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J. Stuart Ablon
Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School, and at Work

Why is it so hard to change problem behavior—in our kids, our colleagues, and even ourselves? Conventional methods often backfire, creating a downward spiral of resentment and frustration, and a missed opportunity for growth. Our society has an entrenched way of thinking about behavior. We almost always assume it derives from a person’s will—that people behave consciously and purposefully.

What if the thinking behind these old methods is wrong? What if people don’t misbehave because they want to, but because they lack the skills to do better? Or as renowned psychologist J. Stuart Ablon asks, what if changing problem behavior is a matter of skill-building and support, instead of blame and punishment?

Dr. Ablon is the director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an associate clinical professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In CHANGEABLE he draws from his more than twenty-five years of clinical work with juvenile offenders as well training parents, teachers, counselors and law enforcement, to present a radical new way of thinking about challenging and unwanted behavior: Collaborative Problem Solving. Backed by research in neuroscience, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) builds empathy, helps others reach their full potential, and most of all, really works.

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