Professional Development

Anger Management Strategies for Special Educators

This 1-day course is offered 6 times during the year and is designed for both mandated and interested Staff who work with Students who have challenging behaviors.  The course will present cognitive-behavioral strategies and relaxation techniques for anger management.  Staff will learn self-calming techniques to assist them in their jobs as educators of Students with challenging behaviors. They will also learn techniques for reducing trigger situations through effective class management.

Classroom Management Strategies for Special Educators

Classroom Management is a 1-day workshop for New Teachers.  Participants learn to develop a systems-based approach to integrating Positive Behavior Supports into classroom environments; use a best-practices rubric to create management systems and help problem-solve how to increase positive behavior and reduce student misbehavior; and incorporate research-based interventions to handle student non-compliance and defuse student emotional escalation.

Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) Cluster

Functional Behavior Assessment is a 2-day course that teaches participants how to conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and use it to design a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) for a Student with challenging behaviors.  Day 1 will focus on the FBA: teamwork, understanding the context of behavior, collecting data, and reinforcement.  Day 2 will focus on analyzing the data and developing a targeted BIP.  The course teaches FBA-BIP according to State Commissioner's Regulations Part 200.22.  Participants must bring an example of a Student they work with that exhibits severe challenging behaviors. They will be required to collect data on the Student's behavior between Days 1 and 2, from which they will develop a BIP.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Core Without Physical Restraint

PLEASE NOTE: The Core Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) is a 4-day Certificate Course.  It is offered 9 times throughout the school year.  
Staff learn skills so that they can become the catalyst through which young people can change old habits, destructive responses, and maladaptive behavior patterns.  The goals of the training program include assisting organizations in preventing crises from occurring, de-escalating potential crises, managing acute physical behavior, and reducing potential and actual injury to young people and staff.  This model gives organizations a framework for implementing a crisis prevention and management system that reduces the need to rely on high-risk interventions.  Day 4 of Core TCI will cover important safety concerns when working with students with challenging behaviors.

This course is RECOMMENDED for all members of a school's staff including Assistant Principals, Deans, Crisis Intervention Teachers, Teachers, Clinicians and Paraprofessionals. It is most effective when it is being used consistently by all Staff.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Without Physical Restraint (TCI) - DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Prerequisite: Successful certification in the core TCI course. This one day training focuses on identifying and reducing conditions and events that may trigger challenging behaviors in students with Developmental Disabilities, and eliminating some of those challenging behaviors from occurring. 
This course is offered 4 times during the school year and is open to anyone who has completed the core TCI course.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention REVIEW/ REFRESHER

PLEASE NOTE: The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) REVIEW/ REFRESHER is a 1-day course for staff who have already taken the Core training, but who were not certified because they did NOT pass either the written or practical portion of the TCI test.  It is offered 2 times throughout the school year.  During the morning, staff will be provided with a review of core TCI concepts and practical techniques for de-escalation and the Life Space Interview. In the afternoon, participants will be provided with an opportunity to re-take the portion of the test that they did not pass (either the written or practical exam), so that they can be certified in Core TCI.
PLEASE NOTE: Participants who are certified in TCI, and who want a refresher of the core concepts are also encouraged to register.

Training Bus Drivers and Matrons in Positive Behavior Supports and Distinctions of Special Needs Students

PLEASE NOTE: This special Train-the-Trainer Model is for Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans and PBIS Internal Coaches.  The material is adapted from the presentation developed by Dr. Laura Riffel, a behaviorist who specializes in assisting adults to make proactive changes so that targeted behaviors of children are significantly reduced.  Dr. Riffel rode the buses in NYC, interviewed parents, school staff and bus staff in order to craft a training that would be relevant to our NYC schools. 
This Train-the-Trainer Model is designed to give Principals and/or staff the tools to conduct workshops for Bus Drivers, Paraprofessionals and Escorts who transport Students to their school.

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