Sussex County Mental Health Board Hosts Program on How to Help Challenging or Explosive Kids
Many parents of children or teens with challenging behaviors have been told, "You just need to be tougher or more consistent!" Yet many who have tried a "tough love" approach have found it to exacerbate rather than put an end to problem behaviors, and this method often triggers explosive meltdowns. Their children may be dealing with underlying learning disabilities and/or mental illnesses that prevent them from being able to change after experiencing negative consequences stemming from their behaviors.
Nationally known speaker Alicia Stevenson will be coming to Sussex County on May 7, 2014, to explain why traditional methods of behavioral intervention doesn't work for many challenging kids and to present a step-by-step approach that does work--from the perspective of a parent who has been there. Her presentation will be based on the "Collaborative Problem Solving" (CPS) model originated by Ross Greene, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Alicia Stevenson is a certified mentor in Collaborative Problem Solving and the mother of a child with multiple learning disabilities and mental health challenges. She has done over 300 presentations nationwide.
The May 7th presentation will be held from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., at Sussex County Community College, Student Center Theater, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ. The event is being hosted in honor of Children's Mental Health Week by the Sussex County Mental Health Board in collaboration with the Sussex County affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Family Partners of Morris/Sussex FSO, and the SCCC Student Learning Center.
"Alicia Stevenson's passionate and engaging style makes this presentation a must-see for parents, mental health professionals, educators, law enforcement and justice system personnel, and anyone interested in finding new ways of helping challenging kids," said Jeri Doherty, President of NAMI Sussex and member of the Sussex County Mental Health Board.
The CPS model is expanded on in the books The Explosive Child and Lost at School by Ross Greene, Ph.D., and Treating Explosive Kids by Ross Greene, Ph.D. and J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D. This revolutionary and innovative model, described as compassionate, effective, and respectful, is gaining widespread international attention.
Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Please call 973-940-3194 to join us for this informative presentation. Certificates of attendance will be provided for educators and other professionals needing documentation of professional development hours. For more information, please contact Christine Florio at (973) 940-5200 ext. 1381.