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Youth Mental Health Mental Health and Behavior

Professional educators deserve practical information about student mental health. To complement workshops on specific illnesses and injuries, this revealing workshop provides guidelines for boosting students’ resiliency, gathering accurate information from parents, managing mental health crises, and consulting professionals. Critical information for maximizing the mental health of the young people you serve.


Camps, Schools
Wise Use of Time Off Supervision and Management

Whether you work at day or overnight camp, you’ll need to spend your time off wisely so when you’re on duty you’re ready for anything. Working at camp takes energy and patience, but if you return to camp exhausted or hung-over, you’re likely to burn out quickly. This candid module provides solid advice on managing stress and returning refreshed from time off.


Camps
What the…? Understanding and Predicting Human Behavior Youth Development

Take the mystery out of children and teens’ most perplexing behaviors by exploring the links between nature, nurture, objective events, and subjective interpretations. Once professional educators see how nearly all behavior is driven by predictable emotions, their ability to confidently coach positive, alternative behaviors will increase tenfold.


Families
Waterfront Safety Design Physical and Emotional Safety

Prevent accidents and promote safe practices by implementing these ten waterfront enhancements before next summer. Using video clips for inspiration, participants will be challenged to work different angles of the safe waterfront equation, including construction, instruction, supervision and maintenance. Refine your practices for staff training and lost bather drills and discuss the merits applicable laws and standards.


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Time Management for Youth Leaders Supervision and Management

You might try to shoehorn a few more things into your schedule, but the world will still rotate relentlessly once every 24 hours. So although we cannot actually manage time, we can manage our lives in a way that takes full advantage of the time we have by protecting our priorities and being mindful of our choices. The perfect workshop for anyone who hasn’t had time to read a book or take a course on time management.


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Time Management for Professional Educators Supervision and Management

You might try to shoehorn a few more things into your schedule, but the world will still rotate relentlessly once every 24 hours. So although we cannot actually manage time, we can manage our lives in a way that takes full advantage of the time we have by protecting our priorities and being mindful of our choices. The perfect workshop for anyone who hasn’t had time to read a book or take a course on time management.


Schools
Suicidality: Guidelines for Lay Assessment and Prevention Mental Health and Behavior

Suicidal thoughts, emotions and behaviors can be difficult to predict and uncomfortable to discuss. However, completed suicides are permanent and devastating, so parents and other caregivers share a responsibility to assess youth who may be at risk. Learn four sensitive practices that could save a life.


Camps, Families, Schools
Stop Yelling and Get the HINT: High-Impact, No-Trouble Parenting Leadership

The challenge for parents in this captivating workshop is to produce desired behavior changes in children and teens without expending more than 1½ calories, the energy in a single breath mint. Talented parents will learn to rely on simple directions, clear consequences, and kids’ intrinsic motivation to enhance the camp experience. Manage your children while preserving your sanity and stamina.


Families
Stop Yelling and Get the HINT: High-Impact, No-Trouble Leadership Leadership

The challenge for youth leaders in this captivating workshop is to produce desired behavior changes in children and teens without expending more than 1½ calories, the energy in a single breath mint. Talented leaders will learn to rely on simple directions, clear consequences, and kids’ intrinsic motivation to enhance the camp experience. Manage groups while preserving your sanity and stamina.


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Stop Yelling and Get the HINT: High-Impact, No-Trouble Classroom Management Leadership

The challenge for professional educators in this captivating workshop is to produce desired behavior changes in students without expending more than 1½ calories, the energy in a single breath mint. Talented educators will learn to rely on simple directions, clear consequences, and students’ intrinsic motivation to enhance the camp experience. Manage the classroom while preserving your sanity and stamina.


Schools
Skillful Discipline, Part II: Even More Creative Ways to Manage Behavior Mental Health and Behavior

Seven more prevention strategies and seven more intervention strategies make this hugely helpful workshop the perfect companion to “Skillful Discipline, Part I.” Give your teachers and boarding staff the tools they need to succeed with even the most obstinate students The better prepared they are, the less likely they are to burn out.


