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. Guidelines for structuring interactions for positive outcomes will be given, and a coaching model to bring out the best in youth who exhibit challenging behaviour will be provided.

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

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • 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
  • Behaviour Guidance Strategies
  • A Coaching Model for Challenging Behaviours
  • Managing Aggressive Behaviours
  • Strategies for Noncompliance Behaviours
  • Working with Attention Seeking Behaviours

Target Audience

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 behaviours.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the function of challenging behaviours
  • Apply a coaching framework for behaviour change
  • Evaluate their current intervention style
  • Apply a framework for behaviour change
  • Support children and youth in managing challenging behaviours