Thoughtful approaches honoring
strengths and resilience in children, youth, and families



Response Able Paths to Grow Youth (Rap2grow)

Rap2grow Coaching Certificate

Child & Youth Profile (CYP)

Cultures of Respect (COR)

Walking with the Wounded: In the Footsteps of Warriors

Presentations and Workshops


  • Moving Unmovable Paradigms: Transforming practice before policy
  • Whole Child Principles: Re-thinking systems and organizations
  • Reconciliation as Policy and Practice in Serving Children, Youth, and Families
  • Intentional Collisions: Kindling Connections and Relationship Development
  • Trauma Informed Youth Care
  • Living the Good Life: Learning to focus on Character Strengths
  • Transforming Cultures in Schools and Youth Organizations


Are you in need of consultation, contact us. If we can't help you, we may suggest others who can.

The turtle teaches us about walking our path in peace and with determination and serenity. The turtle is slow and steady when moving on earth, yet incredibly fast and agile when in its natural environment of water. Turtles are grounded even in moments of disruption and chaos and seek long lasting solutions. They represent emotional strength and understanding and are known for their ancient wisdom.

The turtle represents the path we take as we travel on our journey of growth throughout life. In contrast to emotional or spiritual development occurring in bursts, the way of the turtle anchors our personal unfolding in a slow, more grounded series of steps and longer cycles of transformation.


Lesley du Toit


Erik K. Laursen

About Us

Responsive Practices is the consulting and training collaborative of Lesley du Toit and Erik K. Laursen. We are passionate about sharing our experiences to help young people achieve positive outcomes.

Our shared philosophy is anchored in:


What participants say about our work

Rap2grow gave a framework and a language to articulate why we want to work with kids in a strength-based way that meet their needs and help them grow.


Rap2grow participant, Perth, August 2016

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