News Release

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

Workshop for Professionals: “The Explosive Child”

A seminar focusing on intense temper outbursts, verbal and physical aggression and poor tolerance for frustration and flexibility in children

Hampton Roads, Va.—A workshop for professionals entitled “The Explosive Child” will be held Friday, April 8, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. The program will focus on diagnosing and dealing with children with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), i.e. children whose outbursts and anti-social behavior have extremely adverse effects on family life and school and stem from intense temper outbursts, verbal and physical aggression and poor tolerance for frustration and flexibility. The featured presenter will be Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the CPS Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he specializes in the treatment of explosive children and adolescents and their families. Dr. Greene is the originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach for working with explosive/noncompliant children and adolescents. During the workshop, he’ll review current research documenting ODD and provide a comprehensive overview of the CPS approach to treatment, a model of intervention aimed at improving problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance and decreasing adversarial adult-child interactions. The workshop is targeted to parents, teachers, guidance counselors, probation and parole officers, social workers, counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, nurses and physical, occupational and speech therapists. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 6.0 contact hours. Continuing education credits will be available through Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University. CEU forms will be available at the registration table. There is a $45 registration fee, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline is April 1. The program is co-presented by CHKD and The Barry Robinson Center. For information or to register, download a program brochure or call Elliott Levin at (757) 668-7932.