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Over 30 Proven and Effective Brief Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioural Problems

Presented by Steven T. Olivas, Ph.D., HSP

Thursday, June 4, 2020 – Friday, June 5, 2020  |  Halifax, ns

!  Important Notice:

Due to COVID-19 this event is now being offered online via On Demand

Date & Location

Thursday, June 4, 2020 – Friday, June 5, 2020

8:30am – 4:00pm

Dalhousie University – Scotiabank Auditorium

6135 University Avenue, Marion McCain Arts & Science Bldg, Scotiabank Auditorium
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Workshop Description

Important Notice

Due to COVID-19 this event is now being offered online. This change has been made to ensure a safe learning environment for all participants. The course is available to watch anytime from now until March 1, 2021. Participants can watch, pause and re-watch sessions to fit their at home learning needs. If you have registered for an upcoming workshop and would like to switch to this online course, or for online course inquiries please email webinars@jackhirose.com to be transferred at no additional cost.

More Information

Over 30 Proven and Effective Brief Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioural Problems will guide you through focused, clear and proven approaches to working with children and youth. Every professional who seeks to fill their toolbox with tested methods will leave this seminar with a wealth of fresh ideas and rejuvenated spirits. With nearly 30 years of clinical experience and a background in improvisational comedy, Dr. Steve is a strong proponent of “Edu-tainment”. He uses wit and humour to enhance your learning experience, improving the retention and utilization of the skills covered. You will leave this workshop with new strategies for success and techniques to revitalize your interactions with students.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduce speaker
    2. Daily agenda
    3. Defining Terms/Seminar Warm-ups
  2. Problem Solving Decision Tree
  3. Immediate Interventions: Physiological
    1. Neuropsychology
    2. Hormones
    3. Gender/Relationship to School
    4. Diagnosis/Terminology Primer
    5. Medication Primer
  4. Tools to Manage Anger
    1. Identify GOAL of misbehaviour
    2. Creating Common Language
    3. Expand Emotional Awareness/Vocabulary
    4. Standing 8 Count
      1. Small Scale
      2. Larger Scale
    5. Tom McIntyre
      1. Why/You
      2. Emotional Distance/Life Lessons
    6. Empathy Building:
      1. Taking On Another’s Point-of-View (POV)
        • Alternative School Setting
        • Mainstream School Setting
    7. Time-In/Restitution
  5. General Mental Health
    1. Physical Health
      1. Diet/Exercise
      2. Sleep
    2. Mental Health
      1. Journaling
        • Story telling
        • Drawing/art
        • Video diary/journal
      2. Privacy/Security
  6. Siphoning Energy/Counterconditioning:
    1. Settle Mind
      1. Self-talk
      2. Cognitive Reprogramming
      3. Mental Imagery/Visualization
    2. Settle Body
      1. Progressive Muscle
      2. Parasympathetic Engagement
  7. Rudolf Dreikurs’ Model
    1. Reasons for poor behaviour
      1. Attention
      2. Power
      3. Revenge
      4. Inadequacy
    2. Strategies to deal with each/either
  8. Positive Reinforcement/Stabilization
    1. Home: Listening Jar
    2. School
      1. Token Economies
        • Set-up
          1. Greet at door
          2. Functionalize behaviour
        • Examples
          1. For older kids
          2. Addressing failure
      2. Response Cost
        • Small-scale (big ticket items)
        • Larger Scale (day-to-day)
        • Addressing Failure
  9. Hendrix Intentional Dialogue
  10. ADHD/ADD
    1. Noise to the system
    2. Anticipation
    3. Games with rules
    4. Red light/Green light
  11. Autism Spectrum
    1. Read & React
    2. Rules of Engagement
    3. Building a Broader Structure
    4. Temple Grandin
      1. Swaddle/Diffuse Pressure
      2. Sensory Deprivation Area
  12. Jay Haley – Prescribe the Symptom
    1. Classroom Examples
    2. Separate Behaviour from application
  13. Passive Aggressive Behaviour
    1. Definition
    2. Expressions/Signs
    3. Strategies for Handling/Responding
  14. Ways Teachers can reinforce negative behaviour
  15. Handling Aggressive behaviour by co-workers/At work

Learning Objectives

  1. Utilize effective techniques for the treatment of behaviour disorders in children
  2. Develop specific behavioural interventions that address the developmental stage of the child or adolescent
  3. Consider the efficacy of biologically-based interventions to address behavioural and emotional disorders in children
  4. Explore clinical manifestations among anxiety disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, ODD, and conduct disorder as they relate to diagnoses
  5. Develop skills for establishing an interpersonal rapport to overcome resistance to change in children and adolescents
  6. Analyze the symptoms of behavioural and emotional disorders in children and adolescents and establish how this informs your intervention strategies

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)
  • 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.

This workshop may be may be eligible for CEUs from the following associations:  Show more
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
  • Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)

* Please contact your accrediting body for more information on individual association requirements.

Your Presenter(s)

Steven T. Olivas, Ph.D., HSP

Steven T. Olivas, Ph.D., HSP, is a Licensed Psychologist in Private Practice in Middle Tennessee. He began his practice career in 1991 when ADHD was exploding onto the scene, and has enjoyed working with the energy and spontaneous creativity of children ever since. Throughout his career, he has taught courses at nine colleges and universities, been a national public speaker, a regular columnist for a local newspaper, and co-host of a popular radio show. He is also the author of the acclaimed book, Bad Kids… or Bad Behaviour? For nearly twenty years, he has been helping parents, clinicians, and school systems.



“Very engaging speaker. Clearly passionate and well versed on his topic. Informative and helpful.”
– Saskatoon, SK | May 13, 2019

“Dr. Olivas was informative and humorous… a winning combination!”
– Saskatoon, SK | May 13, 2019

“Content was presented in a very entertaining way. Quite enjoyable.”
– Saskatoon, SK | May 13, 2019

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students 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 Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.


Recommended Accommodation

Atlantica Hotel Halifax

1980 Robie Street
Halifax, NS

phone:  902.423.1161

website:  www.atlanticahotelhalifax.com

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Our rates:

Our rates:

Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates” or group code “JAK”.
To make a reservation over the phone, please call 902.423.1161 or toll free 1.888.810.7288 or email reservations@atlanticahalifax.com

June 3-6, 2020

$169.00 plus tax per night
*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours . If you are booking guest rooms through third party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot not be cancelled.

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 $449 $469
Group 3-7 $429 $449
Group 8-14 $409 $429
Group 15+ $389 $409
Full-Time Student $389 $409

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (15% HST).

Early bird cutoff date: May 21, 2020
The early bird date has passed. Regular rates apply.

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