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Consultant to review parenting challenges

Dr. Martin Brokenleg will review parenting challenges in a Sunday presentation at Mark Isfeld Secondary. - PHOTO SUBMITTED
Dr. Martin Brokenleg will review parenting challenges in a Sunday presentation at Mark Isfeld Secondary.
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A session this Sunday led by worldwide consultant Dr. Martin Brokenleg will review parenting challenges.

The Growing Your Own Kids presentation will also examine the need for diverse parenting styles and the way parents and

communities can help kids grow to be their best through the lens of the Circle of Courage.

The Circle of Courage model, developed by Dr. Brokenleg, Larry Brendtro, and Steven Van Bockern, is a model for explaining how we should treat others, why people behave as they do, and how to educate students in a manner that helps them to become more emotionally “whole” (especially those kids who have emotional and behavioural problems).

Brokenleg serves as a president of Reclaiming Youth International, providing training 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 and Ministry at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver. For thirty years, Dr. Brokenleg was professor of native American studies at Augustana College of Sioux Falls, S.D. He has also been a director of the Neighborhood 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.  He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe practising the culture of his Lakota people.

Dr. Martin Brokenleg will speak Feb. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School in the Multi-purpose Room.

The presentation is sponsored by School District No. 71 and the SD71 District Parent Advisory Council.

For admission to the presentation, bring a non-perishable food item for the Comox Valley Food Bank.

— District Parent Advisory Council

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