Brad Chapin
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I am a Masters Level Psychologist, the Community Based Services Director at local MHC, author, speaker, creator of the Challenge Software Program, Married, Father of 3.

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Self-Regulation Skills and School Readiness

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 3:01pm 0 Comments

Research continues to show that self-regulation skills are critical for success in many areas. Self-regulation is the set of skills…

Self-Regulation and Getting Back to School: 6 Things to Be Mindful Of

Posted on August 9, 2009 at 10:35am 0 Comments

It's that time again!

The first few weeks of the school year are so important and set the tone for the entire year. Self-regulation is crucial throughout the year, but there are barriers at the beginning of the year. Children are coming in from less structure. They haven't had to regulate very well for a couple of months.

6 Things to be Mindful of:

1. Flexible reminders during the first few weeks are crucial.

2. Use questions.

3. Challenge the unhealthy… Continue

Why Do Children with Mental Health Issues need Early and Effective Interventions?

Posted on January 14, 2009 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

What happens psychologically when you fail at something? What if you fail several times?

Let's take someone with ADHD for example. Over time they continue to fail at school because of poor organization and lack of focus. They fail socially because of impulsive behavior and poor emotional control. They can also feel like a failure within the family because they are constantly being reprimanded for behaviors.

The result is that they begin to feel powerless. Let me explain.… Continue

Looking Forward to a New Year

Posted on December 28, 2008 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

Christmas is over and I'm looking forward to a Productive New Year. I try to stay busy, but would like to be part of more conversations regarding the future of youth and mental health services in schools. It seems as if many of the same children that are identified by the school systems also make up the majority of children that we see in our Community Mental Health Services. Our state is also trying to figure out "who" is responsible for serving the growing population of children with Autism… Continue

Challenge Software Program "Helping Children Help Themselves"

Posted on December 24, 2008 at 10:38am 1 Comment

The Logic behind this program comes from research on Personality Development and Cognitive-Behvioral Psychology. We understand that we cannot control the Events that take place around us, but we have a great deal of control over the interpretations of those events, which ultimately dictates how we feel.

This is where we need to focus our energy. Through my work with children and adults over the past several years, the majority of individuals who were really struggling spent a great… Continue

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At 7:44pm on December 18, 2008, Janine said…
Thanks for the comment. Having previously taught for RCEC, I interacted with some of your kids. You guys do a great job!
At 2:02pm on December 18, 2008, Daniel Bassill said…
The Challenge Program addresses an important area of youth development. The Challenge is getting people to integrate this into their own activities, and then to teach kids to use it.

As a non profit leader, I see the value, but don't have the money to purchase it, and would need to have someone on my staff become excited about it, before it would be integrated into what we do.

As the leader of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, I see the value of this in hundreds of site based tutor/mentor programs and I try to think of ways to make it easier for programs to build it into their activities. That means I look for ways to lower the costs to the program, as well as to expand the staff time needed to assure effective use of the program in the non profit.

One way to lower cost is for the application to be free, but this is not possible since the developer is trying to earn an income. The only other way to make it free to donors is to enlist sponsors (business or philanthropy) who cover the costs of distributing the application to multiple locations. That would solve one program.

However, it does not solve the manpower issue. Can we recruit college students who are studying youth development, psychology, communications, etc. to be volunteers in youth programs, with the expertise to train staff, volunteers and youth do use the application? This would expand the staff at the non profit, and also solve the problem of "ownership" of the idea within the non profit.

I encourage you to share these comments on your blog, and in other places where you network so that the sponsor and the manpower might become available to help with the distribution of tools like this into more places where they can help kids.

If you focus your comments on tutor/mentor programs, I can give this some attention on my own blog and web site.
At 1:10pm on December 17, 2008, Daniel Bassill said…
Brad, I'm in Chicago and lead the Tutor/Mentor Connection. Have you visited the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA? Theyhave lots of good information that you might be interested in.

I host links to web sites like this on the T/MC site, which is intended to support the growth of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in high poverty areas. You might find some information on our site of value as well.


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