The recent recipient of a Distinguished Humanitarian Award, Dr. Sheldon Braaten has committed the last 45 years to helping children become the best version of themselves. A recognized leader in behavioral psychology in Little Canada, Minn., he utilizes research-based learning theories to help other professionals serving troubled children to help them to modify their behavior, to treat anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse and mental illness. By addressing the behaviors that exacerbate these types of disorders, Dr. Braaten is able to teach children and adolescents techniques to alter their responses and come through the other side positively. Dr. Braaten currently serves as the executive director of the Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents, where he provides training and resources for parents, educators, and mental and behavioral health care providers who serve children and adolescents nationwide. In this role, he advocates for, designs and evaluates behavioral programs according to the needs of struggling children and youths. He offers customized training in the areas of aggression, assessment, behavioral-emotional assessment, functional behavioral assessment, behavioral reduction strategies, intervention plans and program development for emotional behavioral disorders.