Dr. Brooks offers a number of presentations for the public. Several of his talks are geared for parents and other caregivers and focus on strategies for raising resilient, responsible, caring, self-disciplined children and adolescents. Other presentations examine relationships among all family members, identifying factors that promote closeness and respect. Still other talks highlight what adults can do for themselves to lead more satisfying, meaningful, resilient lives.
“Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents” – Typically offered in 80-90 minutes in the evening; there is a half-day and full-day version.
In this presentation Dr. Brooks describes factors that help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and pressure and become resilient. He discusses (a) the importance of empathy in understanding and responding to children, (b) why some children from birth have a more difficult time developing a positive self-image and resilience than other children, (c) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child or adolescent’s “islands of competence,” and (d) specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children.
PowerPoint Outline: “Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents” – Download as a PDF
“Raising a Self-Disciplined Child” – typically offered in 80-90 minutes in the evening
In this presentation Dr. Brooks describes the importance of parents and other caregivers becoming effective disciplinarians. He highlights three different kinds of disciplinary styles and identifies the style that contributes most to helping children to become increasingly self-disciplined, respectful, responsible, and resilient rather than angry and resentful. He also emphasizes the importance of assuming a prevention rather than simply an intervention approach to lessen the emergence of counterproductive behaviors in children and adolescents.
“Fostering Family Closeness and Respect” – typically offered in 80-90 minutes in the evening; there is also a half-day and full-day version that overlaps with the “Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents” half-day and full-day presentation.
In this presentation Dr. Brooks describes factors that help families to experience greater warmth and respect. He discusses the importance of (a) practicing empathy in order to understand and respond to each family member, (b) changing “negative scripts,” (c) establishing realistic expectations and goals, (d) becoming a charitable family, (e) disciplining in ways that promote self-discipline rather than resentment, and (f) helping each family member to feel special and appreciated.