The Circle of Courage: Creating Resilient and Courageous Youth

New! Filmed Spring 2021

Presented by Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D.

On Demand | Available Now


3 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 3 CEUs


This On Demand course and will be available after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until June 3, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on May 20, 2022

For thousands of years Indigenous North Americans have raised children who can survive the problems of living with no outside support. Recent research in youth development verifies the effectiveness of those ancestors’ teachings. Resiliency can be taught through effective strategies that enable all youth to flourish. This 3 hour-long session focuses on the philosophy and strategies that create the ability to face hardships and live a complete and caring life. Research consilience verifies the validity of The Circle of Courage to create resiliency in all youth.

  1. Consideration of social deficits affecting many youth.
  2. Understanding the learning that teaches resiliency.
  3. Insight into the four dynamics of resiliency: significance, competency, autonomy, and virtue.
  4. Enumeration of Indigenous strategies that effect resiliency.
  5. Introduction to practices that teach confident survival.
  1. To consider current cultural and social deficits affecting youth today.
  2. Learning the educational dynamics necessary to teach resiliency.
  3. Exploration of the resiliency philosophy and strategies used by Indigenous peoples.
  4. Application of specific strategies that create resiliency.

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.

Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D. is co-author of the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future and co-developer of the Circle of Courage model and provides training worldwide for individuals who work with youth at risk. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Anglican Divinity School. He is a retired professor and was most recently Director of Native Ministries and Professor of First Nations Theology at the Vancouver School of Theology. For thirty years, Dr. Brokenleg was Professor of Native American studies at Augustana University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has also been a director of The Neighborhood Youth Corps, chaplain in a correctional setting, and has extensive experience as an alcohol counselor. Dr. Brokenleg has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, New Zealand, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

More information:

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$135.00N/A
Full-Time Student$110.00N/A

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits