”You have to trust children to do their best, but that doesn’t mean that they always
do what you think they should do.”
Welcome to Jesper Juul's official website
Jesper Juul is an internationally renowned public speaker, author, family therapist and educator with activities in more than 15 countries around the globe.
Since 2007 Jesper Juul has been the founder and leader of Family-lab International– an organization offering seminars, lectures, workshops and counseling to parents and families, public organizations as well as private enterprises.
To many Jesper Juul is best known as the author of “Your competent child” (1995) where he summarized his 25 years of experience working with families and challenges many major assumptions of traditional developmental psychology ad well as the dominating models and methods of pedagogy and childrearing. His findings has since been confirmed by both neuroscience and relational psychology and constitutes the basis for a new paradigm and perspective in the study of and principles for dealing with families as well as the interaction between children, youth and adults.
Jesper Juul has over the past two decades formulated a new paradigm for the way we see children and the ways in which we try to support their development and socialization. His main objectives are to inspire, help and support parents and professionals in order to ensure that new generations of children can grow up with a maximum of social- and mental health by offering alternatives to the many violent and abusive ways in which children and youth have been treated in the past as well as in the present.
After being the CEO of The Kempler Institute of Scandinavia (now: DFTI.dk)– offering postgraduate education in family therapy and counseling - for almost thirty years, Jesper Juul is now devoting his time to support and educate social entrepreneurs in many countries and to ensure that a new generation will develop his work and philosophy in new and inventive ways.
Jesper Juul is
- Ashoka Fellow (Ashoka Scandinavia)
- ”Honoraray member of SPA”, Society for Psychological Assistance (spa.hr)
- Member of the board - Society for Childrens life-competence (boernslivskundskab.dk)
- Senior advisor at FamilyLab Association (familylabassociation.com)