Mental & Behavioral Health

The Perils of Praising Kids: How to Go Beyond Praise to Spark Progress for Any Student

October 28, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Speaker: Mitch Abblett, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Consultant

Webinar Description
We live in a society steeped in what Mitch Abblett calls the "praise and blame paradigm."  Well-intentioned educators and clinicians can think their praise of kids is helping, and yet research increasingly points to problems for students.  Join MPY and Mitch for this seminar in celebration of the release of his new book Prizeworthy: How to Connect, Cultivate Character and Unlock the Potential in Every Child and learn methods for breaking your praise-habits and building habits of prizing potential and possibility in kids every day.

About the Speaker
Mitch Abblett Ph.D., is a private practice clinical psychologist, author, consultant and national / international speaker.  Dr. Abblett's latest book is aimed at parents, educators and helping professionals - Prizeworthy: How to Meaningfully Connect, Build Character, and Unlock the Potential of Every Child (Shambhala Publications). Dr. Abblett's work has appeared in numerous online and print media such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Tricycle Magazine, and USA Today.  His frequent blog posts regarding mindfulness applications in family and relationships can be found in Mindful Magazine's companion website  A clinician in the Boston area for over 20 years, he brings a wealth of clinical, administrative and leadership experience from various settings (hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential facilities and therapeutic schools) to his practice and consulting.  For 11 years he served as the Clinical Director of the Manville at Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston - a Harvard Medical School-affiliated therapeutic school program for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties.  He has also served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.  He lives with his wife and two young children in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Slides available here.

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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. 

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Mitch Abblett, Ph.D.

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