In his presentations for school administrators, teachers, and other professionals who work in schools, Dr. Brooks describes the mindset and accompanying actions of professionals who are effective in reaching and teaching all students and creating a positive school environment. He offers realistic, practical strategies for nurturing intrinsic motivation, learning, and resilience while lessening anger and resistance in students. His presentations for mental health and health care professionals are rooted in a strength-based therapeutic approach that relies on identifying and reinforcing the “islands of competence” of both children and adults to help them deal with the challenges they face and lead a more resilient, optimistic, productive lifestyle. Dr. Brooks also outlines strategies for professionals in the fields of education and mental health to manage their own stress so that they are more successful in helping those in their care.
- “The Power of Mindsets: Creating a Positive School Climate”
- “Touching a Student’s Mind and Heart: The Mindset of the Effective Educator”
- “The Power of Mindsets: Nurturing Motivation, Hope, and Resilience in Children with Special Needs” or “Working with Angry and Resistant Youth: Strategies for Fostering Motivation, Self-Discipline, and Resilience”
These topics have some overlap and are typically offered as a keynote or a half-day or full-day workshop.
The presentations pertaining to special needs children and angry children are geared not only for professionals but for parents as well.
Depending on the themes of the presentations, the following are possible topics addressed by Dr. Brooks: (a) the mindset of educators and other professionals who are more effective in teaching and reaching children and adolescents, (b) the importance of empathy in understanding and responding to youngsters, (c) exercises to promote empathy, (d) the lifelong impact that adults have on children and adolescents, (e) the significance of a strength-based approach in which each child’s “islands of competence” are identified and reinforced, (f) the components of motivation, (e) the characteristics of the mindset of resilient youth, and (g) specific strategies for reinforcing this mindset in at-risk youth and nurturing motivation, self-discipline, self-dignity, caring, responsibility, hope and resilience. In the workshop about “Angry and Resistant Youth” there is also a section about how professionals and parents can strengthen their own “stress hardiness” so as to be less stressed and more effective in working with or raising challenging youth.
PowerPoint Outline: “The Power of Mindsets: Creating a Positive School Climate” – Download as a PDF
PowerPoint Outline: “The Power of Mindsets: Nurturing Motivation, Hope, and Resilience in Children with Special Needs” – Download as a PDF
PowerPoint Outline: “Working with Angry and Resistant Youth: Strategies for Fostering Motivation, Self-Discipline, and Resilience” – Download as a PDF