Larry Epstein, Ph.D, MA General Hospital’s (MGH) Think:Kids’ Director of Training and Implementation, conducted an all-day, community-wide seminar at Nantucket High School, Friday, October 9th. Dr. Epstein has extensive experience utilizing and teaching the Collaborative Problem Solving across a variety of settings including educational and clinical programs and outpatient practice. For 17 years before joining Think:Kids, Dr. Epstein worked for the Cherry Creek School District in Denver, Colorado during which time he helped develop the district’s intensive treatment program for students with significant behavioral challenges. He is also a nationally certified bullying prevention trainer and helped found the non-profit organization Creating Caring Communities.
The training seminar here on Nantucket, Rethinking How We Parent, Teach and Treat Children and Teens with Challenging Behaviors, is derived from MGH’s Department of Psychiatry’s Collaborative Problem Solving training, an evidence-based approach to addressing challenging behaviors.
The free seminar was co-sponsored by Autism Speaks, Family & Children’s Services, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Nantucket Community School and Nantucket Public Schools. Partial funding for this program came through the CFN Behavioral Health Task Force Fund/Tower Foundation grant, and the balance was awarded as a grant through the Foundation’s Nantucket Fund™.
For more information on this seminar or Think: Kids, visit their website at thinkkids.org. This Saturday, October 17th is the first annual Think:Kids Conference in Cambridge, MASS. and is sure to be another informative and encouraging event that rethinks challenging kids. To register, click here. Thank you to the above sponsors and Kim Horyn from Autism Speaks for making an event like this possible on Nantucket Island.