Think:Kids workshops coming to Martha’s Vineyard


The Island Wide Youth Collaborative, in conjunction with Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Disability Services Family Support Center, the Youth Task Force, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, is sponsoring two introductory workshops on the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving Approach with Larry Epstein on Monday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 8, at MVRHS.

According to a press release, the workshop on March 7 is designed for parents and will take place from 5:30 to 8 pm at the MVRHS library. The workshop on March 8 is designed for educators, clinicians, and community members, and will take place from 1 to 5 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center.

The release says that both workshops will focus on the revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with behavioral challenges, and 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 Think:Kids approach avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures, and instead focuses on teaching kids the skills they need to succeed.

To register for the parent workshop on March 7, visit The workshop on March 8 does not require registration. If you need assistance with childcare, or for more information, please call 508-693-7900, ext. 400.