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Keys to Treating Kids with Behavior Problems

  • 16 Nov 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 1435 School House Rd., Montecito, California 93108

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Keys to Treating Kids with Behavior Problems

Presenter: Don R. MacMannis, Ph.D. 


In this salon, Dr. MacMannis will provide a power-point presentation on factors important to the successful treatment of kids with behavior problems. Having specialized in this work for decades, he will outline an integrative approach that helps parents turn things around and set limits with kids in effective, caring ways. Topics include:

•Applying principles from brain research and the discovery of mirror neurons

•Understanding the nature of a child’s competing ”sub-selves” around behaving

•Factoring in diagnostics concerns and ADD

•Differentiating between kids who are acting out at home and/or at school

•Coaching parents in how to operate from a place of healthy detachment

•Applying techniques of paradox, reverse psychology and humor to enhance motivation

•Creating a collaborative new approach that’s introduced in a family meeting

•Uncovering and addressing the effects of parents’ own childhood issues


Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

1. Name one finding from brain research that applies to successful relationships and parenting.

2. Describe the rationale for using an integrative approach to treating strong-willed kids. 

3. Apply ways to help parents handle strong emotions as a means to setting limits in a caring fashion.


Crandall, A., Ghazarian, S. The Interface of Maternal Cognitions and Executive Function in Parenting and Child Conduct Problems. Family Relations, 2018; 67 (3): 339 

MacMannis, D., and Manchester, D. How’s Your Family Really Doing?: 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family, 2013.

MacMannis, D., and Manchester, D. Who’s the Boss? The Win-Win Way to Parent Your Defiant, Strong-Willed Child, 2015.

 Pinquart, M. 2017. Associations of parenting dimensions and styles with externalizing problems of children and adolescents: An updated meta-analysis. Developmental Psychology. 53 (5): 873-932


CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA). The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licensees. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Important Notice:Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive (1.5) continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or 

leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

This salon will be held at 1435 School House Rd., Montecito, California 93108 

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