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Skillful Discipline, Part I: Creative Behavior Management and Alternatives to Punishment Mental Health and Behavior

The biggest concern that every new camp staff has is that the children won’t listen and follow directions. No wonder! If the campers aren’t compliant, their job gets pretty tough. This innovative workshop teaches staff six prevention strategies they can use to promote good behavior. Then, they’ll learn six easy behavior management strategies to use for any misbehavior.


Camps, Schools
Situational Leadership: Respond to Any Challenge with Confidence Leadership

Ask most parents to label their style and they can do it in a word. This is unfortunate, because outstanding parenting defies one-word descriptions. This engaging workshop uses video clips to teach all kinds of primary cargivers how to rapidly assess the demands of any situation and flexibly adapt their responses to suit. The result is a measured, patient, and effective approach to parenting.


Camps, Families, Schools
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Camps Supervision and Management

This classic workshop has been imitated but never replicated. A favorite among camp directors, and sure to promote months of discussion among your senior staff, this workshop draws on Chris’s 35+ years of camp experience and 15+ years of consulting to the finest camps in the country. Intended only for camp professionals with a long-term vision of positive transformation.


Camps
Putting Camp Jobs on Your Resume: A Primer for Camp Staff Supervision and Management

Some youth leaders will make camp their life’s work; most will choose other careers. Precious few will be able to communicate the awesome responsibility of caring for other people’s children and leading diverse groups toward meaningful goals. Learn how to convince a future employer why camp experience makes you an ideal hire.


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Psychotropic Medications: Drug Holidays, Side Effects, and Other Pharmacological Nightmares Mental Health and Behavior

Psychiatric medication management presents unique challenges at independent schools Participants in this intriguing workshop will get facts about how common psych meds work, what their side effects are, how to effectively communicate with parents and prescribers, and which policies work for medication administration. A must-see session for anyone with students on psychotropic medications.


Camps, Schools
Providing Effective Feedback, Part II: In-Person Praise and Criticism Supervision and Management

Whether you’re in a supervisory position or not, providing feedback to your colleagues is an essential skill for leadership growth and development. Of course, the barrier to providing feedback is that relationships are at stake. This advanced workshop teaches youth leaders how to preserve good relationships while providing clear, in-person feedback in ways that boost everyone’s performance.


Camps, Schools
Providing Effective Feedback, Part I: Written Goal Setting and Evaluation Supervision and Management

All professional educators deserve honest feedback about their performance. In addition, heads and deans need to document the results of evaluations to fulfill legal requirements and inform next year’s hiring. This workshop showcases an intriguing variety of assessment methods. Learn how to set your faculty and staff up for success with concrete goals, achievable benchmarks and measurable outcomes.


Camps, Schools
Program Perfection: Keys to Running Superior Activity Periods Supervision and Management

We all remember the times at camp when we had so much fun we almost peed our pants. What was the magic combination of challenge, enthusiasm, novelty, and achievement that made it all come together so nicely? This workshop compels staff to shed mundane coaching and supervision techniques in favor of innovation and spunk.


Camps
Professionalism in Practice: How to Exude Positive Leadership in the Workplace Leadership

A favorite among professional educators, this workshop blends management, communication, etiquette, and conflict resolution skills into a powerful package that eliminates laziness, backstabbing, resentment, and negativity that can plague organizations. Transform pettiness to professionalism though the intentional practice of humility, leadership-by-example, and open dialogue.


Schools
Preventing Staff and Director Burn-Out: Best Practices for Stress Management Supervision and Management

Staff at any level can burn out when negative attitudes, maladaptive behaviors, and unwise use of time off take hold. Using an ecological model, this workshop teaches just the right combination of cognitive and behavioral strategies so that all youth leaders can maintain peak performance and sprint across the finish line stress-free.


