Jesper Juul Biography

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Founder of familylab International

Jesper Juul (1948) is a family therapist, husband, father and a grandfather. He is the author of numerous books and a renowned international public speaker and has founded Familylab International – an organization committed to inspire parents to find new and healthier ways to become a succesful family and professionals to create more profound relationships with children and youth in their care.

Jesper Juul has for many years – and in a wide range of settings – been working with children and young people with behavior difficulties, pedagogical development in schools and kindergartens and also with groups of single mothers and parent groups.

He was the director of the Kempler Institute of Scandinavia. Center for family and post graduate education from 1979 until 2004. In addition to this, Jesper Juul engaged himself, on a voluntary basis, in the work with children, young people and families in refugee camps during the war in the former Yugoslavia, where he also provided counseling and post graduate education to local professionals. Currently,

Jesper Juul has devoted his time and energy to the continued growth of Family-Lab International and is living with his wife in Denmark and Croatia. Jesper Juul has written various books for parents and professionals, of which the best known is ‘Your competent child’, that so far has been translated into 20 languages and sold in half a million copies.

In 2012 Jesper Juul was hit with a serious neurological condition, which has left him physically disabled and with a weak voice.

As a result of this the leadership of the organization has been transferred to the Swiss based NGO – Familylab Association.