Brain Works Project
The Brain Works and Coping Skills Classroom Project was established in 2002 beginning in California with demonstrations in 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Since the mid 1990’s Emotional Health Educator Ronald Brill, the project founder and director, has collected research on what keeps adolescents from being able to cope with and get over their anger and sadness. His major book on the subject, Emotional Honesty & Self-Acceptance (published in 2000) describes preventive education strategies designed to strengthen emotional resilience and self-acceptance. Emotional resilience and self-acceptance are two critical pillars of Emotional Health. These pillars, upon which Coping Skills for Kids and the Brain Works classroom project are based, emerged from his initial study of the preventable causes of teenage self-harmful and violent behavior.