Full Course Description

Module 1: ‚ÄčOppositional, Defiant & Disruptive Children & Adolescents: Non-Medication Approaches to the Most Challenging Behaviors



  • Utilize clinical strategies to reduce the frequency, duration and severity of behavioral episodes that challenge therapists, educators, professionals and parents.
  • Implement both proactive and reactive strategies for oppositional, defiant and disruptive behavior in children and youth.
  • Discriminate between the clinical presentation of behavioral episodes & psychiatric symptoms to inform treatment.
  • Communicate how a skilled observation of behavior informs your treatment approach.
  • Develop clinical skills for establishing a therapeutic rapport to overcome treatment resistance in children and adolescents.
  • Effectively develop a behavior intervention plan and safety plan across all settings including home and school.

Behaviors that Make Us Crazy

  • Tantrums
  • Running out/away
  • Noncompliance
  • Nagging
  • Refusing to work/help
  • Yelling/screaming
  • Bullying
  • Panic/anxiety reactions
  • Lack of follow through
  • Not following directions


  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders


  • The Functions of Behavior
    • Fear based (Fight, Flight, Freeze or Submit)
    • Escape
    • Attention
    • Sensory
    • Pain
    • Control
  • Mental Health Disorder or Behavior Problem
    • The power of skilled observations
    • The interview
    • Comparison to the group
    • The FBA-Incredibly powerful assessment tool
    • The art of choosing a diagnosis (if you have to at all!)

Treatment Strategies Part I

  • Proactive
    • Behavior plans
    • Motivational incentives
    • Set the stage for success
    • Remember the initial goal
    • Appropriately address the functions of the behavior
  • Reactive
    • P.C.P.
    • Corrective measures
    • It’s like playing chess in a tornado

Treatment Strategies Part II

  • Specific Strategies for the Following Behavioral Challenges:
    • Tantrums
    • Running out/away
    • Noncompliance
    • Nagging
    • Refusing to work/help
    • Yelling/screaming
    • Bullying
    • Panic/anxiety reactions
    • Lack of follow through
    • Not following directions

Treatment Strategies Part III

  • Specific Strategies for the Following Disorders:
    • ODD
    • ADHD
    • Mood disorders
    • Anxiety disorders

Treatment Strategies Part IV

  • Special Populations & Circumstances
    • Asperger’s Disorder
    • Divorce, separation
    • Abuse and neglect
    • Parent misbehavior
    • Foster care

Program Information

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 02/23/2017

Module 2: ODD, ASD, ADHD & Mood Disorders: Over 50 Behavior-Changing Techniques for Children & Adolescents


  1. Utilize effective clinical techniques for working with kids with behavioral issues, high functioning ASD, ADHD and mood disturbance.
  2. Determine how to promote “whole brain” change to improve clinical outcomes in children with verbal processing and auditory learning issues.
  3. Develop tools for daily mindfulness and self-regulation practice to improve child/adolescent level of functioning.
  4. Analyze the diagnostic symptoms of behavioral/emotional disorders in children and adolescents and establish how this informs your choice of intervention strategies.
  5. Dissect how to reduce power struggles & anger through CBT and validation techniques.
  6. Explore clinical manifestations among anxiety disorders, ADHD, mood disorders and ODD as it relates to diagnosis.



DSM-5® Updates & Making Effective Treatment and Academic Goals for:

  • ODD/CD
  • ASD
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Trauma
  • Substance Abuse

The Brain-Behavior Connection

  • Executive Functioning
  • Auditory Processing
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Sensory-Motor

Proven Treatment Techniques for ODD

  • Environmental support to increase autonomy
  • Self-Regulation to decrease arousal states
  • Reverse aggression and inattention caused by technology and video games
  • Promote healthy brain function with structured daily living practices
  • Reduce power struggles and anger through CBT and validation techniques
  • Foster positive peer involvement & altruism
  • …and more

Proven Treatment Techniques for ASD

  • Group and individual techniques for developing social skills of:
    • Improved prosody
    • Appropriate eye contact
    • Awareness of personal space
    • Effective use of gesture and posture
    • Redirection from preoccupational interests
    • Coping with transitions

Proven Treatment Techniques for ADHD

  • Reduce excessive movement and climbing
  • Improve executive functioning and attention to detail
  • Develop an effective teaching/learning environment
  • Promote fluid task shifting
  • Develop “whole-brain” problem-solving skills
  • Boost sensory regulation
  • Effectively advocate for seating assignment, home/classwork planning, and task fatigue
  • …and more

Proven Treatment Techniques for Anxiety/Depression/Trauma

  • Inoculate anxiety in high pressure situations with behavioral tools
  • Facilitate anxiety control and decrease escapism at school and home
  • Reverse lethargy and withdrawal through
  • CBT techniques
  • Increase distress tolerance skills utilizing sensory tools and imagery Nurture mindfulness skills and prevent hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Prioritize worries for mindfulness practice through narrative activities and engagement of acceptance and commitment
  • Create hands-on tools for decreasing sensory sensitivity
  • Teach body awareness
Copyright : 02/15/2017