programs.  The PRO assessment is particularly useful for students with chronic or serious problems that put them at risk for removal from school or placement in restrictive settings.

*There is an opportunity for a small group of people to stay for an extra day and train to facilitate this workshop, please contact Lloyd if you are experienced in both youth work and workshop facilitation and are interested in finding out more. There will be an extra cost.


Larry Brendtro

Progressive approaches for reclaiming “wayward youth” span two centuries, becoming widely disseminated through the seminal work of Fritz Redl and colleagues at the University of Michigan Fresh Air Camp. Larry Brendtro was trained in this tradition and served on the clinical faculty of this therapeutic camp.

Augustana colleagues Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Bockern developed the Circle of Courage model which has been widely circulated through the publication of the best-selling book, Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future. 



Mark Freado

Mark Freado has worked with private providers, public agencies, and schools throughout the United States as well as Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Asia, speaking, consulting, and delivering training services.  He specializes in program development, leadership skills, and interventions for at-risk and disadvantaged children, adolescents, and their families.





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Additional presenters:

Chris Jansen

Chris is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury. Through his consulting role at Leadership Lab and Idea Creation Ltd, Chris works alongside organisations in the education, health, business and community sectors in the design and delivery of leadership development programmes, change management initiatives, organisational capability and strategic planning.