Listen to this The Point interview– “Exploring the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning”–with several guests: Dr. J. Stuart Ablon, director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Jacqueline Lane, Executive Director of NAMI for Cape Cod and the Islands, Melissa Maguire, Director of Student Services for Monomy Regional School District, and Gina Hurley, Executive Director of Social Emotional Learning and Student Services at Barnstable Public Schools. The host is Mindy Todd. Discussion of Collaborative Problem Solving and how it’s helping in schools, homes, and across many settings.
CPS is a strengths-based, neurobiologically-grounded approach that brings new ideas and new hope for helping those with behavioral challenges. The CPS approach is based on more than 30 years of research in the neurosciences that demonstrates that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility, and frustration tolerance. Therefore, unlike traditional models of discipline, the CPS approach avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures and instead focuses on building helping relationships and teaching skills largely through a process of teaching parents and loved ones how to resolve chronic problems collaboratively.
Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed., CPS Certified through Think:Kids, runs many CPS Overviews (5 week sessions) throughout the year.
WHEN IS THE NEXT OVERVIEW?
Soon! The Middletown Class will be held Tuesdays at the Community Health Center, 675 Main Street in Middletown, beginning April 24 through May 29 from 4:00-6:00pm. No class on May 8. Class size is limited to 10 and they fill up quickly. Call 860 876 0236 to register/ask questions. Or email Divinna@comcast.net to register (required) and learn more.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Parents, Caregivers: Foster, Adoptive, Step-Parents, Grandparents. All adults living with family with behavioral challenges who seek a new approach.
All Parent and Caregiver CPS Overview Groups are confidential.
They provide an opportunity to:
- Gain support from other like-minded family members
- Improve your relationship, reduce conflicts, and help develop the skills your loved one needs to succeed
- Gain a new understanding of challenging behavior and a new way of helping your family member
Check out FACEBOOK page for articles or notices of upcoming classes: @Challenging Kids: Enlightened Parents
Or go to www.thinkkids.org for more information.