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Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Spacer P.O. Box 1683, Manhattan, KS  66505, 785-539-5252
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Thank you for attending the 

34th Annual Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders 

February 25 - 27, 2016

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

2016 Symposium Program  |  Symposium Brochure 

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Positive Education: Hope for Children and Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges 

Drawing from positive psychology research and practice, Shane Lopez, Ph.D.,discusses how attention to strengths, hope, and well-being can transform the educational experience of all children and youth.

Dr. Lopez, a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute, is a leading authority on the psychology of hope. He has published numerous professional articles and books on the role of hope and the importance of focusing on individual’s strengths, including Making Hope Happen, The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, and Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths.


Thursday, February 25 | Pre-symposium Half Day Workshop

Description Half-day Workshop Sessions (PDF formatted document) 

Friday, February 26  |  Keynote, General Sessions, Poster Session

  • Breakout Sessions (PDF formatted document) 
  • Poster Sessions (PDF formatted document) 

Saturday, February 27  |  Two-Hour Workshop Sessions

Description Saturday Two-hour Workshop Sessions (PDF formatted document)


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Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.
1971 - 2016

Gallup Senior scientist, Shane Lopez passed away this weekend. We lost a best friend and brilliant psychologist who spend his best years contributing to the science and application of strengths, engagement and well-being. He brought together prominent psychologists in the earliest years of positive psychology summits at Gallup. He was at the forefront of the Gallup Student Poll and included much of his own hope research with Gallup's best student engagement work. He designed strengths intervention studies underway at the University of Nebraska that will continue his work in the coming years. His favorite work spot in the world was the Gallup Riverfront atrium, where he could enjoy the buzz of a thousand friends. (continue reading)


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