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The Berry Street Childhood Institute is proud to present this seminar to be delivered by Dr. Stuart Ablon, Director of Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

With ongoing interest in the effects of chronic, overwhelming stress and trauma on children’s development, accessible trauma-informed responses are critical. Yet, parents, educators, clinicians, mental health workers and youth justice workers alike still struggle to understand the impacts of trauma on brain development in a concrete and tangible way. Adults trying to help these children and young people want specific strategies that operationalise what brain science tells us about complex developmental trauma. If you want to know how trauma impacts the brain and what to do about it, please join us for this exciting presentation.

As well as making complicated neurodevelopmental concepts accessible, Dr. Stuart Ablon will provide a practical evidence-based process for trauma-informed intervention applicable to many settings called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). 

CPS is a structured, relational process for understanding and helping challenging kids.
CPS has been used effectively across systems to provide concrete strategies that operationalise the fundamental principles of neurodevelopment. CPS provides replicable guideposts for adults to build helping relationships with children while fostering a relational process that develops flexibility, problem solving, and emotion regulation skills.

You will learn:

  • How different explanations for and interpretations of challenging behavior can lead to dramatically different approaches to intervention;
  • How chronic overwhelming stress and trauma impacts brain development;
  • The limitations of reward and punishment procedures; and
  • How to effectively implement a relational process to facilitate brain development and reduce the frequency and intensity of challenging behavior