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October 2019 - Think:Kids Intro. Training: A Revolutionary Approach to Helping Kids

Think:Kids at MGH: Collaborative Problem Solving®

Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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 2019 Introductory Training

Collaborative Problem Solving®:

An Innovative Approach for Helping Kids with Challenging Behavior

Lawrence Academy

44 Main Street

Groton, MA 01450

Friday - October 4th, 2019  

8:30AM - 12:00PM


Think:Kids, a program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), is pleased to offer a one-day training program led by Dr. J. Stuart Ablon, the Founder and Director of Think:Kids & Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.


We invite families, educators, social workers, and all adults working with youth to a day of training in how to shift your thinking about challenging kids and how to understand their challenging behavior. 


At Think:Kids, we have some very different ideas about why challenging kids struggle.

Challenging behavior has traditionally been thought of as willful and goal-oriented which has led to approaches that focus on motivating better behavior using rewards and punishment programs. If you’ve tried these strategies and they haven’t worked, this workshop is for you.


Our 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®. This Intro. training serves as the prerequisite for our professional intensive training seminars (Tier 1 Training & Tier 2 Training.)


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 Collaborative Problem Solving® approach 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 introduce how to help foster positive relationships with these children and encourage growth in areas of self-regulation, communication and problem solving.


J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Founder and 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 ChangeTreating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, and The  School Discipline Fix.


A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon is ranked as one of the world’s top-rated keynote speakers in the academic arena. He trains parents, educators, and clinicians, and helps organizations throughout the world implement the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach.

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.


View Dr. Ablon's TedX Talk here:



Flat Rate: $159

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Amefika Paige will email you an invoice to process your Purchase Order or check. Please note: in order to participate in the training, your check must have been processed in advance or presented at the registration table.


Lawrence Academy

44 Main Street

Groton, MA 01450



Free parking is available in the parking lot.


No walk-ins accepted, please register early!


Non-refundable. Substitutions are permitted.


For questions regarding the training or assistance with your registration or payment please contact Amefika Paige at (617) 643-6030 or




Psychologists: An application for psychologist continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at for the status of psychologist CE credits.
Teachers: A certificate of attendance will be issued for 3 contact hours that can be submitted to the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval with another training (3 hours or greater). (PDPs can only be issued for a single or multiple trainings that are a minimum of 10 contact hours). 
Social Workers: This program has been approved for 3 Social Work Continuing Education Units for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors: This training has been approved by MMCEP for 3 continuing education hours.
Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Other: A Certificate of Attendance will be provided which can be submitted to the corresponding professional organization for consideration.
Have questions about October 2019 - Think:Kids Intro. Training: A Revolutionary Approach to Helping Kids? Contact Think:Kids at MGH: Collaborative Problem Solving®

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Lawrence Academy
44 Main Street
Groton, MA 01450

Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Think:Kids at MGH: Collaborative Problem Solving®

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 Collaborative Problem Solving approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on teaching kids the skills they need to succeed. #KidsdoWellifTheyCan


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