Children and adolescents who display anger and disruptive behaviors pose significant challenges for parents, clinicians, and other professional childcare professionals in their lives. In this webinar Dr. Brooks will examine these behaviors within a strength-based treatment approach that provides guidelines and strategies for lessening angry and challenging behaviors while creating positive emotions and reinforcing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, intrinsic motivation, and resilience in these youth.
Dr Brooks will describe (a) the mindset and accompanying behaviors of clinicians who work effectively with angry children and adolescents, (b) the concept of a “resilient mindset,” (c) the different “waves” of resilience research during the past 45 years, (d) the power of one person to change the trajectory of a child’s life, labeled by the late psychologist Julius Segal as a “charismatic adult” or an adult from whom children “gather strength,” (e) the impact of “micro moments” in therapy, (f) the significance of “positive emotions” as a basic foundation for therapeutic change, (g) the importance of empathy and empathic communication, (h) lessening “avoidance motivation,” and (i) the components of a theory that offers guidelines for nurturing a “resilient mindset” in challenging youth. These guidelines and strategies can be applied in a number of settings. Dr. Brooks will use many case examples to describe concepts and strategies.