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The Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education welcomes parents, educators, and other professionals working with children from toddlerhood to adolescence to hear Dr. Ross Greene present a lecture, Collaborative Problem Solving: Teaching, Parenting, and Treating Challenging Kids.

Dr. Greene is the author of the recently released book, Lost at School: Why Our Most Vulnerable, At-Risk Kids Still Fall Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Explosive Child. Dr. Greene is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Greene is the originator of a model of psychosocial treatment called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). Based on research in the neurosciences over the past 30 years, the CPS model posits that challenging behavior is a form of developmental delay and the byproduct of lagging cognitive skills in the global domains of flexibility/adaptablility, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving. CPS helps adults and kids solve the problems precipitating challenging behavior and simultaneously teach kids the skills they're lacking.

The model, which represents a dramatic departure from conventional wisdom and practice, has been found to be highly effective in an array of settings, including families, general and special education schools, therapeutic groups homes, and inpatient, residential, and juvenile detention facilities. Participants in this workshop will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the CPS model and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to and used in these diverse settings.

Monday, October 12, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-noon

Graham Hall
Located in Hillyer Hall in the Brown Fine Arts Center, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

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Campus and Community

Smith College is located in the town of Northampton, which was officially designated as the number one small town for arts in the country in a recent edition of The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America by John Villani. Participants may visit the many shops, cafés, restaurants, and galleries in Northampton as well as the attractions on campus, such as the Botanic Garden.


There are many options for lunch in downtown Northampton, Sam's Cafe at the Smith College Museum of Art and at the Smith College Campus Center Cafe.


Download the Registration Form (PDF)

Before September 25: $75; After September 25: $85

Please mail completed registration to:
Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education
Fort Hill
28 Lyman Road
Northampton, MA 01063

Or fax to (413) 585-3292 (credit card payment only)

A handling fee of $25 will be deducted from refunds for cancellations that are received by mail, e-mail, or fax by October 2, 2009, 5 p.m. EST. Registration fees will not be refunded after October 2, 2009.

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