The Summit School Symposium – The Power of Mindset: Nurturing Motivation, Hope, and Resilience in Children

The Power of Mindset: Nurturing Motivation, Hope, and Resilience in Children

Today’s children face a multitude of pressures.  Central to growing up successfully is learning to manage stress, confront challenges, and thrive in the face of adversity.  Resilience—the ability to cope with and overcome life’s difficulties—is a quality that can potentially be nurtured in all children and teens.  Resilience involves such important attributes as self-discipline, effective problem solving, caring, motivation, and hope.  Join us for a day with Dr. Robert Brooks as he describes realistic strategies for developing these attributes in both the home and school setting.  Teachers, parents, and other caregivers will learn actions they can initiate to reinforce a resilient mindset and behaviors in youth, especially those who are burdened with a negative mindset and self-defeating ways of coping.  Many examples will be used to illustrate the application of effective strategies. Click here for a flyer.

Participants Will:

  • learn different theories of mindset
  • learn theories of mindset related to positive emotions and learning
  • learn the characteristics of the negative mindset of many children who struggle with learning
  • learn the characteristics of the mindset used by “charismatic adults”
  • learn a strength-based approach for nurturing a resilient mindset, motivation, self-discipline, learning, hope and resilience in children

About the Speaker: Dr. Robert 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 17 books including: Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience; The Self-Esteem Teacher; Raising Resilient Children; Raising a Self-Disciplined Child; Handbook of Resilience in Children; Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less; Understanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms; and A Pediatric Approach to Learning Disorders.  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 and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital.  Among his many honors and recognitions, Dr. Brooks recently received the 2018 Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College, Newton, MA, for his work as a clinician, educator, and author.

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Registration Information:

Early Bird Deadline February 14, 2020 – $100

After February 14, 2020 – $125

Day of/Walk in $150



8:00-8:30 am –    Registration

8:30-10:15 am – Theories of Mindset

  • Positive Emotions and Learning
  • Resilience: The Impact of a “Charismatic Adult”

10:15-10:30 am – Break

10:30-11:45 am – Memories Related to Charismatic Adults

  • The Mindset and Strategies of Charismatic Adults
  • The Importance of Empathy to Nurture Empathy

11:45-12:30 pm – Lunch

12:30-1:45 pm – Emphatic Communication

  • The Negative Mindset of Many Students with Learning Struggles
  • The Impact of Avoidance Motivation

1:45-2:00 pm – Break

2:00-3:30 pm – The Characteristics of a Resilient Mindset and Strategies To Nurture that Mindset and Resilient Behaviors in Children; Final Q&A

For more information please contact Nancy Rhodes at 410-798-0005 or .

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