Children and adolescents with oppositional, defiance and/or anger issues can present a monumental challenge to helping professionals, educators and families. A huge percentage of professional time, energy and resources is spent responding to this relatively small group of challenging young people, often without any real sense that there is any positive impact to show for it.
This dynamic workshop will focus on practical strategies and address a full range of behavioural disturbances, from mild to severe, in order to identify the therapeutic and behavioral techniques that have proven effective. Participants will review and discuss strategies which can be immediately applied across home, classroom, therapeutic and community settings.
Participants will examine the intersection of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) with a variety of issues such as trauma, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, and depression and discuss how these affect and alter management and treatment decisions. Participants will leave this workshop with a much-improved intervention approach to working with ODD and other related behavioural disorders.
The main learning objectives of this workshop include:
- Identify oppositional behaviour and causes for the escalation of this behaviour:
Understanding why child and adolescent oppositional behaviours work and how to effectively intervene.
Ways in which professionals, educators and families may be fuelling the defiant behaviours that they are trying to stop
The role modern technology and electronic addiction has in influencing oppositional behaviours
- Implement strategies with the child/adolescent who refuses to comply with directives
- Why “regular” strategies (rewards & punishments) don’t work & how to improve them using “Prosocial Punishments” that do
- Differentiate oppositional behaviours caused by ASD, ADHD and other issues and learn disorder specific strategies
- Design and implement effective intervention strategies to reduce passive aggressive, disruptive and aggressive behaviours
- Create and implement effective behaviour plans for home, therapy and classroom settings
- Reduce the disruptive impact and risk to other children or adolescents at school, home and in therapeutic settings
- Implement effective strategies with parents and other team members. Reduce frustration and increase their effectiveness
This workshop will be of benefit to all professionals who work with oppositional young people across the health, welfare, education and community sectors. Parents will also gain skills. Be prepared for a full day of easily applied strategies, taught with, case studies, practical examples, humour and 25 years of experience.
Jay Berk, Ph.D., is a Psychologist and an internationally recognized specialist in the child & adolescent behavioural field. Based in Ohio, his office and related alternative education program are regarded as a premier practice for work with children who have behavioural challenges.
Dr Berk is a sought-after speaker internationally and he has instructed in every state of the United States, all provinces in Canada, the University of London, UNICEF, The American Red Cross, and is a consultant to school districts in Ohio.
He is the author of “A Parent’s Guide to Electronic Addiction”. Thousands of attendees have glowing accolades for this training with many saying it is one of the best programs they have ever attended.