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Power of Mindsets: A Strength-Based Approach for Working with Angry Youth

Apr 13, 2012 8:45 am -
Apr 13, 2012 4:30 pm

Event Description

Master Series in Clinical Practice

Jointly sponsored by The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Major Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

The Master Series affords the chance to spend a complete day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each speaker brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice. We hope that you will consider joining us for the entire series at a reduced tuition or choose the programs most relevant to your own practice.


Robert Brooks, PhD, instructor

In this workshop Dr. Brooks will outline a strength-based approach for working with angry, resistant children and adolescents. The approach can be applied in therapy, residential programs, schools, and homes. He will describe the mindset of adults who are effective in their interactions with these youngsters as well as the mindset of resilient children and adolescents. He will outline specific strategies for reinforcing a resilient mindset in at-risk youth, including such qualities as motivation, self-discipline, responsibility, compassion, and hope. He will also discuss a framework to assist professionals to become more “stress hardy” and less vulnerable to burnout.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn the characteristics of the mindset of adults who work effectively with at-risk, angry youth.
  • To learn exercises to enhance empathy and respond more effectively to others.
  • To learn the characteristics of the mindset of resilient youth together with strategies for reinforcing this mindset in angry, resistant youth.
  • To learn the importance of a strength-based approach in which each youngster’s “islands of competence” are identified and reinforced.
  • To learn a framework for increasing our own “stress hardiness” to lessen the likelihood of burnout.

Program Code: MS49
6 CE/CME Credits
Location: at MSPP, West Roxbury/Boston


Robert Brooks, PhD, has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about working with angry, at-risk youth and families from a strength-based approach that focuses on the development of self-dignity, motivation, hope and resilience. He is the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Self-Esteem Teacher; Raising Resilient Children; Raising a Self-Disciplined Child; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; and Handbook of Resilience in Children. Dr. Brooks is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is the former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital.


Register for multiple programs at the same time and save!

Use the appropriate discount code (below) during checkout to receive proper discount.

Note: We suggest that you write down the appropriate discount code noted in red so that you have it available during the registration checkout process.

Cost per program 1 program 2 programs* 3 programs*
Doctoral Level Professionals
$195 each
$175 each
MS-2DS12
$165 each
MS-3DS12
Master’s Level Professionals
$170 each
$155 each
MS-2MS12
$145 each
MS-3MS12
Fellows, Interns, Students,
Unemployed & Retired Professionals
$115 each
$100 each
MS-2SS12
$85 each
MS-3SS12

*Only for Master Series attendees who register for multiple dates at the same time.


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Master Series (Clinical)
Early registration ends on Aug 15, 2011.
Regular registration starts on Aug 16, 2011 and ends on Apr 02, 2012.
Late registration starts on Apr 03, 2012.

 

 

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