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Mental Health Issues in the Classroom

Practical Strategies for Helping Children & Adolescents Succeed

Presented by Jay Berk,Ph.D.

Thursday, November 22, 2018  |  Halifax, ns



!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird Deadline has now been extended until 20/11/2018



Workshop Description

Join child/adolescent behavioural expert, Jay Berk, PhD, and learn how to best manage the students at your school diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mood disorders, anxiety and depression. You will walk away with concrete, yet practical, strategies to successfully intervene with their serious behavioural issues, such as:

  • Anger and outbursts
  • Meltdowns and tantrums
  • Cutting and self-injury
  • Obsessive compulsive
  • Defiance
  • Truancy
  • Impulsivity
  • Rigidity
  • Sensory issues
  • Electronic addiction

Through case studies, video clips and dynamic class discussion you will learn:

  • 30 second teacher strategies to manage challenging and disruptive behaviors
  • New ways to reduce the costs of out-of-district placements
  • How to engage students in class, increase productivity and reduce truancy
  • Behavioral assessments and strategies for the IEP team
  • Side-effects of common psychotropic medications
  • How skill deficits from mental health conditions create behavioral difficulties
  • Characteristics of at-risk students’ mental health problems
  • Strategies to gain collaboration with clinicians

Leave the day with the “magic dust” you have been looking for to expedite rapid and effective changes in these children and adolescents!


Workshop Topics:


Agenda & Learning Objectives

Students with Mental Health Issues

  • Characteristics of at-risk students’ mental health problems
  • Mental health issues vs. intentionally disruptive behaviors
  • How skill deficits from mental health issues create behavioral difficulties

Strategies for ODD and Conduct Disorder Behaviors

  • Choices everyone can live with
  • What adults should never say, but usually do
  • Arguments with defiant kids
  • Getting to the core issues of ODD
  • Kids who don’t feel bad
  • School-wide management program

Strategies for ADHD

  • Decrease impulsive behaviors with what YOU do
  • Drawing out the behaviors you want
  • Decrease disruption to other students
  • Know the accompanying behaviors
  • Techniques to self-regulate

Strategies for ASD

  • It’s all about social skills growth
  • Sensory solutions
  • Self-regulation techniques for ASD
  • Most misinterpreted behaviors
  • Manage high interest areas
  • Move them past “kid cop” behaviors

Strategies for Anxiety

  • What to do about separation anxiety
  • Help their panic attack pass quickly
  • School phobia…not always a fear of school
  • Compromises that work
  • Deep breathing and relaxation techniques

Strategies for Depression

  • School-wide program to promote compassions and a supportive culture
  • Getting them past their sense of helplessness
  • When they think they have nothing to live for
  • Goal oriented plans for schoolwork and school day

Strategies for Other Challenging Behaviors

  • Cutting and self-injury: What you really need to know to effectively intervene
  • Electronic addiction: Which kids are most susceptible and why
  • Psychotropic medication side-effects vs. behavioural issues
  • Electronic bullying: What adults tell kids that fuels the problem

Disciplining the Special Needs Child/Adolescent

  • How IDEA relates to discipline
  • Rules for disciplining special education students
  • Techniques for positive behaviour support
  • “Pro-social” punishments

Strategies for the IEP Team

  • • Functional behavioural assessment simplified
  • Facts and data to make tactical decisions
  • Effective collaboration among educators and clinicians
  • What most administrators do that burn out their staff
  • What to do about non cooperative/reluctant parents

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate behavioural choices and mental health-driven behaviors.
  • Explain the effective uses of medications and potential side effects that can appear as misbehaviours.
  • Describe how to implement various school-based strategies, used in collaboration with community clinicians, to intervene when behavioural issues arise from mental health conditions.
  • Discuss how the multidisciplinary team can successfully discipline the special needs child using positive behaviour support.
  • Describe how IDEA relates to mental health issues and discipline.
  • List communication techniques that create a climate for success inside and outside the classroom.

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..

 

Testimonials

“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

 

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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

Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake Hotel

250 St Margarets Bay Rd, Halifax, NS B3N 1J4

phone:  902.477.5611

fax:  902.404.3376

website:  bestwesternatlantic.com/hotels/best-western-plus-chocolate-lake-hotel

 Full map & directions


Our rates:

November 21-24, 2018

Standard Room: $115 + tax

To make a reservation over the phone please call the front desk at 902.477.5611, please refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate.

*Please note, room reservations are subject to availability*



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
1-DAY REGISTRATION
Individual Enrollment $229 $249
Group 3-7 $214 $229
Group 8-14 $199 $219
Group 15+ $179 $199
Full-Time Student $179 $199
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Individual Enrollment $409 $429
Group 3-7 $389 $409
Group 8-14 $369 $389
Group 15+ $349 $369
Full-Time Student $349 $369

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

Early bird cutoff date: November 20, 2018
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, November 20, 2018.


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