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Note: In this video, Dr. Stuart Ablon, Director of the Think:Kids program in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH, describes the general tenets of a model of care called Collaborative Problem Solving, which was originated by Dr. Ross Greene in his book The Explosive Child. In 2008, Dr. Greene was forced to end his tenure as the original Director of the Think:Kids program when the Chief of Psychiatry at MGH, Dr. Jerrold Rosenbaum, demanded that he relinquish his intellectual property to MGH. Dr. Greene refused to do so. Since that time, Dr. Ablon and the Think:Kids program have disseminated a variant of Dr. Greene’s work. In 2013, MGH took successful legal action to prohibit Dr. Greene from referring to the model he originated by the name Collaborative Problem Solving. Dr. Greene now refers to his work as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions, and his new non-profit, Lives in the Balance (www.livesinthebalance.org) provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on his model.

Dr. Stuart Ablon is a child psychologist who specializes in working with challenging children and their families, teachers and helpers.
He serves as the Director of Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Challenging behavior exhibited by children and adolescents is a common concern and frustration for parents, teachers, and other helpers. In this talk, Dr. Stuart Ablon of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School will challenge the conventional wisdom about what causes challenging behavior and as a result what we should do to help. Drawing from research in the neurosciences, Dr. Ablon will suggest a revolutionary way of thinking about challenging behavior and a corresponding process by which kids of all kinds can be taught skills of flexibility, frustration tolerance and problem solving.


About the Speaker

J Stuart Ablon

J Stuart Ablon

Dr. Stuart Ablon is Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. He co-founded the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving where he also served as co-director from its inception until 2008 when he founded Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. Through training, support and clinical services in their revolutionary, evidence-based approach, Think:Kids promotes the belief that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, the Collaborative Problem Solving approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on building helping relationships and teaching at-risk kids the skills they need to succeed.

Dr. Ablon’s research has been funded by, amongst others, the National Institute of Health, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute, and the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and other philanthropic gifts and grants.

Dr. Ablon has trained thousands of parents, educators, and clinicians and consults to schools and treatment programs throughout the world on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. He has led large-scale implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving, for example, throughout the entire State of Oregon and the Ottawa System of Care. Dr. Ablon has also directed implementation in large school systems throughout North America including collaboration with the Department of Education in New York City. In addition, he has led implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving in correctional systems such as the Oregon Youth Authority and the training of all school safety agents and officers in the New York Police Department.

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 by Speaker Ranked.