Treating Explosive Kids

Treating Explosive Kids is a new 6-hour book-based CEU course for mental health professionals.

Treating Explosive Kids“Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach” (2006, 246 pages) provides a detailed framework for effective, individualized intervention with highly oppositional children and their families. Many vivid examples and Q&A sections show how to identify the specific cognitive factors that contribute to explosive and noncompliant behavior, remediate these factors, and teach children and their adult caregivers how to solve problems collaboratively. The book also describes challenges that may arise in implementing the model and provides clear and practical solutions. Two special chapters focus on intervention in schools and in therapeutic/restrictive facilities. Course #60-95 | 45 posttest questions | This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon.

CE Credit: 6 Hours
Target Audience: Psychologists | Counselors | Social Workers | Marriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)
Learning Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Test Only

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC #5590); the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC #000279); the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346); the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625); the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (#193); and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501).

Book Reviews:

“This is by far the best approach I have ever encountered for children who are easily frustrated, chronically inflexible, and explosive (as well as those who “shut down” rather than explode). As a clinical and school psychologist who has worked with such children and families for over 15 years, this approach is the one that works when so many others have failed.” – L. David Epstein

“Very helpful for therapists and parents who want to use the Collaborative Problem Approach with explosive kids. Using plenty of examples and scripts, Drs. Green and Ablon help to walk people through the approach, through common pitfalls, and provide guidance and support for therapists working with families. A must-read for every family therapist and teacher who has ever worked with an explosive child.” – A. Wilson

“I’m a clinical therapist with 18 years’ experience. Several years ago I attended Dr. Green’s training and was very impressed. So much in the mental health field, for working w/ behaviorally challenging kids and parents, focuses on rewards and consequences – basic behavioralism – which only works part of the time for part of the population. This is a wise and effective alternative, and one in consonance with what we’re learning about why explosive kids are that way. My specialty areas are complex trauma and attachment disorders, which aren’t mentioned as root causes for the difficulties in self-regulation skills for (I believe) a majority of explosive kids, which I think is an oversight. However, Dr. Green’s creation of interventions which address the effects of these skill deficits remains an outstanding acheivement. His “Plan A, Plan B, Plan C” model is easily explained by clinicians and understood by parents. His model keeps parents empowered, gives them reasonable guidelines for which plan to use when, strengthens both kids’ and parents’ abilities to problem-solve in a connective, caring way, and gives kids hope for their own growth and change.” – Michal Osier


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