Rethinking Challenging Kids

Event Date

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Red Lion, Pendleton

*Lunch is provided, Registration is FREE


Speaker: J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.

J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the 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 Change, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, and The School Discipline Fix. 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. He trains parents, educators, and clinicians, and helps organizations throughout the world implement the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.

Take away some TOOLS to work with challenging students!  

"While challenging kids let us know they’re struggling in some fairly common ways (screaming, swearing, defying, hitting, spitting, throwing things, breaking things, crying, running, withdrawing, and so forth), they are quite unique as individuals when it comes to the mix of lagging thinking skills that set the stage for these behaviors. This means that prior to focusing on the teaching of cognitive skills one must first identify the skills that are lagging in each individual child or adolescent."

Who should attend? School Counselors, Special Education Teachers, Administrators, other Support Staff


IMESD Staff, contact your Department Director for registration

non-IMESD staff, please register below


Questions? Contact: Chris Bettineski,