Ne te quaesiveris extra

Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."


Below is a brand new Webinar with Dr. Seita. It takes about 45 minutes and is linked to a powerpoint.

Below is the Spartan Podcast with Dr. Seita.

Welcome to the website of Dr. John R. Seita. On this website you will find a variety of information that we hope is useful and practical for working with young people. Contained within this site are various professional articles written by Dr. Seita that will provide you with new insight when working with young people.

Please feel free to click on the Free Training Materials tab to find useful articles on relationship building, positive youth development, family privilege, private logic and other related topics.

Each item that you download is intended to provide you with new skills and knowledge when working with challenging young people. The free training materials tab also contains free training materials that you can print, use in your work, and share with colleagues and others. 

In addition to free articles and training material, Dr. Seita's books are available for purchase through Amazon.Com. Many organizations find Dr. Seita's insight valuable, and he is available to provide professional development. His presentation topics are listed under the "presentations" tab.

Like few others, Dr. John Seita understands the challenges facing disconnected young people. Academically challenged students and youth who are in out of home settings, such as foster care, residential care and group care are his specialty.  

Drawing upon his own leading edge research and evidence-based best practice, Seita powerfully explores how to effectively apply connecting and reclaiming strategies such as positive youth development and strength based approaches. His workshops and keynote presentations will provide insight while working with you to provide research based practical skills for parents, teachers, social workers and others in caring positions. 

Dr. Seita himself is a former youth at risk who beat the odds. He was removed from his mother's home at the age of eight and spent the remainder of his childhood and adolescence in multiple foster homes, detention facilities, group care settings and on the streets. Abused and neglected as a child, his journey though children's institutions and countless foster homes was a litany of degradation and humiliation.

His unrestrained anger at his mother and the child welfare system led to a childhood of bitterness, loneliness and one where he fought with adults, counselors, teachers, house parents, childcare workers and anyone else who crossed his path. His understanding of how to reclaim challenging youth is based upon his own journey of 15 placements out-of-home placements. 

In addition, Dr. Seita has conducted research on at risk youth and has listened and learned from their views in order to improve your skills and knowledge. He is able to blend his own gritty real world experience with his scholarship and that of other researchers to provide the very best of how to understand and reclaim all youth.

When you work with Dr. Seita, you will experience much more than a litany of sad stories.  Experiences shared from Dr. Seita's own remarkable journey are a platform for understanding lessons learned so that you are better able to connect with challenging young people, improve the quality of your skills, and to reclaim all young people. Dr. Seita is uniquely qualified to provide the professional development that you and your organization are seeking.

Dr. Seita is the only foster care alumnus who has studied youth at risk and provides research based training, professional development, and insight into the private logic of defiance. His presentations have been called powerful, honest, useful, practical, and visionary. His revolutionary efforts towards policy and practice reform will provide useful ways to improve staff skills in understanding all young people.

Dr. Seita's keynote presentations and training adds value to your organization and your staff by providing you with rare and unique insight by understanding the private logic of defiance often hidden in youth.

There are few trainers and speakers nationwide who have lived in the dependent care system and now share both their insider’s view linked with the latest research in positive youth development, resilience, strength based approaches, and brain research. His practical views are blended with inspirations and hope.


Dr. Seita holds a doctorate from Western Michigan University. Today he is on the faculty of the School of Social Work at Michigan State University where he also has appointments with MSU Extension/4-H and with the Michigan Agricultural Experimental Station. He is also a father and a husband.