Key Note speakers

Franky D’ OOSTERLINCK, PhD (Belgium)


Franky D’ Oosterlinck is the Director of the Orthopedagogical Observation and Treatment Centre (OOBC) in Ghent, Belgium. OOBC ‘Nieuwe vaart’ offers special education, care and mobile counseling to children with behavioral and emotional disorders. In 2005 he published, together with E. Broekaert, J. De Wilde, L., F. Bockaert and I. Goethals, a focus group study of children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders in Flemish residential facilities (D'Oosterlinck, Broekaert, De Wilde, Bockaert, & Goethals, 2006). His doctoral was about ‘Conflict Management in children and youth with emotional and behavioural disorders’ (D'Oosterlinck, 2006).


Prof. Dr. Franky D’Oosterlinck is master trainer in LSCI, he introduced this method in Flanders in conjunction with the university of Ghent. His field of research is the study of the implementation of methodologies such as LSCI, RAP, TDTH, time-out. He is a member of the board of Reclaiming Youth International, Chair of EFeCT and visiting professor at the University of Ghent, department of Orthopedagogics.

Howard BATH, PhD (Australia)


Howard Bath has had a long career working with children and young people in the child welfare and youth justice systems. He has been a youth worker, house parent, program manager and agency director. Trained as a clinical psychologist, Howard completed a doctorate in Social Welfare at the University of Washington in the US and has provided direct therapeutic services for young people and their families. From 2008 to 2015 Howard was the inaugural Children’s Commissioner in Australia’s Northern Territory with a mission to promote the wellbeing of vulnerable children.


He currently provides a range of consultancy and training services across Australia and internationally, focusing on the impacts of severe adversity and the promotion of healing and growth. Howard is co-author (with John Seita) of the recently published book: The Three Pillars of Transforming Care: Trauma and Resilience in the Other 23 Hours (2018, Faculty of Education Publishing, University of Winnipeg). Howard can be contacted through Allambi Care in NSW:


Frank A. FECSER, PhD (USA)


With Dr. Nicholas Long, Dr. Frank Fecser co-founded the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute and developed the LSCI certification training program. Together, they produced the LSCI instructional video series and, with Dr. Mary M. Wood, co-authored Life Space Crisis Intervention; Talking with Students in Conflict. In addition to his contributions to the LSCI Institute, Frank is the Chief Executive Officer of Positive Education Program (PEP), a multi-service, special education and mental health program serving children, youth, and families throughout Greater Cleveland, Ohio.


During his career, he has held a number of direct service and administrative positions including classroom teacher, case manager, building administrator, and quality assurance director. He has provided training and consultation to many programs in the U.S., and has authored or co-authored books, including the 6th and 7th editions of Conflict in the Classroom, as well as articles and monographs on positive approaches to working with troubled and troubling children and youth. In 2003 Frank received the Spirit of Crazy Horse Award from Reclaiming Youth International; in 2007 he was awarded the Woodruff Prize for superior work in mental health and in 2008 was honored by Pressley Ridge with the Annual Achievement Award. In 2012 he received the American Re-Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Kent State University College of Education and Health and Human Services Alumni Hall of Fame.

Mary Ellen FECSER, MEd (USA)


Mary Ellen Fecser, MEd is a consultant/trainer with the Positive Education Program in Cleveland and a master trainer of Life Space Crisis Intervention, a highly effective method of talking with students in crisis. As a consultant in the public schools, she provides functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans and works with school staff involved with students with disabilities ranging from severe autism to severe emotional disturbances from preschool to high school. She is currently working primarily with the Shaker Heights and South Euclid/Lyndhurst school districts, but continues to provide consultation and presentations locally, nationally, and internationally with a special focus on students with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and developmental trauma.



Mark Freado is the Director of Growing Edge Training, LLC. Freado’s 40-year professional career encompasses contributions to the mental health field, public education, social services, program development, leadership, consultation, and training. He is a master trainer of Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), master trainer of Planning Restorative Outcomes, a senior trainer in Three Pillars of Transforming Care, and a certified trainer of Situational Leadership II with the Ken Blanchard Company. Freado has worked with a growing number of international private providers and public agencies speaking, consulting, and delivering training services. He specializes in program development, leadership skills, and interventions for at-risk and disadvantaged children, adolescents, and their families. Freado has Masters Degrees in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Counseling from West Virginia University.


Stijn VANDEVELDE, PhD (Belgium)


Stijn Vandevelde obtained a master in Educational Sciences (Special Education) in 1999 and a doctorate in Educational Sciences in 2004, both at Ghent University (Belgium), supervisor: Prof. dr. Eric Broekaert. Since October 2013, he is affiliated as a full-time tenure track assistant professor to the Department of Orthopedagogics at Ghent University. His research interests focus on support of persons (both adolescents and adults) in vulnerable situations, such as persons who abuse substances, mentally ill offenders, and persons with intellectual disabilities and co-occuring mental health problems. Special emphasis is placed on research in correctional establishments and/or studies relating to the support of criminal justice populations. The studies in which Stijn Vandevelde has recently been involved as (co-) supervisor relate to the support of persons with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems; substance abuse treatment to incarcerated offenders; the support of ‘interned’ offenders (due to mental illness or intellectual disabilities) and their social networks; and the support of young offenders who reside in youth detention centers, with a focus on the application of the Good Lives Model of Offender Rehabilitation (GLM).


Contact the conference committee:

Stein Lied

Phone: (+47) 41 56 96 41


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