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Helping Youth Transform Negative Behavioral Patterns

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Helping Youth Transform Negative Behavioral Patterns

Presented by Lidia Genovese, Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, Counseling, Educational/Developmental and Clinical Psychologist
Hosted by Ramsey Jay, Jr., Partner, 21st Century Thinking

Sponsored by 21st Century Thinking

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As Dr. Allan Schore put it, “Kids’ behaviors are simply an expression of their neurological needs.” So, when young people act out—with violence, disrespect, aggression, withdrawal—in a very real way, this behavior is how they are managing the discomfort and pain that they feel inside.

Through the CABCAA (Cognition, Affect, Behavior, Consequences, and Adaptive Affect) model, this edWebinar teaches educators how to help youth change negative behavioral patterns and improve their mental health using an “inside/out” (as opposed to an “outside/in”) approach. The model reflects how all of us create our own reality. Beginning very early in life, we meet our neurological needs by adjusting to the environment around us through our actions. These actions, motivated by feelings and reinforced by the consequences of those actions combine to form a “track,” an ongoing pattern that we often fall into without even realizing. Over time, our tracks become the personal reality that we experience.

By helping young people to surface their tracks, particularly the unproductive ones, they can proactively decide which behaviors and thoughts to change. Programs using the CABCAA model are in use throughout Australia and are being piloted in the United States. Some versions specifically target the negative impact of trauma on learning and behavior. Studies have shown that the programs lead to an improvement in the areas of depression, aggression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers and school and district leaders at the elementary through higher education levels.

About the Presenter

Lidia Genovese began her professional life as an elementary school teacher and only later, in 1976, became a school psychologist. She holds a Masters of Psychology from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. She has held leadership roles in the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is currently Chair of the APS Perth branch. Lidia has developed training programs, CABCAA – Changing Tracks, for leaders based on cognitive behavioral principles. CABCAA (the acronym for Cognition, Affect, Behavior, Consequences, Adaptive Affect) programs are designed for groups that are experiencing psychological difficulties in their lives ranging from elementary school children to adolescents and young adults. Lidia inspires people to make changes in their lives. Her presentations, delivered with humor and enthusiasm, are thought provoking, entertaining, and based on best practice learning principles. Throughout her career she has developed and run countless workshops for professionals and the community and presented at conferences all around the world.


About the Host

Ramsey Jay, Jr. is a partner in 21st Century Thinking. Additionally, he is a finance executive and a widely recognized expert on leadership development. Ramsey is a highly sought after international motivational speaker, strategic communication consultant, and executive coach. He is driven by his mission, “Empowering Dreamers to Become Achievers,” which is also the title of his book. In 2018, he traveled to Dublin, Ireland to present his research as a featured speaker at the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education. One of his most memorable engagements was speaking at the White House at an event hosted by former President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fresno State where he was a five-time all-conference track and field athlete and his Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business where he was voted speaker of the 105th graduating class.


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21st Century Thinking provides innovative social and emotional learning (SEL) programs to schools that equip youth to “Change Their Tracks” by teaching thinking and decision-making skills in a real, engaging, and enjoyable way.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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