Putting the Circle of Courage into Practice
Dr. Larry Brendtro
Practical tools for raising resilient kids drawn from the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk.
1. Attachment and Belonging. Objective: Identify attachment problems and strategies for building a trusting alliance. Content: Disrupted Social Bonds; Connecting with Adult-Wary Kids.
2. Achievement and Mastery. Objective: Define intelligence in terms of resilience science as growth potential in all persons. Content: How the Brain Grows Intelligence, Talent Hunts with Struggling Students.
3. Autonomy and Independence. Objective: Contrast traditional obedience-oriented approaches to child-rearing with youth empowerment strategies. Content: How to Help Children Learn Self-Regulation; How to Foster Self Discipline.
4. Altruism and Generosity. Objective: Identify strategies for engaging youth in helping and showing concern for others. Content: Empathy versus Egoism in the Brain; Youth Hooked on Helping; Caring Cultures.
Dr. Larry Brendtro is Professor Emeritus at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, and Director of Resilience Resources which provides strength-based research, evaluation, and publications. Dr. Brendtro is the former president of Starr Commonwealth and served during three presidential administrations on the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He is co-founder of the Circle of Courage model and Reclaiming Youth International. For more information see larrybrendtro.com