Challenging Behaviors in Youth – Strategies for Intervention

Challenging Behaviors in Youth – Strategies for Intervention

May 19, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ann Arbor, Michigan – Holiday Inn North Campus
3500 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
$ 157.00 (*early rate) $ 175.00 (regular rate)

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. They will gain a clear understanding of how to structure interactions for positive outcomes and will be provided with a coaching model to bring out the best in youth who exhibit challenging behaviors.

Please note: This workshop does not provide training for clinical therapy or review clinical conditions that may lead to challenging behaviors.

Workshop Outline

  • What is Challenging Behaviors?
  • 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
  • A Coaching Model for Challenging Behaviors
  • Aggressive Reactions
  • Key Concepts in Defusing Aggression
  • Coaching to Guide Aggression
  • Noncompliance
  • Key Concepts in Reshaping Noncompliance
  • Coaching to Guide Noncompliance
  • Attention Seeking
  • Key Concepts in Attention Seeking
  • Coaching to Guide Attention Seeking

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, teachers, parents and anyone working with children and youth who exhibit challenging behaviors.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, video, group exercises, and small group discussion.

Learning Objectives

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

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