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Distressed or Deliberately Defiant

Distressed or Deliberately Defiant

Early Attachment Trauma and its Effects on Behaviour

Date: Thursday 29th June 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Venue: Rutherford Hotel, 27 Nile Street, Nelson
Cost: $235

Professionals working in and with schools will be familiar with the complex demands created by students with challenging behaviours. Within this group there is a growing sub set of students who present as exceptionally difficult to manage. These kids are not the ‘usual’ behaviour support cases, there is something more complex underlying their situation which means that normal interventions don’t seem to have the same success. Assessing if their behaviour is based on distress or deliberate defiance is the starting point for developing more effective and targeted behaviour support interventions for this population.


Dr Judith Howard is a senior lecturer and researcher with the Queensland University of Technology. She also has an extensive history with the State Education System in Queensland during which she has worked as a teacher, a school counsellor, a child and adolescent behaviour specialist and has held both Regional and State positions overseeing behaviour support processes in schools. This seminar is based on a successful training program that Dr Howard has run in Queensland over a number of years. It will have both a practical and theoretical focus and an emphasis on strategies that aim to help children and young people with attachment issues relate more adaptively to adults and peers, develop skills for emotional regulation and engage more effectively in their learning.

This seminar is a must for all educators and other helping professionals who work with schools or receive behaviour management referrals from them.

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