Behavior specialists Jeff Fink and Jon Halpern founded ChildSense in 1985. Their videos for parents and educators have received positive reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, Video Librarian and School Library Journal.
Their seminars have educated and entertained educators and parents nationwide. Through humorous dramatizations of common dilemmas, they expose participants to familiar scenarios. When followed by discussions and re-dramatized solutions, participants find they are able to retain the information for easy access when conflicts arise.
Jeff and Jon are recognized as experts in the process of changing children's behavior and are known for their entertaining, engaging, and dynamic style.
Jeff Fink, M.A.
Jeff Fink was an elementary and special education teacher for 30 years. After retiring from the St. Paul, MN school district, Jeff accepted a full time faculty position at Hamline University. He has been helping teachers with classroom management and parents with issues of discipline for children for more than 25 years.
Jeff received his B.A. in education from the University of Minnesota and his M.A. in special education for emotional/behavioral disorders and learning disabilities from the University of St. Thomas. Fink is also the author of "Breaking the Cycle of Disruptive Behavior," published in 2021.
Jon Halpern, M.A.
Currently a counselor for The Blake School, an independent school in Minneapolis, MN., Jon Halpern has also been a classroom teacher in both public and private settings. In addition, he serves as an adjunct faculty member for Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. For more than 25 years Jon has supported teachers and parents working on issues of managing children behavior, including time spent as a psychometrist and chemical health instructor.
Jon holds degrees in psychology and education from Macalester College and an M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas.