The Marsico Institute
The Marsico Institute Presents the 2017 Community Lecture
Rethinking Challenging Behavior: Strengthening Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood
Challenging behavior has traditionally been thought of as willful and goal oriented, which has led to approaches that focus on motivating better behavior using reward and punishment programs. However, research over the last several decades demonstrates that for the majority of children, their challenges result from a lack of crucial social-emotional skills, such as problem solving, frustration on tolerance, and flexibility. In this presentation, participants will have an opportunity to shift their perspective about challenging behavior and learn specific strategies for working more effectively with young children who exhibit significant behavioral challenges.
Larry Epstein, Ph.D., is the Director of Training and Implementation for Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an Assistant in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the Think:Kids team, Dr. Epstein worked for the Cherry Creek School District in Denver, Colorado for 17 years, during which time he helped develop the district’s intensive treatment program for students with significant behavioral challenges. He helped found the non-profit organization Creating Caring Communities, where he served as Board President. Dr. Epstein also spent several years as a classroom teacher, teaching social-emotional skills to students in a general education setting.
(Wednesday) 4:45 pm - 6:45 pm MST
Morgridge College of Education Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall University of Denver, KRH Commons
1999 East Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80208
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