Conference coordinators and planners will find biographical information, proposed titles and descriptions of key talks, and a choice of three high-resolution photos, which can be used for publicity/marketing purposes.
The titles and descriptions are provided as examples of the presentations offered by Dr. Brooks and can be modified given the particular interests or needs of any group. The presentations can be tailored in terms of length of time to fit the schedules of the sponsoring group.
For the sake of simplicity, the titles and descriptions have been divided into the following three main groups/organizations for which Dr. Brooks has presented, but several talks are relevant for all three groups:
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Dr. Robert B. Brooks has lectured nationally and internationally to audiences of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people on topics pertaining to motivation, resilience, family relationships, the qualities of effective leaders and executives, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He has also written extensively about these topics. He is the author or co-author of 21 books including: Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success; Chasing Positivity: The Charismatic Advisor in Conversation; Reflections on Mortality: Insights into Meaningful Living; Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience; Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; The Self-Esteem Teacher; The Charismatic Advisor: Becoming a Source of Strength in the Lives of Your Clients; Raising Resilient Children; Nurturing Resilience in Our Children: Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions; Raising a Self-Disciplined Child; Handbook of Resilience in Children (1st, 2nd, & 3rd editions); Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less; Angry Children, Worried Parents: Seven Steps to Help Families Manage Anger; Seven Steps to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills; Understanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; A Pediatric Approach to Learning Disorders; and So That’s How I Was Born! (a sex education book for young children). Drs. Brooks and Sam Goldstein also prepared a parenting video and curriculum about resilience and have produced a documentary “Tough Times, Resilient Kids” that was a finalist in the 23rd Telly Awards.
Dr. Brooks received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University and did additional training at the University of Colorado Medical School. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School (part-time) and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. His first position at McLean Hospital was as principal of the school in the locked door unit of the child and adolescent program. He has a part-time private practice in which he sees children, adolescents, adults, and families and has appeared regularly on television shows in the Boston area as well as on national cable television. He completed a videotape and educational guide for PBS titled “Look What You’ve Done! Stories of Hope and Resilience” that focuses on resilience in children with special needs and participated in the production of two videotapes by Sunburst Communications, one about parenting children with learning and attention problems and the other about developing responsibility in children.
Dr. Brooks received a Gubernatorial Award for Distinguished Public Service for his work with the Governor’s Alliance Against Drugs; as part of his contribution to the Alliance, he co-authored a pamphlet for parents about talking with children and adolescents about drugs. Dr. Brooks also received “Hall of Fame” awards from both CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) and the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities for his work with special needs children and adolescents, a Special Recognition and Media Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association, the Friends of Family Award from the Family Place, MA and the Mandy Overton Award from St. David’s Child Development and Family Services, Minnetonka, MN for his work on behalf of children and families, The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prentice School in Santa Ana, CA for his efforts on behalf of students with learning differences, the Distinguished Leadership Award from Learning Disabilities Worldwide in recognition of his contributions and commitment to the field of learning disabilities, and the Outstanding Educator Award for Mental Health Education from the New England Educational Institute, Pittsfield, MA. Most recently he received the Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College, Newton, MA, for his work as a clinician, educator, and author and the Trailblazer Award from Worldmaker International, Cedar Rapids, IA in recognition of his contributions “to the field of human resilience, and his innovations in creating new pathways for many.” In addition, Dr. Brooks has served as a consultant to Sesame Street Parents Magazine.