Challenging Behaviours in Youth – Strategies for Intervention (1 day)

For those who work with youth, managing challenging behaviours that interfere with development, learning or success can be both frustrating and exhausting. This workshop will review challenging behaviours related to aggression, non-compliance and attention-seeking, and will provide a framework for intervening with these behaviours. 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 behaviours.

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

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • What is Challenging Behaviour?
  • Your Response and the Role of Empathy
  • When Challenging Behaviour Escalates
  • Coaching and Providing Direction
  • Finding Your Interaction Style
  • Positioning Yourself to Coach
  • Behavior Guidance
  • A Coaching Model for Challenging Behaviours
  • 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

Method of Delivery

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

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 behaviours.