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Engage in intensive training to change mindsets to create a more positive school climate and better motivated students.

Cost: $1,695

Join Us This Summer in Boston

From June 25-29, 2018 or July 9-13, 2018, Learning & the Brain is offering a Summer Institute in the heart of Boston.

This Institute will examine the concepts of student engagement, motivation and resilience through the lens of “mindsets.” An understanding of the relationship among these concepts will allow you to design and implement strategies that help to create a positive school climate. The mindsets of effective learners and effective educators will be identified. Techniques for lessening burnout will be described. Lectures and case examples will be used to facilitate discussion of the various concepts and to arrive at realistic, practical interventions for reinforcing a “motivating environment” in the school setting. The Institute is designed to be highly interactive and is limited to 40 participants.

The Summer Institute Is for:

  • PreK-12 Teachers and Administrators
  • School Psychologists, School Clinicians and Counselors
  • Education and Psychology Professors

You Will Learn to:

  • Reinforce student engagement, intrinsic motivation and a positive school climate
  • Nurture the ability of students to cope with stress and become more resilient
  • Strengthen empathy and empathic communication< skills/li>
  • Empower students to develop an increasing sense of ownership for their own education
  • Minimize and change "negative scripts" that exist in the school environment
  • Reinforce student caring and lessen bullying
  • Become "stress hardy" and lessen feelings of disillusionment and burnout 


About the Institute

This Learning & the Brain Summer Institute will be led by Dr. Robert Brooks and assisted by Dr. Suzanne Brooks. The program is designed to help individuals and school teams develop the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to change mindsets in schools to improve academic performance. The Institute will especially emphasize how to reach students and nurture motivation, self-discipline, hope, and resilience. The program offers participants an intensive professional development experience, drawing on the work of Dr. Robert Brooks and his experience working with educators and students. Active participation is expected throughout this Institute through group discussion. Participants will be expected to bring in material and questions from their own experiences to share with the group.

The sessions will take place on the campus of Boston University where participants will also be housed.

About Dr. Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks, PhD, is a psychologist on the faculty, part-time, of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric facility. His first position at McLean was as principal of the school in the locked door unit of the child and adolescent program. Dr. Brooks received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University and did postdoctoral training at the University of Colorado Medical Center. He has lectured nationally and internationally about the themes of school climate, motivation, family relationships, education, resilience, and achieving balance in our personal and professional lives.

Dr. Brooks has also written extensively about these topics. He is the author or co-author of many books including Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience, The Self-Esteem Teacher, Raising Resilient Children, Nurturing Resilience in Our Children: Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions, Raising a Self-Disciplined Child, Handbook of Resilience in Children, Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less, Angry Children, Worried Parents, Understanding and Managing Children's Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms, The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, Personal Strength in Your Life and A Pediatric Approach to Learning Disorders, and Reflections on Mortality: Insights Into Meaningful Living.

Dr. Brooks has received numerous awards including a Gubernatorial Award for Distinguished Public Service for his work with the Governor's Alliance Against Drugs, "Hall of Fame" awards from both CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders), a Special Recognition and Media Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association, The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prentice School in Santa Ana, CA for his efforts on behalf of students with learning differences, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from Learning Disabilities Worldwide.


About Dr. Suzanne Brooks

Suzanne Brooks, PhD, earned her certification in School Psychology and masters in Early Childhood Psychology from Fordham University and then went on to earn a doctorate in School/Clinical Child Psychology from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Brooks completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychology at McLean Hospital, where she provided a range of clinical services to children and adolescents on a psychiatric inpatient unit and in an intensive residential treatment program for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and behavioral difficulties (Kennedy Hope Academy). Since 2008, Dr. Brooks has been a school psychologist in the Weston Public Schools, while maintaining a part-time private practice. In her private practice, she focuses her work on consulting to families and schools, and providing comprehensive learning and psychological evaluations.

Dr. Brooks is committed to forging positive relationships among parents, outside clinicians, and schools, as well as engaging students in their own learning process, using a strength-based model. She is a Massachusetts Licensed Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists. In addition, Dr. Brooks is a member of the Inclusion Task Force at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Massachusetts, where she has had the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals and parents to develop a model inclusion program for students with special needs. She has collaborated with her father-in-law Dr. Robert Brooks in co-authoring three book chapters in which they articulate strategies for nurturing positive mindsets, engagement, motivation, learning, and resilience in students.


Professional Development Credit:

This program provides a total of up to 20 hours toward professional development credit for various professionals. For details on credit offered, visit our CE credit page or call our office at 781-449-4010 ext. 104. Note: credits are not provided by Boston University.

Accommodations and Meals:

Interaction between faculty and participants outside the classroom is an integral part of the Institute. To foster this total immersion learning environment, participants are housed in shared apartments with their own bedrooms in a dormitory on the campus of Boston University in Boston, MA. The apartments contain four bedrooms and two bathrooms and are located at 10 Buick Street. The Institute provides four nights lodging with an arrival date of June 25 and a departure date of June 29 or an arrival date of July 9 and a departure date of July 13. Boston University is located in the city of Boston, close to Kenmore Square and Fenway Park and along the "T" with easy access to all the sites of Boston. The accommodations are ADA compliant. If you are interested in making your own accommodations or would like to plan an early arrival, please call us at 781-449-4010 x 101. Please check the online schedule for information on the meals provided.