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Seminar: Differentiating For Students Displaying Challenging Behaviours Using The Neufeld Paradigm And Neuroscience

Students who display challenging behaviours are a concern in the classroom as they can and do affect the learning environment. This session will highlight some of the reasons for these behaviours. In the past we were told that behaviour is a result of its consequences but neuroscience, including an understanding of brain development and the role of emotions, now reveals that behaviours are just a symptom of something deeper. Helping students means compensating for their immaturity and understanding their emotional world. Then, based on our understanding of these, we can work together to choose interventions that can make a real difference whether the student is a preschooler or in high school.

Dates:15 Mar 2023 (Wed)
Time:9.00am – 1.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Eva de Gosztonyi

Eva de Gosztonyi, MA, psychologist, OPQ has worked for over 45 years in schools across Canada. For the past 20 years she has been the provincial resource person for the English School Boards of Quebec through the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management, helping adults in the school setting provide effective developmental interventions for students with behavioural challenges. Her guiding principles are that we must value the natural maturational processes of our children and youth, respect their immaturity and vulnerability, and understand that safe and caring attachments with adults are essential for their optimal growth. Grounded in a robust theory, the interventions that she recommends to schools are practical and doable and go deeper than just managing symptoms. Her interventions are being applied in regular school settings, regular classrooms and also in specialized classrooms and schools with great success. Those implementing these strategies affirm that they lead to long-lasting changes that only come about when we understand the “why” behind the behaviour and respect the student’s developmental needs in our interventions. Her understanding of child development is primarily informed by the attachment-based developmental paradigm of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Interventions are also guided by neuroscience, are trauma-informed and trauma-responsive, and are attachment-based and developmentally friendly. Eva is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and is an authorized presenter of the Neufeld paradigm.

Course Outline
  1. Where does behaviour come from?
    • Maturation
    • Vulnerability
    • Attachment
    • Emotions
  2. How does behaviour change?
    • Maturation
    • Vulnerability
    • Attachment
    • Emotions
  3. Why should we differentiate for behaviour?
  4. Why do conventional approaches backfire when dealing with most behavioural challenges?
    • Timeouts
    • Consequences
    • Reward systems
    • Contracts
  5. How can we differentiate for our students?
    • Tier 1 – interventions for all students
    • Tier 2 - interventions that are necessary for some students
    • Tier 3 - interventions for the most challenging student behaviours
Course Objectives

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the role of Maturation, Vulnerability, Attachment and Emotions in the development of challenging behaviours
  2. Explain the role of Maturation, Vulnerability, Attachment and Emotions in the resolution of challenging behaviours
  3. Explain, using neuroscience and developmental principles, why many common interventions, such as Time Out, consequences, reward systems, and contracts are not effective
  4. Be able to use a “pyramid of interventions” to help students with challenging behaviours in the classroom
  5. Identify and describe “Tier 1” interventions that can be used with all students
  6. Identify and describe “Tier 2” interventions that are necessary for some students
  7. Identify and describe “Tier 3” interventions for the most challenging student behaviours
Who Can Benefit?

This workshop is appropriate for all grade levels (pre-k to secondary) special education and general education teachers, social workers, counsellors, psychologists, administrators and mental health professionals.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) /pax
15 Nov 2022 160
Normal Till Full 190