Episode 30: Dr. Stuart Ablon

Developing Appropriate Expectations

hosted by: Jessica Pfeiffer & Steve Graner

About our guest:

In today’s episode we sit down with Dr. Stuart Ablon. Dr. Ablon highlights the importance of empathy when trying to understand where behaviors are coming from. When the system is exhausted and stressed, a vulnerability exists to shift into highly punitive and compliant based consequences. Dr. Ablon teaches us that the issue many of us are facing with our students is that there is a large gap between the skills they are showing up with versus the expectations they are required to meet. 

Dr. Ablon is the Founder and Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the author of three books, including Changeable, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, and The School Discipline Fix. One of the world’s top-rated thought-leaders and keynote speakers, Dr. Ablon teaches educators, parents, clinicians, managers, and leaders a very different approach to understanding and addressing challenging behavior of all types and in all people. Dr. Ablon has helped hundreds of organizations throughout the world implement the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.