Dr. Larry Brendtro

Emeritus Professor of Special Education, Psychologist and lead International Educator

Dr. Larry Brendtro is founder of the Circle of Courage Institute, formerly Dean of the Starr Global Learning Network, and former president of Starr Commonwealth serving troubled youth in Michigan and Ohio. He has broad experience as a youth worker, educator, administrator, researcher, and author. He holds a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan, is a licensed psychologist, and has taught in the area of behavior disorders at the University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Augustana College. Dr. Brendtro is editor of the journal Reclaiming Children and Youth and with colleagues has authored twelve books and 200 articles on challenging youth. His most recent book is Deep Brain Learning: Trauma, Resilience, and Transformation . For thirteen years, he served on the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, chaired by the U.S. Attorney General, and has trained youth professionals worldwide.

Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg

Psychologist, Emeritus Professor or Native American Studies, International Educator and Consultant

Dr. Martin Brokenleg consults worldwide and serves as and is Emeritus Professor of Native American Studies, International Educator and Consultant providing training for individuals who work with youth at risk. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School. He was most recently Director of Native Ministries and Professor of First Nations Theology and Ministry at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. For thirty years, Dr. Brokenleg was professor of Native American studies at Augustana College of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has also been a director of The Neighbourhood Youth Corps, chaplain in a correctional setting, and has extensive experience as an alcohol counsellor. Dr. Brokenleg has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, New Zealand, and South Africa. Dr. Brokenleg is co-author of Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future and other articles and chapters on preaching, aboriginal thought and culture, and the spirituality of First Nations peoples. He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe practicing the culture of his Lakota people.

Dr. Paul Barker


Dr. Paul Baker is a developmental neuropsychologist who has worked with troubled children and youth for over twenty years. He currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA and Newcastle, NSW, Australia. He has direct experience in working with troubled youth as a special education teacher, school administrator, clinical administrator, psychologist, foster parent and adoptive parent. Dr Baker is the developer of The PersonBrain Model, a strength-based training program for working with challenging youth. The model incorporates brain-based strategies that are practical, effective and supportive of youth. Dr Baker provides brain-based consultative services to schools, child and youth care facilities, juvenile justice programs, residential facilities, and professional groups. Paul is a regular contributor to professional development in the field of neuroscience and youth work and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He is Clinical Supervisor at Allambi-Care, NSW. Dr Baker is the co-author of two books, The Hopeful Brain: Relational Repair for Disconnected Children and Youth and The Minded Brain.

Dr. Howard Bath PHD

Recently Children's Commissioner, Northern Territory, Australia

Howard Bath was recently the Children’s Commissioner in Australia’s Northern Territory. He trained as a Clinical Psychologist, has studied and worked in Australia and the USA, and has presented workshops in many other countries. Howard has authored numerous papers and conference presentations on residential treatment, behaviour management, family preservation, child protection, developmental disability and developmental trauma. He has a particular interest in services for children and young people being cared for out of their homes, including those in foster care, residential treatment, and youth justice settings. For many years Howard was an instructor with the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention program.

Richard Rose

Director Child Trauma Intervention Services, UK

Richard Rose is the Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services (CTIS, UK). He works therapeutically with “hard to reach” children and young people who have suffered severe early life traumas. He is a consultant and trainer in Life Story Therapy – a model of recovery for traumatised children – and is the author of two books. He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work, La Trobe University, Fellow of Berry St Children Institute and Fellow of Family Adoption Trauma  Services, Belfast.

Simon Walsh

CEO of Allambi Care

Simon Walsh is the CEO of Allambi Care with a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare). After working for over 5 years as a nurse in the mental health field, he began with AC in 1998, developing and overseeing therapeutic programs for children, youth and adults. AC currently provide accommodation and intensive therapeutic support services for people of various ages based in Lake Macquarie. Simon is a senior trainer in both Response Abilities Pathways (RAP) and Person Brain Neuro-Relational Model, and a trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI). Simon’s own experiences in a family who regularly fostered troubled children and youth have led to an interest in the effects of trauma and the application of research into the brain. This research informs the continual development of AC’s strength based prevention and intervention programs.