School Shootings, Behavioural Challenges and the Role of Teachers

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Where do we even begin? In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida shooting, upcoming Spring 2018 Series speaker Ross Greene writes, “We had 19 years to prevent this tragedy. We can’t only pay attention to what happened in the past six months. What could we have done differently over those 19 years to keep this from happening?” Read more in this article about the state of mental health resources available for students in the United States. 

In Canada, thankfully, we do not face the epidemic of school shootings currently experienced by our friends south of the border. However, we are not immune to the kind of behavioural challenges that have poisoned our ability to have civil and nuanced political discourse and disagreement over complex issues (Subways vs cars, anyone? How about #metoo or Black Lives Matter?).

Increasingly, as a society, even the adults do not know how to manage behavioural challenges. How then do we expect children and teens to?

Ross Greene’s work is particularly relevant in this time of upheaval and hard discussions where black-and-white answers no longer suffice. Ever since the publication of his book “The Explosive Child,” Ross Greene has delivered great insights and tools for working with challenging kids. He continues to show us how to move from power struggles to compassionate collaboration. If we can start with the younger generation, we can hope for a better future.

Ross Greene presents:

Helping Behaviourally Challenged Kids: Shifting from Power and Control to Collaboration and Skills

April 26 – 27, 2018

Click here for full workshop description.

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