News Release

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Contact: Rachel Smith, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

Workshop for Professionals Working with High-Risk Youth

"Working with Angry and Difficult Youth: Strategies for Fostering Motivation, Self-Discipline and Resilience"

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and The Barry Robinson Center will host a workshop for professionals working with high-risk and angry youth on Thursday, March 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. The program, entitled “Working with Angry and Difficult Youth: Strategies for Fostering Motivation, Self-Discipline and Resilience,” will focus on techniques that can be used to encourage self-discipline, self-esteem, motivation, cooperation, hope and resilience in young people while reducing anger and alienation. Case examples will also be used to demonstrate the use of successful strategies in a variety of settings that lessen resistance while nurturing cooperation and self-dignity. The featured presenter will be Robert Brooks, Ph.D., a faculty member of Harvard Medical School, and author of the book, “The Self-Esteem Teacher.” Dr. Brooks, the creator of a video and educational guide for PBS entitled “Look What You’ve Done! Stories of Hope and Resilience” has also co-written several books including “Raising Resilient Children,” that discuss strategies for helping angry youth. The workshop is targeted to teachers, guidance counselors, probation officers, social workers, psychologists, pediatricians and any other professionals who work with high-risk youth on a regular basis. There is a $30 registration fee, including a lunch buffet, and the registration deadline is February 27. Late registration fee: add $10 (given space availability). Continuing Education Credits will also be available through Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 6.0 contact hours upon completion. For more information about the workshop or to register, please call (757) 668-7932.