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3 Day Intensive: Working with Oppositional, Defiant and Anger Issues with Children and Adolescents

Presented by Jay Berk,Ph.D.

Monday, July 15, 2019 – Wednesday, July 17, 2019  |  , ,

Date & Location

Monday, July 15, 2019 – Wednesday, July 17, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) can present a monumental challenge to therapists, teachers, parents and siblings. ODD and other conduct problems are the single greatest reasons for referrals to outpatient and inpatient mental health settings for children, accounting for at least half of all referrals. Complicating the success of therapeutic interventions is the high rate of comorbidity with anxiety and depressive disorders or ADHD.

Current research also correlates a variety of cognitive skill deficits including executive function, emotional regulation, language processing, and social processing. These complicating comorbidities and correlations mean that ODD often requires multidisciplinary assessment and components of mental health care, case management, and educational intervention for students and clients to improve.

This dynamic workshop will address a full range of behavioural disturbances, from mild to severe, in order to identify the therapeutic techniques that have proven effective. Participants will review and discuss strategies which can be immediately applied across a variety of settings including home, community, social groups, classrooms, or therapeutic.

Participants will examine the intersection of ODD with a variety of issues such as trauma, ADD, learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, and depression and discuss how these affect and alter treatment decisions. Participants will leave this workshop with a much improved diagnostic and treatment approach to ODD and other behavioural disorders.

Benefits to Attending

  • Beyond behaviour charts – Truly intervene with difficult behaviours
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder & important DSM-5 updates
  • The #1 reason families inadvertently fuel defiant behaviours
  • How educators and clinicians may be fuelling exactly what they are trying to stop
  • Why child/adolescent “terrorist behaviours” work
  • Technology and behaviours… video games, electronic bullying, learning styles
  • Case studies & experiences

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Day 1 and 2

Today’s Impact on Behaviour in Children/ Adolescents

  • DSM-5 updates
  • Diagnosis of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
  • Impact of technology on behaviours
  • Changes in schools systems and mental health delivery
  • Non-verbal problem solving

Why Children Become Oppositional & Defiant

  • Splitting issues
  • Problem solving errors
  • Rage cycles

The Diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Impact on service delivery
  • The important difference between ODD and conduct disorder

Related Issues/Disorders that Impact Oppositional Behaviours

  • ASD
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Learning disabilities
  • Tourette’s
  • Poverty and others

The Impact of Medications

  • Efficacy
  • Medication trends
  • Essential considerations regarding side effects
  • Is there a medication for oppositional behaviours?

Intervention Strategies to Reduce Passive Aggressive, Disruptive & Violent Behaviours

  • Individual/group/classroom
  • Create immediate changes in behaviour
  • Strategies for aggressive behaviours without restraints
  • Ways to recognize and recover

Intervention Strategies That Do Not Work & How to Fix Them

  • Pitfalls in behaviour plans and how to effectively revise
  • Effective strategies with minimal staff time

Intervention Options in a Variety of Settings

  • Creative problem solving techniques
  • Methods to reduce maladaptive problem solving

Strategies to Work with Parents & Staff Members

  • Resistant and non-disciplining parents
  • Keeping your team effective
  • Dealing with burned out staff members


Day 3

 ‘Magic Dust”, Additional Proven and Effective Strategies

  • Collecting baseline information and temperature reads
  • Approaching parents and helping them become part of the solution
  • Videotaping out of control behavior and calm times
  • Implementing and adhering to a reinforcement schedule before the outburst or anger episode
  • Attention and people time as reinforcers
  • Focusing on what went right and building on successes
  • Reflecting on cognitions to improve acting out behavior
  • Teaching children healthy boundaries and over attachment to individuals
  • Pacing the medication and working on the parent’s or child’s concern about medication
  • Oppositional kids and inconsistent parenting
  • Who is in control?
  • Different rules, different places
  • Fair vs Equal
  • Sending powerful messages to a child
  • Community supports

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Jay Berk, Ph.D.

Jay Berk, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in the child/adolescent behavioural field who brings both a clinical and education perspective to his work with children, adolescents and their families. For over 25 years, Dr. Berk has been treating clients with ODD, ADHD, autism, anxiety and stress, depression, learning disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome and individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. He conducts 15 social skills/mental health groups for children and adolescents and works daily with school and community professionals, families and parents. Dr. Berk continually consults for several school districts. In his private practice, in Beachwood, Ohio, he provides therapy for children, adolescents, families, testing and evaluation, school consultation as well as designed and facilitates alternative educational program..



“Great approach/style by Jay – good mix of humour/serious material. Dynamic speaker.”
– Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Enjoyed. I was engaged. Felt it was relevant, realistic, practical.”
– Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Dr. Berk is an exceptional presenter. This is the first workshop that I have attended and felt like the presenter has lived and worked with the material! Fantastic presenter and workshop!!”
– Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Thanks! You were funny and made learning fun! You did a great job!!”
– Angie Helder | Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Loved the humour he used throughout. Loved the format of audience participation, chatting with the group, slides, videos, and how open Dr. Berk is to questions. Could listen to him all day!!”
– Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Presenter was very knowledgeable on the subject matter. He was entertaining and kept the audience focused and engaged.”
– Winnipeg, MB | November 23, 2017



Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Recommended Accommodation

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation, please call 800.661.9266.

*Please book early to reserve your space! This workshop takes place during Banff’s high season, ALL recommended accommodation will sell out. 

The Banff Lodging Company offers a 10% discount at their sister properties. Bookings must be made a minimum of 45 days prior to the event.  All bookings are based on availability at time of booking. This discount is available from July 2 – 18, 2019.

10% Discount:

  • Moose Hotel & Suites
  • Inns of Banff
  • Bumpers Inn
  • Rocky Mountain Resort
  • Tunnel Mountain Resort
  • Hidden Ridge Resort
  • Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
  • Banff Ptarmigan Inn
  • Fox Hotel & Suites

More information at www.bestofbanff.com



Banff Lodging Company – Call 1.800.563.8764 reference the “Jack Hirose & Associates Group Rate #2570866”.

Alternate Options (no discount/ not affiliated):

Banff Airporter Bus 15% Discount
The Banff Park Lodge in the heart of the Alberta Rocky Mountains and does not have an international airport. For those coming from away, the best option is to fly into Calgary, Alberta, Canada (YYC) and rent a car or take the Banff Airporter (bus) to get to your hotel. The ride will take about two hours and you will enjoy a wonderful view of the mountains as you approach.

Receive a 15% discount on the Banff Airporter’s shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and door to door service to your hotel in Banff. 

To book please go to www.banffairporter.com/book Please insert one of the promo codes below in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount.

  • July 2 – 6, 2019 – FORSYTHSAVE15
  • July 7 – 11, 2019 – VANDIJKSAVE15
  • July 14 – 18, 2019 – BERKSAVE15

If have any questions you can call their toll free number at 1.888.449.2901.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $619 $639
Group 3-7 $599 $619
Group 8-14 $579 $599
Group 15+ $559 $579
Full-Time Student $559 $579

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: July 1, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, July 1, 2019.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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