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Think:Kids Fall Introductory Training

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Think:Kids Fall Introductory Training

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Think Differently: A New Approach for Parenting, Teaching, and Treating Children with Behavioral Challenges


Think:Kids and the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are pleased to offer a one-day training program featuring Dr. Stuart Ablon and Dr. David Whelan. This one-day introductory training  provides a foundation for professionals and parents interested in learning the evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). This training serves as the prerequisite for our professional intensive training and advanced parent training.


The CPS approach provides a new way of understanding and helping kids who struggle with behavioral challenges. Challenging behavior has traditionally been thought of as willful and goal oriented which has led to approaches that focus on motivating better behavior using reward and punishment programs. If you’ve tried these strategies and they haven’t worked, this workshop is for you! At Think:Kids we have some very different ideas about why these kids struggle. Research over the past 30 years demonstrates that for the majority of these kids their challenges result from a lack of crucial thinking skills when it comes to things like problem solving, frustration tolerance and flexibility. The CPS approach, therefore, focuses on helping adults teach the skills these children lack while resolving the chronic problems that tend to precipitate challenging behavior.


Through lecture, videos, case examples and role plays this one-day training will help you shift your thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with these children and encourage growth in areas of self-regulation, communication and problem solving.



About the Presenters

Dr. Sutart AblonJ. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.,is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon co-founded the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving where he also served as Co-Director from its inception until 2008. Dr. Ablon is co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific paperson the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was recently ranked #5 on the list of the world's top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena.

Dr. Ablon's research has been funded by, amongst others, the National Institute of Health, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute, and the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.Dr. Ablon received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians and consults to schools and treatment programs throughout the world on the Think:Kids approach.

David Whelan

David A. Whelan, Psy.D., is Director of Outpatient Clinical Services at Think:Kids. Dr. Whelan has worked with behaviorally challenging youth and their caregivers for over a decade in diverse settings including outpatient, residential and inpatient treatment as well a psychiatric emergency room context. Specifically, Dr. Whelan worked at the Collaborative Problem Solving Clinic and trained on the first child and adolescent inpatient units to implement the approach. He has published on the care of challenging children and presented on our approach in a variety of contexts to parents, educators, and mental health professionals. Dr. Whelan earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at The George Washington University and completed his internship at Bronx Psychiatric Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Acute Services at the Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School.

Training Agenda

8:15am-9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am-10:30am Philosophy and the Power of Conventional Wisdom
10:30am-10:45am Break

Pathways to Challenging Behavior: Identifying Unsolved Problems

and Lagging Thinking Skills

12:00pm-1:00pm lunch (on your own)
1:00pm-2:15pm The Plans: Your Three Options for Responding to Problems
2:15pm-2:30pm Break
2:30pm-3:30pm Plan B: Solving Problems and Teaching Skills Collaboratively
3:30pm-4:00pm Question and Answer/ Further Resources

Additional Details


Teachers: A certificate of attendance will be issued for 5.5 contact hours that can be submitted to the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval with another training (4.5 hours or greater). (PDPs can only be issued for a single or multiple trainings that are a minimum of 10 contact hours). 

Psychologists: Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education of psychologists, and maintains responsibility for this program.  An application has been submitted for 5.5 contact hours

Social Workers:  An application has been submitted for 5.5 continuing education credits to the NASW Collaborative of Boston and Simmons College.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: An application has been submitted to MMCEP for 5.5 continuing education credits.

Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Other:certificate of attendance will be provided which can be submitted to the corresponding professional oranization for consideration.



We recommend that you take advantage of public transportation ( if possible, as parking in the area can be costly. The building is located a short distance from: T-Red Line, Charles Street, Commuter Rail, North Station, and the T-Green Line or Orange Line, North Station. To check rates of area lots/garages, go to: You will need to enter "West End" neighborhood to search or click here for a PDF showing typical daily parking rates* in the area. The building is located on Cambridge Street near the intersection with Blossom Street. The North Station garage ($22/day) or lots in the North Station area tend to be the least costly and are only a short walk to the training location. From North Station you can walk up Staniford Street and turn up William O'Connell Way (just past 50 Staniford Street) where you can access walkway to Charles River Plaza. The building will then be on your right, just past the CVS. Please note: the MGH garages and Charles River Plaza Parking will likely be about $40/day and we are unable to provide vouchers.

Cancellations: Non-refundable. Substitutions are permitted.


For questions regarding the training or assistance with your registration and payment please contact Ysis Moreira at 617-643-3061 or

"When adults rethink challenging kids, amazing things can happen."

Have questions about Think:Kids Fall Introductory Training? Contact Think:Kids at MGH


Simches Research Building
185 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114

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Think:Kids at MGH

Think:Kids teaches a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with behavioral challenges. Through training, support and clinical services, we promote the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, our approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on teaching at-risk kids the skills they need to succeed.

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  News and Updates
2012-10-26 14:19:26

We are mindful of the storm that is projected for next Monday-Wednesday. We will be monitoring the weather forecast closely and will inform all registrants if the training is canceled.

Thank you and stay dry,

Think:Kids staff 

**For any questions regarding the training please contact Ysis at until further notice. Thank you.

2012-10-29 05:58:29

Due to the severity anticipated for the upcoming storm Think:Kids has decided to cancel* the Introductory Training scheduled for Tuesday, October 30th, 2012. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. We will be in touch later this week regarding the new date for the training.  Please be safe through out the storm. If you need to contact us email Ysis at

*Once the new date for the Training has been established Think:Kids is able to refund payment for those who can not attend the rescheduled date.

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