Camps
Preserving Professional Teacher-Student Boundaries: Essential Concepts Supervision and Management

Professional educators can sometimes enter a grey area in which personal information is over-shared, physical touch becomes inappropriate, and emotional connections creep beyond what’s comfortable. This essential workshop details key responsibilities and boundary-preserving strategies. No school should begin the year without explicit coverage of this cornerstone of professionalism.


Schools
Preserving Professional Staff-Camper Boundaries: Essential Concepts Supervision and Management

Youth leaders can sometimes enter a grey area in which personal information is over-shared, physical touch becomes inappropriate, and emotional connections creep beyond what’s comfortable. This essential workshop details key responsibilities and boundary-preserving strategies. No youth program should begin the season without explicit coverage of this cornerstone of professionalism.


Camps
Positive Psychology in Action: Authentic Happiness for Students and Educators Mental Health and Behavior

News Flash! Psychologists no longer focus narrowly on pathology and problems…and neither should you. Instead, focus on positive psychology, which emphasizes personal strengths and optimal experiences. Problem kids and colleagues evolve into model students and educators when they tap into their signature strengths, engage in gratifying activities, and act in service to others.


Schools
Positive Psychology in Action: Authentic Happiness for Parents and Families Mental Health and Behavior

News Flash! Psychologists no longer focus narrowly on pathology and problems…and neither should you. Instead, focus on positive psychology, which emphasizes personal strengths and optimal experiences. Problem family members evolve into model children and favorite relatives when they tap into their signature strengths, engage in gratifying activities, and act in service to others.


Families
Positive Psychology in Action: Authentic Happiness for Campers and Staff Mental Health and Behavior

News Flash! Psychologists no longer focus narrowly on pathology and problems…and neither should your staff. Instead, focus on positive psychology, which emphasizes personal strengths and optimal experiences. Problem children and staff evolve into model campers and leaders when they tap into their signature strengths, engage in gratifying activities, and act in service to others.


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Positive Peer Pressure: Understanding Your Behavior in Groups Leadership

Common conceptions of peer pressure peg it as wholly negative, when in fact peers can have a tremendously positive influence on one another. This insightful workshop forces youth leaders to take an honest look at how group dynamics influence their competitiveness, creativity, concentration, and integrity. Be persuasively positive.


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Pinnacles and Pitfalls: Leadership is Learned Leadership

Culled from more than 30 summers as a youth leader, this hugely popular workshop is a collection of witty, effective, and enduring leadership techniques. Presented in a visual format that gives youth leaders a clear view of the consequences poor leadership can have as well as the wonderful outcomes of patience, initiative, and consistency. An ideal closing keynote following a full day of workshops.


Camps
Out of the Shell: Helping the Anxious or Hypersensitive Student Mental Health and Behavior

Too timid to try? Sheltered, shaking, or shy? Here are the best strategies for engaging cooperation, coaxing participation, and moving the anxious or hypersensitive student out of their comfort zone one gentle step at a time. No more tears and fears…just lots of smiles, laughs, and newfound confidence.


Schools
Out of the Shell: Helping the Anxious or Hypersensitive Child Mental Health and Behavior

Too timid to try? Sheltered, shaking, or shy? Here are the best strategies for engaging cooperation, coaxing participation, and moving the anxious or hypersensitive boy or girl out of their comfort zone one gentle step at a time. No more tears and fears…just lots of smiles, laughs, and newfound confidence.


Families
Out of the Shell: Helping the Anxious or Hypersensitive Camper Mental Health and Behavior

Too timid to try? Sheltered, shaking, or shy? Here are the best strategies for engaging cooperation, coaxing participation, and moving the anxious or hypersensitive camper out of their comfort zone one gentle step at a time. No more tears and fears…just lots of smiles, laughs, and newfound confidence.


Camps
Online Leadership-By-Example: Internet Best Practices for Staff Leadership

The Internet is public space. How staff behave in that space—like all their other behavior—should set a sterling example for young people to follow. This focused workshop gives staff practical skills for creating an online persona and social media presence that everyone can be proud of. This content is the ideal complement to the longer workshop on Internet policy development.


