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Professional Development Opportunities

Understanding Children with Challenging Behavior: Successful Approaches to Supporting Students Presented by Bruce Perry, MD, Ph.D. and J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.

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1/21/2014 8:00am - 4:30pm
1/22/2014 8:00am - 4:30pm
Registration Period: 
10/23/2013 - 1/3/2014

We have reached full capacity for this workshop so registration is closed.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please email Verda McClain at

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Stuart Ablon, M.D. will present strategies to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical applications and how educators can better nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children.

To understand and improve the lives of children, it is essential that we understand the way our brains connect us to one another and the rhythm that those interactions create in us.  We will look at the successful merging of the understanding of how our brains make connections and the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach.


Bruce Perry, MD, Ph.D., is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX that promotes innovations in service, research and education in child maltreatment and childhood trauma (  Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog:  What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing, a popular book based on his work with maltreated children.  Over the last twenty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and research in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.  Dr. Perry is the author of over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors.

J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon co-founded the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving where he also served as Co-Director from its inception until 2008. Dr. Ablon is co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was recently ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena - See more at:

Schedule - January 21, 2014:                        Schedule - January 22, 2014:
8:00-8:30  Registration                                       8:00-8:30  Sign-In
8:30-4:30  Presentation                                      8:30-4:30  Presentation
Light breakfast, snacks and lunch buffet provided for both days

WESD Component District Members - Free
Non-WESD Component District Members - $100 per person

To Register: 
This workshop is full and we are not taking any more registrations.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please email Verda McClain at   


Contact Information: 
Verda McClain / / 503.385.4718
Red Lion Hotel / 3301 Market St NE / Salem, OR 97301
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