November 25, 2015

Erik Laursen

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Erik K. Laursen, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized developer of innovative programs for high risk children and families. He has created therapeutic treatment programs in private residential, educational, and foster care organizations, therapeutic services in public schools, and services for children with neurological differences. Dr. Laursen has authored more than two dozen publications and was a member of the editorial board of the journal Reclaiming Children and Youth. He previously served as a board officer of the Virginia Association of Specialized Education Facilities and as president of Strengths Based Services International.

Erik earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he taught organizational behavior and culture, qualitative research, and ethics for 10 years. Currently, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond and trains youth professionals worldwide. Dr. Laursen served UMFS in Richmond, Virginia for 30 years, last as the Executive Director of Charterhouse School and Vice President of Research and Development.

Among the highlights of his career are a 65,000 miles motorcycle journey across the United States with twelve high risk youth, a wagon train across Denmark, and a two-masted sailboat journey on the European rivers and the Black Sea.

Topics include:

* Intentional Collisions: Kindling Connections and Relationship Development

* Trauma Informed Youth Care

* Cultures of Respect (COR)

* Meeting Needs by Building Character Strengths

Click here to view Erik Laursen’s vita.

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