Camps
Online Leadership-By-Example: Internet Best Practices for Educators Leadership

The Internet is public space. How professional educators behave in that space—like all their other behavior—should set a sterling example for students to follow. This focused workshop gives educators practical skills for creating an online persona and social media presence that everyone can be proud of. This content is the ideal complement to the longer workshop on Internet policy development.


Schools
Motivation: Why We Do What We Do Youth Development

For anyone who has wondered how to get more horsepower out of their campers or colleagues, this is the workshop to ground and inspire radical new approaches. Forget carrots on sticks and start thinking about instilling intrinsic motivation by igniting the human needs for connection, autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Theory and research buttress the practical strategies in this transformative workshop.


Camps, Schools
Mental Health Crises in Context Mental Health and Behavior

If a young person in your school felt suicidal, engaged in cutting, became psychotic or appeared to be in psychological crisis, would you know what to do? This advanced workshop guides you through the ethical and clinical decisions behind handling mental health crises in setting of an independent school.


Camps, Schools
Male Call: How to Promote Healthy Male Leadership Leadership

Boys and men can bring powerful leadership to their roles as participants and youth leaders, but what about the corrosive side effects that can take hold, such as harassment homophobia, and bravado? This workshop uses case studies of unhealthy masculine stereotypes to extract enlightened methods for setting boundaries and leading by example when boys and men start to cross the line.


Camps
Ma’am, Put Down the Phone and Step Away from the Child! How to Soothe Parental Anxiety Supervision and Management

We can’t arrest our over-anxious, over-involved parents, but we can do lots to soothe their anxiety and curb their micromanagement impulses. This practical session gives you and your staff realistic, effective tools to help parents manage stress so you can get on with the business of running a camp and promoting youth development. Coach parents to let go for a bit and allow their child to blossom.


Camps
Listening to the Bright Red Scream: Understanding and Preventing Self-Harm Mental Health and Behavior

Self-mutilatory behavior is provocative, taboo, and on the rise at camps and schools across the country. Learn how this disturbing behavior develops, how to assess its dangers, and how to respond sensitively. Instead of having staff panic when they witness cutting for the first time, prepare them for the inevitable. Bonus information will be provided on the best ways to contextualize media, such as 13 Ways.


Camps, Schools
Kids Today: Essentials of Child and Adolescent Development Youth Development

Understanding the maturational milestones for boys and girls of different ages, in different cultures is essential for any youth leader. This workshop examines the social, emotional, cognitive, moral, and spiritual development of children between ages 4 and 16. A must for younger, less experienced staff about to shoulder the awesome responsibility of caring for other people’s children.


Camps
I’ll Knock Your Teeth Out: Understanding and Preventing Bullying Mental Health and Behavior

Bullying behavior is both prevalent and misunderstood. Did you know that most bullies actually have high self-esteem? Or that most bullies are themselves also targets? Using contemporary data and some classic movie clips, this workshop will enlighten caregivers and their children. Create a culture where bystanders become upstanders and where normative conflict and obvious differences bring out the best in kids.


Camps, Families, Schools
Internal Leadership Development IV: Principles of Hiring, Evaluation, and Promotion Leadership

No ILD system is complete without time-tested procedures for hiring, evaluation, and promotion. These are the techniques that eclipse any interview + criminal background check combination. Hire only those staff members whose performance you personally witness and promote only those who are truly deserving. Learn advanced techniques for feedback and in-service training that bring out the best in your staff.


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Internal Leadership Development III: Effective Mentoring of Junior Leaders Leadership

Junior leaders follow the example of senior staff and head counselors, but frequently face two problems: Either they become intoxicated with their newfound authority or they become disillusioned by the antics of senior leaders. This workshop teaches junior leaders to learn with humility and senior leaders to set a sterling example. An excellent workshop to promote collaboration up and down the organizational chart.


