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Child Mental Health Forum - Stephanie M. Jones, Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Dr. Stephanie Jones

The Science and Practice of Social and Emotional Learning in Preschools and Schools

Stephanie M. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

There is a growing body of evidence describing the critical role that social-emotional skills and related interventions play in children's mental health, behavioral, and academic success. However, those working with children in schools and other contexts are confronted with a large, sometimes confusing array of terms, definitions, and approaches. In this presentation Jones will review research on the nature, content, and efficacy of social and emotional learning strategies and programs designed for early and middle childhood. She will describe new translational work designed to build connections between the major conceptual and practice-focused frameworks for the field, summarize a number of tensions in this area, and discuss the opportunities they present for future research and practice.

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe foundational social and emotional skills central to learning as well as key principles that guide their development.
  2. Describe the overall patterns of effectiveness of school- and preschool-based interventions targeting social and emotional skills as well as their common features.


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