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"Think Differently: A New Approach for Understanding and Helping Children with Behavioral Challenges" A TECPA Event Presented by Larry Epstein, Ph.D., Director of School-Based Services at Think:Kids

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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. Our approach, described in the book, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, focuses on helping adults teach children the skills they lack while resolving the chronic problems that tend to precipitate challenging behavior. This workshop will help you shift your thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with your children/students and encourage growth in areas of self-regulation, communication and problem solving.


 In addition to his position with Think:Kids, Larry Epstein is also an Assistant in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a Clinical Instructor in Psychology the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Epstein has extensive experience utilizing and teaching the Think:Kids approach across a variety of settings including educational and clinical programs and outpatient practice. He has trained numerous parents, teachers, administrators, mental health and support staff in the approach. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Epstein spent several years as a classroom teacher, while also overseeing implementation of the Think:Kids approach in a general education setting. He is also a nationally certified bullying prevention trainer and helped found the non-profit organization Creating Caring Communities, where he served as Board President.



TECPA events include a light dinner at 6:00 pm with program running from 6:30-8:30. For programming information, please contact Lori Davis at ldavis@tecpa.org.

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