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Inservice Motivational Speakereducation speaker Ruth Herman WellsYouth Change Workshops and Director Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. have been training youth professionals throughout North America for more than 20 years.

In 2011, Youth Change Workshops and instructor Ruth Herman Wells M.S. were rated as the country's #3 elementary staff education provider, and #7 high school teacher professional development workshop presenter. Another professional development rating service ranked Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. as among the top ten presenters for K-12 school inservice training and teacher motivation.

Youth Change Workshops provides information-packed general session, on-site, and online  professional development workshops for teachers, counselors, juvenile justice workers, and anyone who works with difficult children and teens.  Youth Change Workshops also publishes  books, posters, ebooks, and audio books, all designed to deliver the newest and fastest solutions for the "worst" kid behavior and classroom management problems.

Youth Change Workshops is based in Woodburn, Oregon, near Portland, Oregon, but serves all of North America. Our Director is veteran trainer/author Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. Ruth is a featured columnist for SEEN Education Magazine (click), and her work has been featured in the Portland Oregonian, The Monterey Herald, The Correction Compendium, the Center for the Study of Youth Policy Journal, California Association of Counseling and Development (CACD) newspaper, Adolescence Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Child Welfare Report, and in many other print and online publications. Review some of those articles here.

workshop instructor Ruth Herman WellsRuth is the author of more than 20 books for several publishers (click to view), and has written dozens of articles on problem and troubled youth and children. Ruth has trained thousands of teachers, counselors, mental health therapists, special ed teachers, and youth professionals throughout North America for approximately two decades.

Ruth has helped create and manage many model youth programs including independent living, day treatment, mental health, juvenile justice and secure programs.

She is a popular keynote and featured speaker at national conferences and counseling/education association events, but is probably best known for her surprising, information-packed workshops that are often standing-room-only.

Ruth has trained youth professionals from all parts of the United States. Teachers and other youth professionals routinely brave snow storms, canceled flights, and even winter power outages to attend her workshops and events. Participants routinely travel from as far away as Australia, Japan and Africa to attend Ruth's practical, one-of-a-kind workshops.

To see some of the awards and accolades that Youth Change Workshops has received, or to read more recent news about Youth Change Workshops and Ruth Herman Wells, click here.

Youth Change was created in the late 1980's to respond to the demand for training and resource materials as more and more youth professionals discovered that their college training had not sufficiently prepared them for the ever-more-serious problems they were seeing in their schools and agencies.

In 2013, Youth Change Professional Development Workshops' role as a national leader in K-12 teacher professional development was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education when the department ranked Youth Change Workshops #9 on its list of educational resource organizations. Click on the image below to enlarge it.

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Youth Change has been reviewed thousands of times by workshop participants, universities, on-site inservice hosts, conference training coordinators, and training sponsors who found us through one of our speakers bureaus. teacherOur methods were not developed in an office far away from actual children, but in schools, day treatment programs, special ed classes, juvenile corrections sites, and residential treatment settings. We provide real-world answers for real-world problems, not more theory, but ready-to-use behavior and classroom management solutions that can prevent or manage the problems that contemporary youth and children present.

Youth Change is a socially responsible company. We make a special effort to give back to our community and annually donate a percentage of book sales to non-profit, youth-serving agencies.

We also provide professional development scholarships for all workshops that we sponsor. Let us know how we can help you. Let us show you that working with difficult kids doesn't have to be so difficult.

Listen to teacher and author, Marjan Glavac's interview with Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., director of Youth Change. This interview was first posted on Marjan's popular web site, The Busy Educator. To view the article accompanying the audio interview, click here. Click below to hear the interview. If you have difficulty with the link below, use this link  instead.




Listen to more interviews with Youth Change Workshops Director, Speaker and Trainer, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.