For those who work with youth, managing challenging behaviors that interfere with development, learning, or success can be both frustrating and exhausting. This workshop will review challenging behaviors related to aggression, non-compliance, and attention-seeking, and will provide a framework for intervening with these behaviors. Participants will analyze the effectiveness of their current approach and develop insights into what is happening when attempts at intervention do not work. Guidelines for structuring interactions for positive outcomes will be given, and a coaching model to bring out the best in youth who exhibit challenging behavior will be provided.
Please note: This workshop does not provide training for clinical therapy or review clinical conditions that may lead to challenging behaviors.
Some of the Topics Included
- What is Challenging Behavior?
- Your Response and the Role of Empathy
- When Challenging Behavior Escalates
- Coaching and Providing Direction
- Finding Your Interaction Style
- Positioning Yourself to Coach
- Behavior Guidance Strategies
- A Coaching Model for Challenging Behaviors
- Managing Aggressive Behaviors
- Strategies for Noncompliance Behaviors
- Working with Attention Seeking Behaviors
This is an introductory level workshop intended for school personnel, social service professionals, support workers, parents, and anyone working with children and youth who exhibit challenging behaviors.
Method of Delivery
Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Recognize the function of challenging behaviors
- Apply a coaching framework for behavior change
- Evaluate their current intervention style
- Apply a framework for behavior change
- Support children and youth in managing challenging behaviors