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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. Registrations now open!
 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. Registrations are now open!
 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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The 5th Space/Ocean in a Drop Workshop

Wednesday 17 May, 10am - 4pm 

 Limit:   40 places. Registrations now open!
 Cost:    $80  (includes GST, resources and lunch)
 Venue:   BGI, 3 MacDonald Crescent, Wellington




Brought to you by Ara Taiohi, in partnership with Victoria University Melbourne and the Victoria Youth Workers Association.

The 5th space/'Ocean in a Drop' workshop will provide "some ways of framing a young person’s journey in the new millennium" by building Inside Out Youth Leadership.

To understand how to do this ComMutiny have been refl-acting, (cycle of reflection and action in a continuous loop) over the past 23 years focusing on the various spaces that young people typically occupy. Family, career/ education, leisure and friends turn out to be the key four legitimised spaces really available to youth today. In all of these, including friends surprisingly, the young are consumers, waiting patiently for their turn to make the rules and create the space in the image they think appropriate. Through their engagement with young people and youth workers they co-conceptualized what they call the 5th Space (each group has the freedom to name it as they wish), where the young can co-lead and co-own their own self to society journeys.

In this session, Ashraf will share her ‘experiments with tr-youth’ over many years of co-creating 5th Spaces. Ashraf will also share some ways of seeing and reframing that may help to transform your own classrooms and youth spaces where the 5 feelings of Ownership, Love, Freedom, Learning and Growth and Social hope are nourished as young people co create their own social experiences  and experiments. 

In addition to the above, Ashraf will also present as part of the above workshop a very valuable piece of work in the field called  'Challenger Deep' Building youth leadership has emerged as a critical component of social renewal in the world. Workers engage young people on two interrelated dimensions- self transformation and social change. To be able to assess the effectiveness of youth work, it becomes imperative to create a set of markers that can guide the learning journey of a young person.

ComMutiny - the Youth Collective (CYC) and Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) are developing an outcomes framework for assessing youth development practice in collaboration with Pravah, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) and Restless Development. Between them these institutions represent a large number of youth workers across the government and non government spaces. This pilot intervention is aim at creating a set of lived leadership markers so that a youth worker can map her/his leadership journey including the capacity to inspire and facilitate social impact.

The framework shall facilitate enhanced understanding and application of common youth work indicators and tools at one level. It will also build leadership capacity of youth workers through the application of the monitoring tools developed. 


ComMutiny is an association of youth led and youth engaging organizations across India that works with a youth centric approach called the 5th Space.


Ashraf Patel is an author, a researcher, a Youth Worker and a leader in Youth Affairs in India. in 1994 Ashraf co-founded Pravah, which has grown to become a space for thousands of young people to undertake ‘inside out’ leadership journeys starting from deep self-awareness to becoming whole system social change catalysts. Pravah has designed and co-facilitated pivotal learning journeys for over 500 youth development professionals and organizations across the country and also offered training to international organizations working in youth. Ashraf is also co founder of ComMutiny –The Youth Collective and  currently the Convener.

Ashraf’s core areas of strength are youth development, leadership and organization development. 



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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.