About this event

DATE: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Registration: 9:15 to 10 am

Program: 10 am to 3:15 pm


The Starr Center Auditorium

Mass. General Hospital

185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor

Boston, MA 02114


Email: educationprogram@partners.org

Phone: 866-644-7792


This free educational program is made possible by generous support from the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation.



Program Description

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend the May symposium The Resilient Child.

Resilience is a critical developmental process that helps us all prevent hardship in our lives, and also insures coping skills under situations of adversity. Research has shown that resilience depends upon a number of elements including the temperament or traits children possess from birth, along with the influence of their environment. A child develops resilience through a secure attachment with parents and caregivers and by becoming increasingly aware of his or her own emotional states and reactions to experiences in the world. Participants in this course will learn how we can foster resilience in our children, adolescents and young adults.

Our course will include a lecture about living with learning disabilities and ways children can grow and prosper despite such limitations. Expert faculty will focus on bullying and how parents, teachers and peers may manage such behavior and optimally prevent it. Additionally, participants will learn about the role of the family, and, in particular, the family dinner in the promotion of resilience.

Some children are born challenging to parents, family members, peers and other adults in their lives. Participants will appreciate ways in which such children and their caregivers may become more resilient through a process of problem solving. This topic will also be part of a panel discussion in which parents of challenging children will discuss the help they received through the MGH Program Think:Kids.

About the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of seven decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders.

The Clay Center for Young and Healthy Minds at the Massachusetts General Hospital is built on the belief that knowledge is power. To that end, The Clay Center aims to be a reliable and trusted source of information on how to understand and support the mental health and learning needs of young people, prevent hardships and develop coping strategies for those at risk of emotional distress. Its primary goals are to: enhance resilience, a person’s ability to maintain personal and social stability despite adversity; increase awareness of mental health and learning challenges and available treatments among parents, and those who work directly with young people; and provide guidance around self-care, and when to seek help from a professional.

Learning & Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital assesses students and children ages 2 to 22 who have developmental difficulties and consults with their parents, teachers and care providers. LEAP’s clinical professionals have devoted their training, research and clinical practice to acquiring the specialized skills needed to assess children with learning disabilities, psychological and developmental disorders. Our team loves working with children and has a natural ability to put them at ease.

Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital teaches a revolutionary, evidence-based approach called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) for helping children with behavioral challenges. Through training, support and clinical services, we promote the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, the CPS approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on building helping relationships and teaching at-risk kids the skills they need to succeed.

The MGH Psychiatry Academy (MGH-PA) was launched in 2005 to bring high quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. Since 2008 the MGH-PA has had more than 35,000 healthcare providers participate in live symposia and on-line activities. In 2010, the MGH-PA assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center. The MGH-PA is now providing education for individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help people work with their doctors toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment results.


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