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Reaching & Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbance

Day One: The Toronto Educators' Conference

Presented by Rebecca Moyes, M.Ed.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019  |  Toronto, on

Date & Location

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – Tuesday, April 30, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

801 Dixon Rd
Toronto, ON
M9W 1J5

phone:  416.675.6100

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Students with emotional disturbance provide many challenges for educators. Knowing when to qualify a student for special education, as well as what goals and interventions to put in place, are often areas of concern. In cases where students have aggressive behaviours, special considerations are often necessary for their peers to feel safe in the classroom, as well as the adults that work with these students. Many students with emotional disturbance also struggle academically; in fact, sometimes the root of their disturbance stems from not having their academic needs met. Kids today are dealing with challenges within their families that many educators do not have experience with (example: drug and alcohol addiction, relationship stressors, criminal activity, trauma, and poverty). This workshop will provide awareness of emotional disturbance in the school setting, outline ways that schools can support this population, strategies to develop effective IEPs, and practical strategies to assist these students to learn replacement skills.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

  • Description of emotional disturbance and IDEA; symptoms exhibited by students with emotional disturbance
  • Underlying factors that may contribute to a student’s disturbance in the school setting
  • Functions of behaviour
  • Related services and specially designed instruction for students with emotional disturbance
  • Interventions to address defiance, anger and stress management, and aggression
  • Writing the IEP and Positive Behaviour Support Plan
  • Case study – ideas for implementation

Learning Objectives

  1. List the three factors under IDEA to qualify a student for special education services under the category of emotional disturbance
  2. Describe various school services that can be provided for students as related services
  3. Discuss the functions of behaviour as they relate to emotional disturbance
  4. Write examples of IEP goals to teach replacement skills
  5. Write positive behaviour support plans to support difficult behaviours
  6. Design intervention strategies to address a student with aggressive behaviour
  7. List several ways to assist a student with stress and/or anger management

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)
  • 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.

Your Presenter(s)

Rebecca Moyes, M.Ed.

Rebecca Moyes, M.Ed., is a former general education teacher in public and private schools. She has served on Pennsylvania Governor Ridge’s Task Force for Autism and was a member of the PA SAFE Project for Verbal Behaviour. She is the author of six books for educators who teach students with special needs. She holds a master’s in teaching and curriculum with an emphasis on special needs children. She also holds an autism certificate in PA and advanced training in applied behaviour analysis. She now serves as consultant to four school districts in the Pittsburgh area for students with emotional disturbance.

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, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

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


Recommended Accommodation

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

801 Dixon Rd
Toronto, ON
M9W 1J5

phone:  416.675.6100

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 1.866.932.7058 with the group name Jack Hirose and Associates or the group code JA1134

Guests can also book a reservation online at :

Traditional rooms for $199.00 plus tax a night.

*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
Individual 1 Day Enrolment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrolment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrolment $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 (13% HST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 16, 2019
The early bird date has passed. Regular rates apply.

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