Mental & Behavioral Health

School Mental Health Leadership: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach to Making Trauma-Sensitive Teaching, Discipline and School Leadership Actionable

March 17, 2022 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Founder and Director of Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital

Webinar Description
There is renewed interest in the effects of chronic, overwhelming stress and trauma on students' development, learning and behavior on the heels of the pandemic. School leaders are also faced with the challenge of how to support their chronically stressed and overwhelmed staff.

Building comprehensive mental health systems of support requires both trauma-informed leadership and teaching that appreciates the impact of trauma on brain development and functioning. There is a great need for concrete strategies that operationalize what brain science tells us.

Dr. Stuart Ablon explains the impact of chronic stress, adversity and trauma on development, makes complicated neurodevelopmental concepts accessible, and provides a practical, evidence-based process for trauma-informed school leadership, teaching and discipline that everyone at school can follow. The evidence-based Collaborative Problem Solving approach operationalizes the ideals of trauma-informed practices, reflects the latest neuroscience and can be applied by all adults in the building.

About the Speaker
J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Professor and the Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon is author of the books Changeable: The Surprising Science Behind Helping Anyone Change, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, and The School Discipline Fix. Dr. Ablon received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top-rated keynote speakers in the academic arena. Dr. Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians, and helps organizations throughout the world implement the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.

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PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
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J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.

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