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2014 Reclaiming Youth Conference Award Recipients

RYI is very excited to announce that we will be honoring two outstanding women during the conference. At the welcome banquet Saturday June 21st, Temple Grandin will be receiving the Circle of Courage Award for her work in the area of autism.

2014 Black Hills Seminars ~ Rapid City, South Dakota

Temple Grandin and Raquel Hatter will be accepting awards at the Reclaiming Youth Conference! Learn more about these outstanding women.



 Online registration is now available for the 2014 Black Hills Seminars 
You can also register by printing and sending RYI the form below.

Hosts Martin Brokenleg, Steve Van Bockern, Larry Brendtro, and Mark Freado invite you to recharge your spirits in the inspirational setting of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Join us as we present innovative approaches for building relationships with youth, fostering their self-esteem, and instilling positive values in classroom, residential treatment, counseling, and correctional settings.

These seminars provide practical and proven strategies for anyone who works in prevention, treatment, or education with challenging youth and children. While attending these seminars, you will be able to network with leading-edge presenters and like-minded colleagues who are creating environments in which all young people thrive. Prior to the conference, you can choose from a variety of interactive training sessions that last anywhere from four hours up to five days. This is an educational experience that will provide you with invaluable knowledge and expertise. You won’t want to miss it!

Join us for our 21st Annual Reclaiming Youth Conference as well as our pre-conference training sessions:

 21st Annual Reclaming Youth Conference

Educational sessions and newtorking with leading-edge presenters and like-minded colleagues in the field of youth at-risk.

June 21-23, 2014
The conference will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, and end late Monday evening, June 23 at Crazy Horse Memorial.  Participants can plan a Tuesday morning departure.  Fees include conference workshops and materials, two lunches, two dinners and refreshment breaks.  Some evening entertainment will also be provided including a welcome banquet and trip to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse.

$495 US Funds (Group rate:  $475 for 5 or more, prepaid)
$485 Early Bird Rate (on or before April 1, 2014)

 College Credit Available!

Click on the links below for more information about each individual training.


2014 Webinar Series

We are excited to announce our 2014 Webinar Series! Check back soon as additional webinars will be posted for 2014!

LSCI: Not Just for Crisis Anymore - presented by Mark Freado, MA

January 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm Eastern - Recording now available!

Provides specific skills needed to respond successfully to a student's crisis, and create caring, supporting relationships between the students and the staff.


 From Trauma to Resilience: Creating Environments where Children Thrive - presented by Dr. Larry Brendtro

February 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm Eastern - Recording now available!

Resilient outcomes are closely tied to developmental experiences in a supportive environment. Dr. Brendtro will draw on principles and practical strategies from the related fields of trauma and resilience science and discuss how positive life outcomes require attention to the vital signs of the Circle of Courage.


 Medicating Our Youth: Listening to the Voices of Troubled Youth on Medications - What Works & What Doesn't - presented by Dr. Robert Foltz

March 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm Eastern - Recording now available!

Medications have become fully integrated into the standards of care for troubled youth. But do they provide the expected benefits? The results from the Adolescent Subjective Experience of Treatment (ASET) study will be examined, focusing on how youth experience the benefits and drawbacks of being medicated.


Intentional Collisions: Igniting Youth and Adults to Build Their Future Together
presented by Dr. Erik Laursen

April 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Relationships are not only the key to developing resilience in youth but also the foundation to help youth bounce back from adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Laursen will discuss how intentional collisions with youth lead to trusting and caring relationships.


Using Mind Body Skills with Adjudicated and Traumatized Youth - presented by Caelan Kuban

May 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm Eastern

This webinar will present a mind-body skills program that was evaluated to determine its effects on the improvement of impaired emotional regulation, a common symptom in adjudicated youth with post traumatic stress. Activites used including drawing and expressive art, guided imagery, mindfulness, breathwork and progressive muscle relaxation will be presented.

Reclaiming Youth in the News

Reclaiming Youth International was pleased to be featured in the local news recently. Enjoy a sneak peek at our RYI headquarters in Lennox, South Dakota. Thank you to KELOLAND news for the nice little story.


New In Our Online Store

New books have been added to the collection in our professional bookstore.

8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools
Signe Whitson

Groundbreaking books have peered into the psychology of bullying and the cultural climate that - seemingly now more than ever - gives rise to such cruelty and aggression. But few have been able to synthesize what we know into 8 simple, targeted "keys" that equip educators, professionals, and parents with practical strategies to tackle this issue head-on. This book answers that call.





Hope Never Lost
Karen Lindsay

In Hope Never Lost, five mothers, who met through a support group, share their deeply personal accounts of their children's addictions primarily for the benefit of other parents who are struggling with this disease. 






See My Spark Here My Voice
Christine Haymond with Tara Satterfield and Tanya Guht

Two former middle school “bad girls” and their teacher/mentor offer practical strategies and advice to educators, social workers, clergy, and anybody who works with children and youth. This is a simple, powerful, beautifully illustrated and insightful book with heart, that embraces the Circle of Courage and Reclaiming Youth concepts and philosophy.




How Children Succeed:  Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Paul Tough

How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories—and the stories of the children they are trying to help—Tough traces the links between childhood stress and life success. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do—and do not—prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides us with new insights into how to help children growing up in poverty.



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