J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.; Parenting, Teaching and Treating Challenging Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

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Date(s) - 05/03/2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Janeway Auditorium



Kids with behavioral challenges can exhibit intense temper outbursts, oppositionality, and verbal and physical aggression. Behavioral difficulties like these can strain family relationships and are the leading cause of teacher stress and burnout. J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D. will provide conceptualization of the difficulties of these kids; namely, that their difficulties are a byproduct of lagging skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving. Dr. Ablon will be the third speaker in the Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series.

Based on the conceptualization noted above, Dr. Ablon will introduce an approach to transform discipline called the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Approach. CPS provides guideposts for adults to build helping relationships with children while fostering a relational process that develops flexibility, problem solving, and emotion regulation skills.


J.Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor and the Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

An application for CEUs for social workers has been submitted for this event.