Speakers 2014


Dr. Martin Brokenleg

The Effect of Family Experience on Resiliency & Reaching Deeper: Touching a Student’s Inner World.

Martin Broken legDr. Martin Brokenleg, co-founder of the Circle of Courage, consults worldwide for Reclaiming Youth International. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School.

He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe practicing the culture of his Lakota people. The Effect of Family Experience on Resiliency – Family life is the foundational strength in resiliency. This session considers the strengths of family life and the needs of youth facing the contemporary youth worker.

Reaching Deeper: Touching a Student’s Inner World – From Parker Palmer to the Dalai Lama to the brain science of neurobiology, adults are pondering the importance of tending the inner world of children and youth. This session develops a theory of creating inner strength in children and youth and explores specifc activities adults can use in classrooms and residences to help children grow on the inside.


Dr. Gabor Matégabor_mate4

Gabor Maté is a bestselling and award-winning author of four books on a number of important topics for Canadians’ health including addiction, attention deficit disorder, mind/body wellness and parental influence. He is a dynamic, effective and inspiring speaker who relates with vigour to both professional health and general wellness audiences. Dr. Maté is presently staff physician at a clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where his patients are people with drug addictions, HIV and related problems.


Dr. Gorden Neufeld Gordon_Neufeld

Dr. Neufeld is an internationally-recoginized developmental psychologist and public speaker with over 30 years of experience working with children, parents and developmental theory/disorders. Over the years, Dr. Neufeld has served in both the private and public field as a teacher, forensic psychologist, private-practice psychologist and keynote speaker. Of particular interest to us is the fact the he also has experience working with violent young offenders.


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