Camps
Internal Leadership Development II: Designing a Successful CIT / LIT Program Leadership

Camps Leader-in-Training (or Counselor-in-Training) programs have 10 common flaws that usually lead to their collapse within a few seasons. This workshop for directors of day camps, overnight camps, parks & recs, and other summer youth programs is based on the radical success of the few camps in the country that have a completely homegrown staff. It’s not magic; it’s intentional, intelligent, and innovative.


Camps
Internal Leadership Development I: Designing High-Yield ILD Programs Leadership

Camps Internal leadership development (ILD) can become your primary-or even your sole-source for the highest quality staff. This design workshop is for directors of day camps, overnight camps, parks & recs, and other summer youth programs who are committed to an multi-year process of refinement, tradition, promotion, and staff training that will revolutionize their current hiring practices.


Camps
Instantly Public: Perks and Perils of Digital Communication Supervision and Management

Are your students and employees using the Internet responsibly? Too often, the perceived anonymity of sitting alone with a screen lowers people’s inhibitions and leads them to post lascivious content, sometimes accompanied by your school’s logo. Educate to protect with some timeless parameters of integrity and respect.


Camps, Schools
Homesickness Prevention Programs for Camps and Summer Youth Programs Supervision and Management

Nearly 70% of homesickness can be prevented in the months before camp starts! Join the enlightened group of camp directors who have implemented Chris’s carefully researched methods. Watch your homesickness rates plummet right along with parental anxiety and staff frustration. Upgrade your prevention program with a powerful combination of program design and pre-arrival, online engagement.


Camps
Homesickness Prevention Programs for Boarding Schools Supervision and Management

Nearly 70% of homesickness can be prevented in the months before camp starts! Join the enlightened group of educational professionals who have implemented Chris’s carefully researched methods. Watch your homesickness rates plummet right along with parental anxiety and staff frustration. Upgrade your prevention program with a powerful combination of program design and pre-arrival, online engagement.


Schools
Homesickness Extremes: The Ethics and Logistics of Shortened Stays Mental Health and Behavior

Occasionally a case of homesickness is so severe and so chronic that the only ethical thing to do is arrange a shortened stay for a child. Exercising this option, after thoroughly exploring all other treatment plans, is complex. Learn a systematic approach that leaves families settled, staff relieved, and campers eager to return next summer.


Camps
Head, Heart, or Hybrid? Refining Your Emotional Leadership Style Leadership

Based on fascinating research in emotional intelligence, this enlightening workshop teaches parents to examine their emotional leadership style–the extent to which they tolerate and understand children’s emotions. Ultimately, a deeper understanding of children’s feeling states builds the interpersonal connections that increase compliance…and who does’t want their job to be a little easier?


Camps, Families, Schools
Go Tech-Know: Designing Your Camp’s Electronic Technology Policy Supervision and Management

Every summer youth program needs an electronic technology policy for campers and staff, but few have one. Evaluate the pros and cons of everything from smartphones to fitness watches and emerge with a coherent, mission-driven policy that young participants, youth leaders, and even parents can adhere to. Sidestep market pressures and stay true to your camp’s roots.


Camps
Extreme Makeover: Staff Training Week Edition Supervision and Management

Stop putting your staff to sleep by reading pages from your staff training manual! It’s time to overhaul your entire training program by using the MAP-IT technique. (M=Masterful meetings; A=Arc [logical temporal arc]; P=Practical; I=Individual time; T=Together time) This creative workshop for senior camp management will push the group to re-think and re-design staff education from the bottom up.


Camps
Escaping Gender Role Stereotypes: School is Practice for Life Youth Development

Boys in many cultures are socialized to be emotionally cold and macho; girls to be deferent and sexualizied. This challenging workshop will sensitize professional educators to recognize and undo these harmful patterns of cultural cornering. An enlightened school experience can help all students form authentic relationships and express their true voices.


