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Kurn Hattin 29th Annual Fall Conference with Signe Whitson, LSW, C-SSWS

October 20, 2023 @ 8:45 am


After October 1:
$120/person for Groups of 3 or more
$135 for individuals


The Angry Smile: Teaching Alternatives to the Aggressive Expression of Anger

Anger is a normal, natural response to frustrating situations and events. Feeling angry is one of life’s most common experiences. Despite its universality, so many of our young people struggle to cope with anger and so few know how to express it in constructive ways. In this training, participants will learn how to help kids understand what is going on in their brain and body during periods of anger and how to be angry effectively–using assertive behaviors to manage real-life situations. Participants will also take a deep dive into the phenomena of passive aggressive behavior, gaining insight into why people choose this form of anger expression, how this style operates at five distinct levels, and what participants can do to respond effectively to the passive aggressive person in their life..

It’s such a pleasure to attend conferences on your campus. Speakers are the best in their field, the content is helpful and based on real world examples. We left with new tools and strategies that we can put into place first thing tomorrow morning, thank you!

Signe Whitson is a licensed social worker and therapist with 25 years of experience working with children, teens, and families. She is the Chief Operating Officer of the LSCI Institute, an international training and certification program for turning problem situations into learning opportunities for young people with chronic patterns of self-defeating behavior. With experience in residential treatment centers, private practice, and school settings, Signe has a special interest in helping adults look beyond surface behaviors to discover–and meet–the underlying needs of children and adolescents. She is the author of seven books, including the recently released 2nd edition of How to Be Angry: Strategies to Help Kids Express Anger Constructively.

In addition to her work with the LSCI Institute, Signe is the Dean of Students at a K-8 school in northeastern Massachusetts and presents internationally to professionals, parents, and students on topics related to bullying prevention, digital citizenship, managing anger and anxiety, and parenting challenging children. Learn more at signewhitson.com.

CE Credits

Educators – VT, NH, MA:
5 Professional Development Points or 5 Credit Hours
Marriage and Family Therapists:
5 Credit Hours
MH Counselors: 5 Contact Hours

School Counselors: 5 Credit Hours
School Psychologists: 5 Credit Hours
Social Workers: 5 Credit Hours
Substance Abuse Counselors: 5 Credit Hours

All inquiries for the conference should be directed to Terry Andrews in the Admissions Department at (802) 721-6913, or email tandrews@kurnhattin.org. Refunds may be requested in writing up to two weeks prior to the conference. Substitute participants are welcome. Lunch and materials are provided.


October 20, 2023
8:45 am - 3:30 pm


Kurn Hattin Homes for Children
708 Kurn Hattin Road
Westminster, VT 05158 United States
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