May 5, 2014

1,000 educators, healthcare professionals, parents and students think outside the box at 26th annual Peel Psychology Conference

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, 1,000 educators, healthcare professionals, parents, and students will attend the Peel District School Board’s 26th annual school psychology conference on May 7 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The full-day workshop, When everything you’ve tried hasn’t worked:  Creative ways to resolve persistent behaviour problems, will be led by Dr. John J. Murphy. He will provide participants with practical, research-supported strategies for connecting with hard-to-reach students and resolving school behaviour problems.

“Through demonstrations, videotapes, exercises, and practice activities, participants will be encouraged to think outside of the box to tackle persistent behaviour problems,” said Dr. Alessandra Capodilupo, Peel board psychologist and conference chair. “For the past 26 years, our annual conference has brought psychology to educators, always highlighting current topics that have a direct impact on student success.”

John J. Murphy, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Central Arkansas. He is an internationally recognized trainer and practitioner of brief therapy approaches with young people, families, and school problems. A former public school teacher and administrator, Dr. Murphy has trained thousands of school psychologists, counsellors, teachers, parents, and school administrators throughout the world. He is the author of several books that have been translated into numerous languages including Brief Intervention for School Problems and Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools. 

The conference is hosted by the Peel board’s Psychology Department and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Port Credit Secondary School Strings Ensemble will be performing in the atrium during morning registration.  Dr. Murphy will be available for a book signing following the presentation.
The Living Arts Centre is located at 4141 Living Arts Dr. in Mississauga.


Media contacts: Dr. Alessandra Capodilupo, Psychologist, Conference Chair,   905-451-2862 ext. 4280, [email protected]
Dr. Jack Kamrad, Chief Psychologist, 905-890-1010 ext. 2356, [email protected]

Reference: Ryan Reyes, Communications Officer, 905-890-1010 ext. 2809 or [email protected]

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