Schools
Escaping Gender Role Stereotypes: Camp is Practice for Life Youth Development

Boys in many cultures are socialized to be emotionally cold and macho; girls to be deferent and sexualizied. This challenging workshop will sensitize youth leaders to recognize and undo these harmful patterns of cultural cornering. An enlightened camp experience can help all young people form authentic relationships and express their true voices.


Camps
Equity and Diversity: The Fabric of Summer Youth Programs Youth Development

Celebrating the differences among people introduces a whole new level of enjoyment to the experience of day or overnight camp. It may be human to fear differences at first, but a skillful leader can guide the group toward a deep appreciation and sharing of differences. This pioneering workshop cleverly reveals professional educators’ own perspectives on diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural agility.


Camps
Equity and Diversity: The Fabric of Inclusive Education Youth Development

Celebrating the differences among people introduces a whole new level of enjoyment and insight to the experience of school. It may be human to fear differences at first, but a skillful educator can guide the group toward a deep appreciation and sharing of differences. This pioneering workshop cleverly reveals educators’ own perspectives on diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural agility.


Schools
Dump the Slump: Using Executive Coaching to Achieve Consistent Excellence Leadership

Many youth leaders wish they were accomplishing this or that, but very few know the distinction between a wish and a goal. The practice of executive coaching teaches that goals are written, have specific methods and measurable outcomes, and are shared with others. Learn how clarity and accountability boost staff performance. End the mythical mid-summer slump once and for all.


Camps
Do You Want a Spanking?!…and Other Stupid Questions Grown-Ups Ask Leadership

It’s OK…we’ve all said things we don’t mean. The fact is that when parents get stressed, their behavior regresses. Not knowing how best to manage anger and other strong emotions, adults may revert to rhetorical questions, coercion, and threats they can’t possibly act on. This humorous workshop blends stress and anger management techniques with communication and discipline strategies that really work.


Families
Do I Look Fat in This? Understanding and Preventing Disordered Eating Mental Health and Behavior

Symptoms of disordered eating often emerge in boys and girls who are away from home for the first time. The symptoms can even become socially contagious. Sadly, any feelings of order, control, and self-reliance are overshadowed by malnutrition, depression, and anxiety. This workshop focuses on ways that front-line staff can prevent and recognize disordered eating.


Camps, Schools
Designing and Implementing Your Substance Use Policy Physical and Emotional Safety

Ready to move past a don’t ask; don’t tell stance on substance use? Already know that publishing your policy in the staff training manual isn’t enough? Then you’re ready to join other enlightened camp directors who’ve chosen to take a proactive stance by intentionally crafting a realistic, enforceable policy with necessary staff buy-in.


Camps
Defusing Emotional Bombs: Secrets of Effective Communication Leadership

No parent does their best thinking or problem solving when they’re upset, but it’s human nature to try. Learn cutting-edge communication techniques that quell anger and anxiety as a first step toward solving problems. Effective communication hinges on a combination of listening and self-expression skills few leaders possess. A perfect prerequisite to the Collaborative Problem Solving workshop.


Camps, Families, Schools
Data Don’t Lie: Designing Assessment Tools for Your School Supervision and Management

Whether you want a better exit survey or a new student satisfaction questionnaire, Chris can put his geeky expertise to work for you by helping you design reliable and valid assessment tools. Stop operating your school on hunches, impressions, and personal biases. Instead, base your program improvement on scientific evidence. Links to commonly used student assessment tools will be provided.


Schools
Data Don’t Lie: Designing Assessment Tools for Your Camp Supervision and Management

Whether you want a better exit survey or a new camper satisfaction questionnaire, Chris can put his geeky expertise to work for you by helping you design reliable and valid assessment tools. Stop operating your camp on hunches, impressions, and personal biases. Instead, base your program improvement on scientific evidence. Links to the ACA’s expansive assessment tool database will be provided.


