FREE Screening of The Kids We Lose - A Documentary by Dr Ross Greene, The Auditorium, Pittwater RSL Club, Tuesday, 27. August 2019

Free Screening of The Kids We Lose – A Documentary by Dr Ross Greene
Following Louise Remond’s talk on Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model we will screen the hard-hitting documentary produced by Ross Greene.
I highly recommend you attend Louise's talk which immediately precedes the film as the film will inspire you to want to change the way things are and the talk will provide some tools to do so.  The film shows how things are but doesn't give the answers.  The talk will.  
This film has only been screened in Australia at the Dr Ross Greene workshops in 5 cities so far.  So this is an amazing opportunity to see the film and to hear Louise Remond, an expert in the CPS model, talk about the ways in which we can avoid the scenarios in the film happening here in Australia.

Weaving together moving interviews and rare archival footage, The Kids We Lose portrays, for the first time on film, the journey of kids with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges, their caregivers, and their collective struggles at various ages. The kids don’t understand why they’re being mistreated and manhandled or why they’re unable to change course … they just think it’s their fault. Their desperate and discouraged parents hope there’s a better way, but have been on the long road of looking for right help for way too long. Classroom teachers feel ill-equipped to help these kids, and have time constraints, high-stakes tests, overcrowded classrooms, budget cuts, and zero tolerance policies interfering with their efforts to retain their patience and compassion under impossible conditions. The entire picture is one of alienation, disenfranchisement, marginalisation, and despair.
Using interviews filmed across North America, the film documents the punitive, counterproductive, misguided, inhumane interventions so frequently applied to kids with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges. In American public schools alone, annually, these kids are on the receiving end of 5.4 million in- and out-of-school suspensions, dozens of millions of detentions, hundreds of thousands of school paddlings, hundreds of thousands of restraints and seclusions, and tens of thousands of school arrests. The Kids We Lose also shows how the misperception, mistreatment and demonisation of these kids begins at very early ages — the astronomical rates of suspensions of kids in pre-school and kindergarten tell us it’s so — and simply intensifies as kids grow older and their difficulties grow worse.
In The Kids We Lose, we hear the kids describing how they’ve been manhandled (literally and figuratively) by the system; we also hear the self-blame and hopelessness that springs from being misunderstood and mistreated. We hear the parents describe how they have been inaccurately characterised as passive, permissive, inept disciplinarians, and we hear their isolation and desperation in trying to find the right help. We hear from classroom teachers who have received minimal training on understanding and helping kids with behavioural challenges but who are nonetheless on the hook for making things work in overcrowded classrooms that include many kids with special needs. We hear from school administrators who feel tremendous pressure — from school staff and the parents of well-behaved students — to “send a strong message” and intervene in ways that are decisive, punitive, and counterproductive. And we hear from staff in therapeutic facilities, who describe what it’s like to listen to the wailing of kids who are being restrained (pinned to the ground by 2-4 adults) and placed in locked-door seclusion or solitary confinement, but who sometimes justify the use of these procedures out of concern for their own safety.
Amazingly, while the plight and treatment of behaviourally challenging kids makes the news every so often – when a kid is led out of school in handcuffs, or when video of a school paddling leaks out, or when a kid dies while being restrained – most people are unaware of the tragic costs of misunderstanding and mistreating our most vulnerable kids. The Kids We Lose changes that.
You can watch the trailer here:

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Tuesday, 27. August 2019, The Auditorium, Pittwater RSL Club, FREE Screening of The Kids We Lose - A Documentary by Dr Ross Greene

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