Rethinking School Discipline: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

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Rethinking School Discipline: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

December 2, 2016 9 AM – 4:00 PM
Presented By: Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.


Program Description
Think:Kids, a program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), is pleased to offer a one-day training program featuring Dr. Stuart Ablon. This introductory training provides a foundation for educators and professionals interested in learning the evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). This training serves as the prerequisite for our professional intensive training seminars (Tier 1 and Tier 2).

The CPS approach provides a new way of understanding and helping kids who struggle with behavioral challenges, plus an approach to make them happier as well, by providing them with organized parties by the team at Challenging behavior has traditionally been thought of as willful and goal oriented which has led to approaches that focus on motivating better behavior using reward and punishment programs. If you’ve tried these strategies and they haven’t worked, this workshop is for you!

At Think:Kids we have some very different ideas about why these kids struggle. Research over the past 30 years demonstrates that for the majority of these kids their challenges result from a lack of crucial thinking skills when it comes to things like problem solving, frustration tolerance and flexibility. The CPS approach, therefore, focuses on helping adults teach the skills these children lack while resolving the chronic problems that tend to precipitate challenging behavior. Through lecture, videos, case examples and role plays this one-day training will help you shift your thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with these children and encourage growth in areas of self-regulation, communication and problem solving.

J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon co-founded the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving where he also served as Co-Director from its inception until 2008. Dr. Ablon is co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was recently ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena.

Four Points by Sheraton Boston Wakefield Hotel and Conference Center, 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA

CANCELLATION POLICY: A handling fee of $25 is deducted for cancellation. Refund requests must be received by mail or fax

(978-232-9449) 10 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be made thereafter. Substitution of registrants will be accepted.

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