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Register now for Learned Optimism as a Safeguard for our Children, a one day evidenced based skills training workshop to be held in Springfield on Thursday, October 18, 2007.  The event, hosted by Burrell Behavioral Health with support from the Children’s Trust Fund, will take place at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m.  This training is appropriate for anyone who works with or plans to work with children and their families including mental health professionals, teachers, school administrators, early childhood educators, juvenile officers, healthcare professionals, parenting coordinators, and others committed to best practices in childhood development.

The event will feature internationally acclaimed author and speaker, Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Seligman is a leading authority on learned helplessness, motivation, and learned optimism as a safeguard against depression and abuse.  Dr. Seligman has authored several books including The Optimistic Child and What You Can Change and What You Can’t.  Dr. Seligman’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Foundation on Aging, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Up to 8 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit hours are available through the American Psychological Association (APA).  Register early as seating is limited for this exciting event to learn first hand from the creator of Learned Optimism as a teaching tool and a lifestyle.