Kim John Payne is an Australian who has, for 24 years, worked throughout the world as a counselor, consultant/researcher and educator of both children and adults. He has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, and a range of emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem.
Kim has researched and implemented a Social Inclusion Approach in many communities, which helps overcome anti social behavior, bullying and teasing in school and at home. Kim regularly consults in colleges, clinics and schools throughout the USA and abroad, helping teachers and parents remove emotional and social obstacles from the paths of their children. He is at present engaged in an extensive research project, focusing on exploring and developing a drug free approach to Attention Related Disorders.
He is the Director of The Center for Social Sustainability www.socialsustain.com a training and consulting practice with focus areas in corporate training, the common concern process (working with issues of exclusion with adults in communities), the social inclusion approach (working with issues of exclusion, bullying and teasing in schools) and coming of age for boys. He also directs the Simplicity Parenting Life Coaching training program http://www.simplicityparenting.com/coachingresources.html
He was the Founding Director of 'The Challenge of Adolescence,' a training course for therapists, teachers and parents, the Founding Co Director of the Eastern European Institute of Spatial Dynamics (Hungary) and the Co Director of the Michael Institute of Spatial Dynamics (England). Now, he is now the Project Director of the Waldorf Community Collaborative Counseling Program at Antioch University New England. This is a course aimed at training future Waldorf School & Family Counselors and also teachers to better understand social and emotional issues of children and teens and to support home and school life.
In addition to authoring "Simplicity Parenting", released by Ballantine Books/Random House in 2009, he is also the author of "The Games Children Play", (1996) published by Hawthorn Press and is presently working on a third title - "The Soul of Discipline".
Kim strives to deepen understanding and give practical tools for life that arise out of the burning social issues of our time. He is based in Harlemville, New York with his wife and two daughters.