As a trainer, Steve has raised the bar. I have seen him inspire, motivate and provide practical tools to hundreds of professionals in a variety of social services. The positive feedback he receives from participants is unlike any other feedback I’ve reviewed for other trainers in the field.

Pamela Zorn, Former Training Coordinator, General CFS Authority, Manitoba Canada

 

The total experience with Steve is beyond words. It is mind blowing! The training and the immediate, positive and profound impacts on staff and staff teams is like nothing I’ve experienced in more than 30 years in the field.

Gail Steeds, Probation Manager, Youth Justice Services, Ottawa Ontario Canada

 

Stephen de Groot is an inspiring, empowering, and passionate expert in the field. His presentations equip attendees with resources to make a difference in the lives of both children and adults – though you’ll likely find his presentation changing the way even you live your life.

Lydia Criss Mays, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta Georgia USA

 

Stephen is passionate, engaging, knowledgeable and skilled. He delivers great information and tools, but more importantly he delivers real life! I highly recommend his training for people that are responsible for the well-being of children and youth.

Billie Schibler, Former Child Advocate, Office of the Children’s Advocate, Manitoba Canada

 

Stephen de Groot is a Gift! Theoretically, philosophically and practically sound, his messages are powerful and inspiring. Stephen will help you find the best in yourself and offer immediate do-able strategies for enhancing relationships, building brains and developing resilience with all children and youth.

Dr. Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario Canada


Steve has the highest evaluations of any trainer in the Youth Justice sector in the province of Ontario. He leaves an inspiring, motivating and powerful mark on all people he works with. He has helped us take our service to the next level. I highly recommend him, to any province or sector that wants to improve services for youth.

Lucia Lee, Executive Director, Murray McKinnon Foundation, Oshawa Ontario, Canada

 

I have never met anyone more strengths focused in my life. Steve impacts his participants to impact the people they work with. What I have learned from Steve makes me want to start my 39 year-career over again; I would have had an even bigger impact with the children, youth and families I served over the years.

Deb Fast, Child and Youth Care Training Coordinator, Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada

 

We went across the world to bring Stephen de Groot over. The training and consultation he provided was worth all the effort and then some! This man is brilliant! He has made a huge impact on how we deliver services for the youth in our region.

Neil Davies, Supervisor, Burdekin Youth Services, Northern Beaches NSW Australia

 

The RBSA approach ranks among the best in the field. Steve’s training and consultation has had a profound and lasting impact on our program. The approach to Life Planning led to increases in preferred youth outcomes that were immediate and measurable.

Dave Kuhl, Program Coordinator, Kisewatisiwin Program, Macdonald Youth Services, Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada

 

I have never attended a training where participants were more engaged, or even thrilled to be there. Steve was able to point out how we might see successes and build them, which made his training particularly good. Stephen’s approach and the tools he has provided are having a positive impact on my professional relationships and my work overall.

Colin Stokes, Health Projects Coordinator, y-Foundations, NSW Australia.

 

My staff was excited to go back to work and try out all of the tools. Steve has inspired and positively impacted my staff, my whole organization. This has translated into better care for the youth we serve.

Pamela Zorn, Executive Officer, Newcastle Youth Accommodation Services, NSW Australia

 

An amazing learning experience! Demonstrating a wealth of knowledge and skills, there was not a tough realistic scenario that Stephen couldn’t take on. I was excited to get back to work and use the practical tools with my staff!  This approach is so simple and it works so well!

Ian Bennett, Manager of Residential Units, Syl Apps Youth Centre, Oakville Ontario Canada

 

I strongly believe that Steve’s training has the capacity to fundamentally change your professional practice. Observing many of his trainings, I have always left inspired with a variety of practical tools and strategies; excited and energized to get back work.

Barbara Howe, Supervisor, Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba, Brandon Manitoba, Canada

 

Stephen’s passion and energy are infectious! He validates our own approach and challenges us to explore new perspectives After 15 years in the education and justice field, Steve’s training opened my eyes and filled my tool belt.

Shawn Quigley, Intervention Specialist, Youth Diversion Program, Kingston Ontario, Canada

 

Stephen’s training performance was superior to that of other trainers. He has had a significant impact on our staff, including me. I highly recommend Stephen as he will have a positive impact on all staff and organizations overall.

Paul Hoppenbrouwer, Head of Human Resources, YMCA/YWCA, Sydney Australia

 

I am very impressed with Steve’s executive coaching. He is exceptionally skilled and adapts to the unique needs and goals of those he serves. He works very hard at ensuring the growth and success of the people he works with.

Lucia Lee, Executive Director, Murray McKinnon Foundation, Oshawa Ontario, Canada

 

Stephen is easily the best trainer I have worked with, for many years. His passion for the RBSA approach is undeniable. He is a man with real enthusiasm for the work we do and the people we serve.

Colin Stokes, Health Projects Coordinator, y-Foundations, NSW Australia.

 

Stephen de Groot is an amazing speaker. He brings the child to mind and, rather than talking about problems, helps his audience see the world through the child’s experience. His relational and strengths focused messages are vital and extremely useful for all people who live and work with children.

Dr. Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario, Canada

 

Professional development gets a facelift when learning from Stephen de Groot. Putting children’s strengths and interests first, educational stakeholders will find a voice that echos their own belief in what’s best for children. Beyond this empowering scope of attending to children in the most empowering light, de Groots’ expertise, matched with his humor, will leave you more informed, and with a deeper commitment to, changing the face of education.

Lydia Criss Mays, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta Georgia USA