Camps
Cracking Kids’ Secret Code: Hear the Subtext and Read Your Kid’s Mind Youth Development

All people speak two languages: What-they-say and What-they-mean. But even if you could hear both, why bother? Because learning to hear the underlying message in what a young person says is the fastest way to cultivate the kind of respectful relationship that increases compliance and decreases behavior problems. Entertaining video clips give parents practice using this advanced technique.


Families
Cracking Kids’ Secret Code: Hear the Subtext and Read Student’ Minds Youth Development

All people speak two languages: What-they-say and What-they-mean. But even if you could hear both, why bother? Because learning to hear the underlying message in what a young person says is the fastest way to cultivate the kind of respectful relationship that increases compliance and decreases behavior problems. Entertaining video clips will give educators practice using this advanced technique.


Schools
Cracking Kids’ Secret Code: Hear the Subtext and Read Campers’ Minds Youth Development

All people speak two languages: What-they-say and What-they-mean. But even if you could hear both, why bother? Because learning to hear the underlying message in what a young person says is the fastest way to cultivate the kind of respectful relationship that increases compliance and decreases behavior problems. Entertaining video clips will give leaders practice using this advanced technique.


Camps
Coping with the Death of a Student Mental Health and Behavior

This individualized crisis management workshop for heads of schools is a crisis-management must. Chris will work with you one-on-one to be sure that you know how to support families, students, and your fellow educators should a tragedy occur at your school. The workshop also includes free information from media relations and communication with insurance professionals.


Schools
Coping with the Death of a Camper Mental Health and Behavior

This individualized crisis management workshop for directors is an off-season must. Chris will work with you one-on-one to be sure that you know how to support families, campers, and staff should a tragedy occur at your camp. The workshop also includes free information from media relations and communication with insurance professionals.


Camps
Collaborative Problem Solving Leadership

Extend your skills beyond the old-fashioned problem-solving rubric of identification, brainstorming, and trial-and-error. Because this outdated method neglects genuine empathy and identification of needs, it can backfire or escalate conflict. This workshop draws on new research that gives parents powerful tools to identify needs, communicate effectively, and resolve conflicts durably.


Camps, Families, Schools
Classic Problem Solving: Using Options and Evaluation to Promote Group Consensus Mental Health and Behavior

Classic problem solving is a powerful way to use the group’s wisdom to find a solution that works for everyone. In this insightful workshop, participants will learn the step-by-step approach successful that successful leaders use to solve all sorts of common problems. No professional educator should be without this fundamental conflict resolution toolkit. Far superior to blaming and shaming.


Camps, Families, Schools
But It’s Tradition! Transforming Hazing into Healthy Bonding Physical and Emotional Safety

The paradox of hazing–which may be happening right under your nose–is that it creates superficial bonding while eroding genuine social connections. Tragically, hazing endangers youth leaders and creates deep rifts in any leadership team. By distinguishing hazing from healthy tradition, this workshop promotes authentic feelings of group membership. An excellent choice for returning and senior staff.


Camps, Schools
Becoming a Youth Development Professional: Making the Transition from ME to KIDS Youth Development

Day and overnight camps are powerful, positive developmental experiences for children. Their growth hinges on the quality of their relationship with energetic youth leaders, so it is essential that they see themselves as professionals. This honest workshop pushes all staff to make the transition from focusing on themselves to focusing on the needs of the young people they serve.


Camps
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Promoting Focus and Compliance Mental Health and Behavior

Diagnosis or not, the symptoms of impulsivity and distractibility are so prevalent in children and teens that every professional educator needs techniques to promote focus and complance. This workshop dispels myths about attention deficits, explains effective behavior management strategies, and provides realistic practice in strategies that help young people attend, retain information, and inhibit impulses.


Camps, Families, Schools
Appreciative Inquiry: Strengths-Based Organizational Change Supervision and Management

Organizations such as schools are full of different problems, right? Effective educators identify these problems, brainstorm solutions, and motivate others to adopt a fix, right? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you haven’t adopted a success mindset. Learn a radically different “change management” approach that will reset your attitudes and behaviors by teaching you to capitalize on strengths.


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