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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
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
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.


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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
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
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.


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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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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.


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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.


Camps, 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
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