Sunday, January 12 at 4:00 pm

Sunday Speaker Series: Dr. Jonathan Aronoff on The Lost Generation of Boys

Join us on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. for an informative and provocative talk by Dr. Jonathan Aronoff, entitled “The Lost Generation of Boys.” Dr. Aronoff is a licensed psychologist, board certified psychoanalyst, and certified personal and executive coach with a private practice in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.


For the last 10 years Dr. Aronoff has been focusing his clinical and coaching practice on adolescent and young adult males and couples. His extensive work with adolescent and young adult males has prompted him to write a book: The Lost Generation of Boys (in progress).


Who are “The Lost Generation of Boys” and why should we be concerned about them?  Dr. Aronoff will address this profound and disturbing trend in our current population of boys and young men. Characterized by immaturity, impatience, passivity, and/or abusive, violent and aggressive behaviors, these “man-boys” gravitate towards technologically driven activities that offer immediate gratification and constant stimulation. They withdraw from their families and find their “real world” on the Internet.


In his talk, Dr. Aronoff will explore the factors that have contributed to this trend, and will propose a model to teach parents, teachers, coaches, and spiritual leaders how to educate, socialize and mentor boys so that they will become men.


Dr. Aronoff has presented his ideas for the book The Lost Generation of Boys at the American Psychological Association and the International Symposium and Summit on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma. He was recently interviewed at WGBY TV on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.  WGBY Anchorwomen Aliz Koletas asked Dr. Aronoff to discuss the concepts of his book to help explain the actions of young men who are obsessed with, and initiate, acts of violence.


This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the talk.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Born and raised in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Jonathan Aronoff graduated Monument Mountain Regional High School in 1971, attended Hampshire College where he graduated with a psychology major in 1975, obtained his Master’s of Science in experimental psychology from Ohio University in 1977, his Master’s of Arts in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in 1981, and his doctorate in clinical psychology at Brigham Young University in 1984. He has been in private practice since 1993 and is on the faculty at the College of Executive Coaching in Pismo Beach, California.  After graduating Brigham Young University, he worked for 9 years at the Austen Riggs Center, an open long-term psychiatric hospital in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His life long commitment to athletics led to his becoming a certified fitness trainer and working with high school and college athletes.  He was head coach for the Monument Mountain Regional High School Girls Soccer Team from 1998 through 2002.

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